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2-17-15 Education Issues in the News

Star Ledger - Christie on the issues: Education

By Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on February 17, 2015 at 7:46 AM, updated February 17, 2015 at 7:47 AM

TRENTON — With Gov. Chris Christie appearing on the verge of launching a campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, here is an ongoing look at his stances on key issues.

EDUCATION

During Christie's tenure New Jersey adopted and introduced the Common Core standards, becoming one of the first states to support Common Core.Christie in 2011 voiced his support for the standards, which outline which skills every child should learn in each grade level.

"It starts in that first-grade classroom," he said then. "If children fall behind in the first grade, in second grade they're constantly trying to catch up."

As public concern about the standards grew, Christie issued an executive order last year to have a study commission review Common Core and the frequency and impact of student testing. That report isn't due until this summer, which is seen by some as a punt on the issue.

He told NJTV in December he has "real concerns about Common Core," though he didn't expand on what those concerns were.

In February, "real concerns" became "grave concerns" as Christie spoke in Iowa. He said he is opposed to federal funding to states being tied to the adoption of Common Core.New Jersey is one of a dwindling number of states administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams.

Christie has supported school choice, whether through charter schools or New Jersey's Interdistrict Public School Choice program, a pilot program expanded under the Christie administration.

The Department of Education has also closing failing charter schools during his administration.

He supports the use of student performance data in teacher evaluations, but made a deal with the teachers union to reduce the weight of student scores.

Tenure reform was one the centerpieces of Christie's first term. New Jersey teachers can now lose tenure after two consecutive years of poor evaluations.


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