By Ralia Polechronis, Star Ledger
“There’s no shortage of debates about public education, but advocates from all sides should agree that a school’s primary purpose is to educate students.
And when it comes to educating students, teachers matter. Teachers are the heartbeat of public education. Teachers are the most significant in-school factor influencing whether a child learns in a classroom.
What, then, are we to make of New Jersey’s seniority-based teacher layoff law? Does it serve a child’s best interest? Is it even in the best interest of great teachers?”