Finger-Pointing Precedes Teacher Contract Talks in Newark

With negotiations resuming, union, superintendent at odds over plans for troubled schools

By John Mooney

The last time negotiators for the state-run Newark Public Schools met with the district’s teachers union, the $100 million Facebook gift was not yet national headlines and Superintendent Cami Anderson was still an administrator in New York City schools.

And it didn’t go well, either, ending with contract talks at an impasse ever since.…

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NJEA support for private management of public schools displays weakness, cynicism

“It was an NJEA deal,’’ said Joseph Del Grosso, president of the Newark Teachers Union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (AFT). “They blatantly sold Newark out.’’

The NJEA does not represent Newark teachers, although it does represent Camden and Trenton instructors. Of the three districts in the bill, only Newark, a state-run system, does not have local control.…

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Newark’s First Foray into Teacher Evaluation Pilot, with Teachers Front and Center

[…] Newark is one of 11 districts in the state piloting a controversial plan led by Gov. Chris Christie that would more closely tie teacher evaluation — and potentially tenure — to student achievement.

And while plenty of controversy remains, several in the group last night said they appreciated at least being included in the process, no small thing in a state-operated district that has not always held such trust between teachers and administration.…

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Pilot Teacher Evaluation System Slow to Gain Traction in Newark

Superintendent Anderson “disappointed” in teachers union, moving ahead in half-dozen schools

By John Mooney

In New Jersey’s highest-profile school district, plans to test one of Gov. Chris Christie’s highest-profile reform initiatives have gotten off to a bumpy start with the teachers union.


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