NEWARK, NJ – Tuesday marked the beginning of a new era for the City of Newark, as city and school officials welcomed students back to the first day of school and the imminent return of full local control to the district. Newark Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Cerf and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka officially opened the 2017-18 school year at Technology High School, where school board members, elected officials, teachers and others gathered for a press conference to usher in the first day of what promises to be a momentous year for the district.
In the shadows of one of the city’s most successful high schools, the beginning of the end of New Jersey’s long-contentious oversight of Newark public schools unofficially started yesterday.
NEWARK — Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday confirmed that the state will begin the process to hand over control of Newark’s schools to local officials next week.
Newark Public Schools will soon vote on whether to remain under state control.
Thousands of students and teachers went back to school in Newark Tuesday, in what could be the last year the school district is under state control.
In the face of corruption, mismanagement and low achievement scores, the state took over control of Newark schools 22 years ago. Now, Newark’s public schools are on track to regain local control. Last week, a key transition plan was given final approval by the state’s commissioner of education. But, the full transition’s only just beginning. Former Commissioner and current state-appointed School Superintendent Chris Cerf sat down with NJTV News.
Bonus Checks to Hit the Mailboxes of 190 Teachers Across the District this Week
[August 23, 2013 – Newark, New Jersey] Newark Public Schools (NPS) announced today the first merit-based bonuses in its history, issuing $1.3 million to its most effective teachers throughout the district. In total, 190 teachers will receive one of four types of bonuses, ranging from $5,000 to $12,500. Letters from Superintendent Cami Anderson, along with the checks, were issued on Friday, August 23rd.
“We are keeping a laser focus on ensuring the families of Newark have an effective teacher in every classroom,” stated Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools Cami Anderson. “We are thrilled to celebrate the success of Newark’s best and equally proud to set a new standard for our community where our best can be rewarded. Today’s announcement is a culmination of a great deal of hard work from many grassroots organizations uniting to improve our community. Together, with one voice, we are backing our hard-working teachers across the district and saying that greatness is not only something to aspire to but something that will now be rewarded.”
“Great teachers should be recognized and rewarded,” stated Newark Teacher’s Union (NTU) President Joe Delgrosso “The NTU is proud to have negotiated with the district a breakthrough contract and congratulates the 190 teachers who received their well-deserved merit bonuses.”
Today’s announcement finalizes the implementation of teacher evaluations in NPS for the 2012-13 school year and is the first series of bonuses that are due since last November’s ratification of the landmark three-year teacher’s contract, the state’s first to provide bonus pay based on classroom performance.
Elizabeth Corker, a Mount Vernon teacher who will receive one of the merit bonuses stated,“This is an honor to be among the first group of teachers who are being recognized for maintaining high standards for the benefit of our students. I am inspired by my students and will continue to expose them to the innovative and comprehensive instruction that is needed to master academic, social and emotional skills in preparation for college.”
Teachers who are paid on the Universal Salary Scale and receive a “Highly Effective” rating on the Annual Summative Evaluation, now earn a step on the salary scale for the following year and also are eligible to receive bonuses of up to $12,500.
Specifically, if a teacher who is on the Universal Scale is:
- rated Highly Effective, s/he receives $5,000;
- rated Highly Effective and works in a hard-to-staff subject, s/he receives an additional $2,500, for a total bonus of $7,500
- rated Highly Effective and works in one of the lowest (25%) performing school, s/he receives an additional $5,000, for a total bonus of $10,000; and
- rated Highly Effective and works both in a hard-to-staff subject and in one of the lowest (25%) performing schools, s/he would get all three bonuses for a total of $12,500.
The following is a breakdown of bonus payments of the 2012-13 academic year.
|Bonus Type||Bonus Amount||Number of Teachers||Total Amount|
|Highly Effective and in Hard-to-Staff Subject||$7,500||41||$307,500|
|Highly Effective and in Lowest-Performing Schools||$10,000||30||$300,000|
|Highly Effective and in Lowest-Performing Schools, and in Hard-to-Staff Subject||$12,500||17||$212,500|