Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK – The Foundation for Newark’s Future announced a gift to district teachers and principals Wednesday morning, an act that kicks off the final year of its often controversial plan to transform the city’s schools.

Announced at First Avenue School in the North Ward, the $700,000 donation will provide every public school principal in the district with $7,500 to buy new supplies or expand programming, and $100 to every teacher.


Newark Teachers Union President John M. Abeigon said he was thankful for what he viewed as an acknowledgement that a $90 fund for supplies the district provides teachers was “nowhere near enough.” However, he suggested the outside dollars might be better utilized to restore many of the jobs lost to layoffs in recent years.

“If someone truly wants to help the students of Newark, they would insist that any funding be used to restore these positions, many of which belonged to Newark citizens,” he said in a statement.


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