- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey teachers have a new way to advance their careers without leaving the classroom.

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that allows the state’s public school teachers to earn “teacher-leader” designations. It had passed both chambers of the Legislature with no dissent.

The label is available to teachers who complete graduate programs and spend at least five years as teachers.

The teachers who get the designation are to mentor peers and bring research to their schools, among other duties.

Whether they get pay bumps will be up to the districts and teachers unions.

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