The 4,700-member Newark Teachers Union approved the state’s first teacher contract that offers bonuses based on classroom performance.
The three-year pact, which will award merit pay to teachers who earn ratings of "highly effective," was approved by a vote of 1767 to 1088 after a day in which educators lined up at union headquarters to cast ballots.
The contract would be the first in the state, and one of the first in the nation, to base teacher pay on classroom performance, including student progress...
The contract uses the new four-tier teacher rating system that is being ushered in across the state. It includes a 13.9 percent salary increase over three years for those who are rated "effective," with additional merit bonuses on top of that for those rated "highly effective."