Jay Webber is a Republican member of the State General Assembly in New Jersey. He represents the 26th District and is the Republican Chair for the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Webber is the New Jersey State Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of 2011. He received $2,750 in campaign contributions from companies associated with ALEC. In 2010, the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline gave him $1,000 and $750 respectively, and the PAC of the insurance giant, [Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association]] contributed $1,000 to Webber.
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
ALEC Model Legislation Proposed
Webber introduced A. 4168 on June 23, 2011. The legislation pertained to the evaluation of teaching staff members employed in the position of teacher, principal,assistant principal and vice principal, and supersedes any district-adopted evaluation criteria. Specifically, the legislation contains a provision "requiring that at least 50 percent of the effectiveness ratings be based on objective measures of student learning such as standardized tests scores or other quantifiable indicators." The legislation mirrors the ALEC Model Bill, the "Great Teachers and Leaders Act," which creates a council for educator effectiveness to define teacher effectiveness. The parameters set forth in the ALEC model legislation requires 50-percent of teacher evaluation to be based on student achievement, using multiple measures.
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- New Jersey Legislature. Jay Webber (R). Government website. Accessed May 26, 2011.
- American Legislative Exchange Council. State Chairmen. Organizational website. Accessed July 9, 2011.
- "Jay Webber." New Jersey Campaign Financing and Lobbying Disclosure. Elec.State.NJ.US. Accessed July 27, 2011.
- "Assembly, No. 4168 - State of New Jersey - 214th Legislature." New Jersey State Legislature. NJLeg.State.NJ.US. Accessed July 27, 2011
- "Great Teachers and Leaders Act." ALEC Exposed. ALECExposed.org. Center for Media and Democracy. Accessed July 27, 2011.
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