NJEA Leaders President Sean M. Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson released this statement regarding the conditional veto to S-896/A-677 issued today by the Governor Murphy:
“Governor. Murphy’s conditional veto to S-896/A-677 preserves the central goal we have sought for six years – the elimination of the edTPA as a requirement for teacher certification in New Jersey. EdTPA is a costly, discriminatory and unnecessary barrier to teacher certification at a time when New Jersey schools urgently need qualified teachers. Removing it is a victory for all future educators who will not be struggling with a a requirement that enriches Pearson but does nothing to benefit New Jersey public school students.
“This reform, which thousands of New Jersey educators and other stakeholders have been advocating for this spring and summer, is especially timely given the severe nationwide teacher shortage. There are currently classroom vacancies in New Jersey waiting to be filled by educators who will be eligible for certification once the edTPA is finally phased out. While it is unfortunate that the school year had to begin without them, students in New Jersey will soon have the opportunity to benefit from their passion and expertise. We again thank lawmakers for unanimously passing the original bills in June and urge them to act quickly to finally eliminate the edTPA as a barrier for future New Jersey educators. We look forward to continuing our work with all stakeholders to improve the teacher preparation process and preserve the high standards that have made New Jersey public schools the best in the nation. »