Education Commissioner seeks new system for teacher evaluations

N.J. State Education Commissioner Bret Schundler says he will introduce sweeping measures for New Jersey public schools including merit pay for teachers in the coming weeks.

During a speech in Princeton yesterday, Schundler said that there needs to be a focus on accountability with the learning of children becoming the yardstick.

Lee of Flemington is in favor of the proposal saying, "The economy is terrible if the teachers aren't doing their job right and a great performance, why should they get raises. I don't get a raise if I don't do a good job".

The education chief hopes to pass the proposed measures by June 1 in order to compete for federal grant programs. The Race to the Top grant program entices states throughout the country to make educational improvements.

The NJEA has reportedly requested to meet with Schundler this afternoon to discuss his plans.

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