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Assembly panel advances teacher tenure overhaul

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Assembly panel has advanced a bill to overhaul teacher tenure.

Lawmakers in both chambers of the Legislature approved bills that would make it tougher to attain tenure and easier to lose it.

While similar, the bills had some technical differences on issues such as which arbitration board would hear disputes and how long they would have to do it.

Assemblyman Pat Diegnan, the sponsor of the Assembly version, said Thursday night that he had ironed out the differences with Senate counterpart Teresa Ruiz.

The Assembly Budget Committee passed the compromise bill unanimously Friday.

The bill heads for final legislative votes Monday.

The concept has been a contentions one. But the compromise has gained broad support — including from teachers' unions.

 

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