I'm no lawyer, but I'm almost 100% sure there is no "uniform manner of evaluating" plea bargains. In any case - once you fire those "bad" teachers, Mike, who's going to replace them? Especially after you raise the retirement age, slash pensions, gut health care, and cut teacher pay by at least 10%?Here’s another fact this newspaper’s fact-checking feature said was "mostly true" — only 17 tenured teachers were fired for incompetence in the last decade. Christie used it to defend the elimination of tenure. The fact of 17 dismissals after trials might be true, but the question is wrong. The right question is: How many teachers leave for any reason? Maybe counseled out. Threatened with embarrassing charges. Figured the job was too tough. The answer — 50 percent in the first five years, up to 75 percent in some states.It’s like characterizing the crime problem by counting only criminal cases that actually go to a verdict when it’s known more than 90 percent of charges are resolved through plea bargains. Most teacher problems also are resolved informally, without trials, inexpensively.Christie’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, says a comparison between plea bargains and tenure trials is "ridiculous." He says the state lacks a "uniform manner of evaluating" teachers. He also says the governor believes "the vast majority of teachers are doing great work," but blames unions for protecting "bad ones."
Read the whole thing. Braun is one of very few in the state commentariat who actually gets it.