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NJ State Sen. Pres. Sweeney Will Block 2 Of Gov. Christie’s Education Proposals

Governor Chris Christie (L); New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Credit: AP)

Governor Chris Christie (L); New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Credit: AP)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he’ll block two major education reform proposals sought by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Democratic lawmaker said Monday that he will allow some of the Republican governor’s ideas to overhaul teacher tenure to get a vote.

But Sweeney said he objects to Christie’s proposals to link teacher salaries to performance and to eliminate teacher seniority protections. Sweeney wants to see a different method used to measure teacher performance.

In April, Christie outlined proposals to change teacher tenure and evaluations. Christie said lifetime job protection for public school educators hurts children in the classroom.

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