Newark Teachers First in Jersey to Get Merit Pay
Report: Deal with union rewards high-performing teachers
A tentative contract for Newark teachers has been reached and will be signed Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
The pact is the first in New Jersey to include merit pay based on student performance, making the district's high-performing teachers eligible for up to $12,500, Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso told the AP. He said the merit pay will be funded by the $100 million donation to the state's largest school district by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Del Grosso had previously told NJ Spotlight that the Newark Teacher's Union was opposed to using taxpayers' money to fund teachers' merit pay. Last month, he said talks had included the creation of a salary guide that would base pay bumps on teachers' ratings.
Negotiations have been 10 months in the making with Newark teachers going without a contract for two years, according to NJ Spotlight. Del Grosso told the publication last month the negotiations involved a five-year contract, two of which would be retroactive.
The union's executive board approved the contract Tuesday, according to AP.
A signing ceremony of the tentative contract is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Peshine Avenue School in Newark.