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N.J. approves of Christie’s education proposals — to a point

Accountability has been one of the major issues in the charter schools debate, since charter schools are overseen by the state and not by individual school districts. Just over half (51 percent) of those familiar with charter schools say that better measures are needed to hold these schools accountable for the education they provide, while 28 percent say that appropriate measures are already in place. Another 21% have no opinion. This is comparable to New Jersey opinion about accountability for public schools in general.

Six-in-ten (63 percent) Garden State residents say their own local schools need more accountability – which is up from 55 percent in a 2006 poll – compared to just 29 percent who say adequate oversight is already in place – which is down from 39 percent five years ago. Among those who are familiar with charter schools, 33 percent say both their local public schools and charter schools need more accountability, 17 percent say public school oversight is adequate but charters need more accountability, 19 percent say charter oversight is adequate but public schools need more accountability, and 7 percent think both public and charter schools have adequate accountability.

Overall, ratings of the state’s education system have remained stable over the past 15 years, with a majority rating New Jersey’s public schools as either excellent (13 percent) or good (43 percent). Another 31 percent rate them as only fair and 10 percent say they are poor.

Some supporters of these education reforms say they will help lessen disparities in student performance based on wealth and race. The public is not particularly convinced this would happen. While 71 percent of New Jerseyans agree that it is very important to close the achievement gap between white and minority students, just 25 percent feel that the proposed reforms in New Jersey would accomplish that. Another 11 percent feel that they would actually widen the achievement gap and 41 percent say these reforms would have no impact.

The poll was conducted by telephone with 802 New Jersey adults from Aug. 3 to 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

— TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM



 
Comments (3)
3 Monday, 26 September 2011 19:03
DrBob Osenenko
A neighbor said he disliked idea about teachers working 9 mos. of 12 and low quality education.Knowing a little about educating I always notice the obvious.Politicians like to bash educators, but the high paid administrators have some responsibility to make sure teachers are getting the right skills improved,if not they shouldn't have been hired.I don't warm up to the idea the Gov. needs to say or do what is the job of school administrators,but I'd like him to put heat on admins. to do their part improving the field.
2 Thursday, 15 September 2011 00:29
MIKEmrpeanut
I BELIEVE TEACHERS ARE PAID MORE THAN ENOUGH TODAY. THEY NEED TO LEARN JUST LIKE THE REST OF US, THAT THEY HAVE JOB AND NEED TO CONTROL THEIR OWN SPENDING HABITS AND NOT COME TO TAX PAYERS TO GIVE THEM PAY RAISES EVERY YEAR. ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE ARE STUDENTS THAT FAIL THEIR CLASSES AND THE TEACHERS DO NOTHING TO SPEAK TO THE CHILD AND WORK AT THE CHILD'S INDIVIDUAL LEVEL UNTIL THEY CATCH ON OR CATCH UP! MANY TEACHERS BARELY EVEN SAY HELLO TO THE FAILING STUDENT(S) SO HOW CAN THE STUDENT EVEN TRUST OR BE ABLE TO LEARN IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT. TEACHERS SHOULD NOT HAVE THESE LIFETIME/PLACEMENT TENURES. THEY SHOULD BE REVIEWED YEARLY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS WORLD. EVEN THAT THEY SHOULD PAY INTO THEIR OWN INSURANCES AND THEIR OWN UNEMPLOYMENT FOR BENEFITS OVER SUMMER VACATIONS INSTEAD OF HAVING ALL THESE 'PERKS' JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE TEACHERS...WHAT DOES THIS TEACH OUR CHILDREN, THAT TEACHERS ARE FAVORED OVER OTHER CAREERS IN THE WORLD?
I ALSO WANT TO STATE, THAT I THINK PARENTS SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO WHICH SCHOOL THAT THEIR CHILD CAN ATTEND AND USE THEIR VOUCHER AS THE PARENT SEES FIT. IT'S OUR TAX DOLLARS, OUR CHOICE FOR OUR CHILD'S EDUCATION!!!
1 Tuesday, 30 August 2011 07:56
Sharon Schmitt
It would be interesting to know how many teachers do not make tenure in the three years. I think that is a large number. Also it is misleading when the article talks about teachers evaluations. Even tenured teachers are evaluated every year.

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