Christie lauds teacher evaluation pilot program

HADDONFIELD – Gov. Chris Christie paid a visit to the high school here – one of the ten districts in the state’s teacher evaluation pilot program – to highlight the ongoing education initiatives of his administration.

He pointed out that Haddonfield is an example of what he is trying to accomplish statewide.

The teacher evaluation program, he said, is integral to the tenure reform measure signed into law this summer.

“It takes the mystery out of how we evaluate folks,’’ Christie said at the high school here after meeting with an AP government class. “We need to have teachers understand what is expected of them.”

He used the occasion to say that he will meet with the Senate president and Assembly speaker to discuss legislative educational priorities for the rest of the year, including modernized charter school laws, last-in-first-out reform, and the Opportunity Scholarship Act.

OSA, Christie said, would be his priority, because “it can have the greatest short-term impact.”

On other issues addressed during a press conference here:

D.C. job

Christie told a class that he would not accept a job in Mitt Romney’s administration if he won the presidential election.

“No,’’ he said, “I don’t want to go to Washington, D.C. I love the job I have here.  I would be honored (to be asked), but I would say, ‘No, thank you.’”

Camden police

The state is contributing about $66 million in state aid, much of it toward the municipal Camden police force, and some of that will move to the countywide force as it gets organized, Christie said.

Costs of that force will be dependent on county and local officials getting back to the state with estimates of what they require, but he reminded that transitional aid is to be temporary.

Mack

Referring to the arrest of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, Christie said it is a tragedy when any public official is arrested because there is diminished public confidence in that government.

Christie declined further comment pending an indictment of Mack, but said, “It’s disheartening. I like him personally. If the charges are true, it is deeply disturbing and a complete violation of the public trust.” Christie lauds teacher evaluation pilot program