TRENTON, January 13, 2015—Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, today made the following comments following Governor Christie’s State of the State Address to a joint session of the state Legislature:

“Governor Christie highlighted the substantial progress of New Jersey’s public schools, including critical reform of tenure and the expansion of educational opportunities in our inner cities. Our state’s public schools continue to perform at a high level in terms of academic achievement, as reflected by many measurements, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress and, most recently, the ‘Quality Counts’ analysis by Education Week.

“That success is due largely to our commitment to education at the local and state levels. We were pleased to hear the Governor’s call for continuation of that commitment—and the wisdom to invest in education at every level. As he said, it is a ‘key to a better tomorrow’ for New Jersey.”

[The full text of the Governor’s State of the State address is available at]

The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 581 local boards of education and includes 81 charter school associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.