"The time for real reform is now… I propose that we reward the best teachers, based on merit, at the individual teacher level. demand that layoffs, when they occur, be based on a merit system and not merely on seniority…
And perhaps the most important step in that process is to give schools more power to remove underperforming teachers. The time for a national conversation on tenure is long past due.
Teaching can no longer be the only profession where you have no rewards for excellence and no consequences for failure to perform. Let New Jersey lead the way again. The time to eliminate teacher tenure is now."
"Gov. Chris Christie 2011 State of the State Address," www.newjerseynewsroom.com, Jan. 11, 2011
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to teacher tenure; top-level federal and state government officials with significant involvement in tenure-related issues. [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]