Renegotiating the Newark School SystemNow that cameras are no longer trained on the key players, the hard business of negotiating the future of education in Newark begins
As written now, the Newark Teachers Union contract is 93 pages long. Its table of contents alone is almost a dozen pages.
The contract not only lays out the pay for teachers at each year of service and the minimum length of their school day and year, but also the maximum length of monthly faculty meetings (50 minutes) and the pay for “volunteer” cafeteria or playground duties ($2,000 a year).
It is an arcane document like this that could determine success or failure in Gov. Chris Christie’s and Newark