By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

It was a little more than a year ago that Newark teachers overwhelmingly approved a ground-breaking new contract after months of negotiations. But now we see the local teachers’ union out on the street, carrying placards and protesting it.

So it seems like a good time to ask: How well is this contract actually working?

The agreement, signed in October 2012, put this city on the cutting edge of education reform. The best teachers would get bonuses, and the worst, pay freezes. It would make it easier to get rid of bad teachers who don’t improve. And it would ensure that teachers have a seat at the table when these evaluations are made.

Over the months since, Superintendent Cami Anderson and the teachers’ union have worked together to execute these sweeping changes. And already, they have vastly improved the way teachers are evaluated.


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