TRENTON N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants school boards in struggling districts to be able to hand over operations of some schools to outside education management organizations.

The groups could be for-profit companies.

Several other states allow for-profit firms to run public schools, but New Jersey hasn’t yet tried it.

Christie said Thursday that legislation would be introduced next week to allow the changes on a pilot basis. At first, no more than five schools would be involved.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With Union Reaction

Christie is promoting several measures to give students in underperforming schools options to go elsewhere.

Christie has previously taken the public education system to task, arguing change is needed both at schools and with teacher unions.

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