Transcript: Diane Sawyer Interviews New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie


We know how to do it. It shouldn't just be about test scores, but student performance has to play a part in it. And then teaching, I still believe, is a craft, and so you have to also have teachers reviewing other teachers to say, "Are you staying up on your craft of being a person in front of the classroom who children are listening to and learning from?"

It's not a science, it's an art, as well. And both things should be part of the evaluation. But don't tell me that this is the only profession in the world where we can't effectively evaluate people. It's just impossible for me to believe that, especially because I've had four children in the schools. And I know when he has, when my children have a good teacher or a bad teacher. And, you know, so does everybody else who's listening to this. They know. We can figure it out.

And the people who don't want us to figure it out are the union leaders who just want to protect the worst of the worst and preserve their political power. That's what it's about. It's about power. That's what it's about. It's about power. Let's put that aside. Let's make a system that puts children's interest ahead of the feelings of adults. And that's what we're really doing now. We have an opposite.

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