Saturday, December 20, 2014

NJEA Cries Foul Over 'Massive Corporate Takeover' of Camden Schools

Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto of amendments to the Urban Hope Act set off the state’s largest teachers union yesterday, while also raising questions about how the law will now play out for Camden’s schools.

NJEA Cries Foul Over ‘Massive Corporate Takeover’ of Camden Schools

Wendell Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association. (Photo via NJ Spotlight)
Wendell Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association. (Photo via NJ Spotlight)

Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto of amendments to the Urban Hope Act set off the state’s largest teachers union yesterday, while also raising questions about how the law will now play out for Camden’s schools.

The veto was spurred by a specific provision that would have provided an early retirement package for Camden teachers whose jobs may be in the crosshairs as the law clears the way for a vast expansion of charter schools in the city.

In his veto message, Christie praised other amendments that would extend the law for another year and give more flexibility to charter networks that already have beachheads in the city.

But the conditional veto raises the prospect that the entire bill could die if the Legislature doesn’t go along with the changes.

Yesterday, one of the law’s prime sponsors said he would ask Democratic leadership to move the bill ahead, saying it’s important to pass it even without the early retirement package. But he was making no promises that his fellow lawmakers would cooperate.

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