Education, National

Newark Teachers OK Four-Year Contract

May 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newark, NJ – Newark’s public-school teachers and staff overwhelmingly ratified a four-year contract May 11 that will give them raises averaging 2.4% a year if they’re rated “effective” or “highly effective.”

The agreement, retroactive to 2015, covers more than 4,000 teachers, clerks and aides, and won 86% of the vote, the union said. Teachers rated “highly effective” will also get a $5,000 bonus, and the deal will also bring per diem teacher aides’ wages up to $15 an hour by 2018-19, the deal’s final year. Teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade will get four preparation periods a week, instead of three. “We are proud to see our members’ hard work and commitment to Newark’s students recognized with pay raises to help them catch up after years of state-imposed austerity and increased health-insurance costs,” NTU President John Abeigon said in a statement. “We always wish we could get better for teachers who have given so much to the children in so many ways and continue to advocate for the best possible learning conditions in their schools, including a return to full local control.”  Read more

May 20, 2017

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