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>Teacher pay targeted by N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s administration

>Friday, January 22, 2010
Last updated: Saturday January 23, 2010, 9:39 AM
The Record

Governor Christie’s vision of change for New Jersey could include freezing the salaries of teachers and other employees to make public education more affordable and effective.

A report prepared by Christie’s transition team members — one of 19 released by the governor on Friday –– takes on salary increases planned to start this June in “statewide contracts, as well as local district contracts.”

“If, absent a source of funds to pay these increases, the new administration must take action to freeze salaries for all public employees in FY 2011, that freeze should pertain as well to pre-K-12 employees at all levels,” the education report says.

It also recommends other cost-cutting efforts, as well major changes to existing education policy, including establishing merit pay for teachers and taking school budgets off the ballot if spending stays flat or rises only modestly.

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