Newark Teachers Union Inks New Contract — Without Oprah, Zuckerberg

John Mooney

After more than a year at the bargaining table, NTU walks away with contract that protects performance bonuses, includes raises

Four years ago, a landmark contract for Newark public school teachers warranted a public signing and a press conference, complete with Gov. Chris Christie and the national president of the American Federation of Teachers.

The deal was the first in the state with significant performance bonuses for teachers, mostly funded by private money, including the much-ballyhooed $100 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Fast forward four years and a great deal has changed. After more than a year of negotiating, the long-awaited renewal of that contract — overwhelmingly ratified by the Newark Teachers Union last week — got only a press release from the district and the union.