The top education official in the state wants teachers to fall under a merit-based pay system. Education Commissioner Bret Schundler is calling for a list of reforms that would reward good teachers. Schundler did say the changes would need some help from the Legislature. Schundler also wants to keep teachers from striking and all the “last, best offer” from the school districts to be put in place if no deal can be agreed upon. The New Jersey Education Association says that merit-based pay is flawed because it forces teachers to teach to standardized tests.