The NTU and our community and legal partners continue to rack up major legal victories against the State in their battle to devalue educators and destroy public education:
1) The NJ Supreme Court has denied the state’s latest petition to freeze education funding and to grant the Commissioner of Education authority to override teachers contracts. Summarily, the bogus lawsuit claiming tenure and Newark teachers are an impediment to student learning has been dismissed and declared moot.
2) Moments ago, on a 6-2 vote, the State Board of Education rejected Governor Christie's proposal to reduce qualifications for charter school teachers. In a stinging rebuke, State Board of Ed members said the plan was poorly designed, had no valid evaluation component, was not necessary, and would hurt education in New Jersey.
We will not stop fighting until the State is out of Newark entirely, but these are huge victories in pushing back against the State’s anti-teacher, anti-public schools agenda!
John M Abeigon
President & Director of Organization
Newark Teachers Union, Local 481, AFT, AFL-CIO