Gov. Christie changes education grant application

(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made last-minute changes to the state's application for a $400 million federal "Race to the Top" education grant.

The changes announced Tuesday are intended to more closely link teacher merit pay and evaluations to student achievement.

The new grant application also makes it easier to fire ineffective teachers, even ones with seniority.

That's an item likely to draw the ire of the state's largest teachers union, which signed off on the original application wording last week.

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