If Newark Teachers Ratify Pact, District Will Become a Model for Others

Monday, October 29, 2012

When Newark teachers vote whether to ratify or reject a contract offering them bonuses based on classroom performance for the first time, school officials across the state will be watching.

If Newark Teachers Union’s 4,700 members approve the three-year, $100 million deal, the city will become the first in the state, and one of the first in the nation, to offer merit pay to teachers who earn a ‘highly effective’ rating under a new, four-tiered evaluation system.

Newark would instantly become a model for other New Jersey districts looking to negotiate contracts with financial incentives, something Gov. Chris Christie has said he supports.

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