"It's bold. The teachers are really—if they vote [yes] on this—they're showing a lot of courage. And they're the heroes. I just brought it to a point. The rest is up to them"That’s Newark Teacher Union President Joseph Del Grosso on a new proposed contract between the union and the Newark Public Schools that, according to today’s Wall Street Journal, “would overhaul teacher pay, introducing lucrative merit bonuses and giving teachers a role in grading each other.” The new contract language would also give teachers a role in evaluating each other, currently verboten.
Under the contract, teachers could receive up to a $12,500 annual bonus for qualifications such as working in a school that has traditionally struggled to attract good teachers; teaching understaffed subjects; and scoring "highly effective" on their annual evaluations.
The complex system allows teachers to stack bonuses.
Meanwhile, teachers who don't make the grade could lose a pay bump based on years of experience that traditionally has been seen as automatic. They will, however, have the chance to get some of that back if they improve, Mr. Del Grosso said.
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