One of the amazing things about the legislative and political process in New Jersey is that everyone can agree that there’s a problem, yet nothing happens to address the issue.
There is often a great deal of discussion. There is even some action when bills are proposed. But in the end, very little happens. You might think it would be easier to come to a consensus when there’s agreement on the problem, but that’s not always the case.
I am beginning to feel that tenure reform may be one of those issues that gets a lot of discussion, but very few results. I have observed several legislators at events and have read enough newspaper accounts to see that both Democrats and Republicans agree that the current tenure system needs to be changed – and soon.
I even heard one Democratic legislator say that she believed that the public is also very supportive of tenure reform. I agree with that legislator’s view. I know that on two separate occasions I had the opportunity to poll parent groups using a polling device, and in those groups, most parents opposed tenure.
So if Democrats and Republicans both agree, and the general public agrees that the system needs to be changed, than why aren’t we any closer to a change than we were a year ago? (more…)