New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he expects to see a pilot school voucher program be passed by the Legislature this year despite objections from the teachers' union.
The governor has been advocating for vouchers that would allow children in failing schools to attend classes outside their district. Opponents say vouchers would drain money from the poorest schools.
Christie joined education experts on a special edition of MSNBC's “Morning Joe” focusing on student achievements.
Friday's show is being broadcast from Fort Lee High School.
The show is featuring conversations about the policies and reforms that will help improve public schools.
Guests include reform advocate Michelle Rhee and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Christie has also proposed abolishing lifetime teacher tenure and basing teacher evaluations partly on student improvement.