Newark teachers union not in love with breakthrough contract

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Posted: Oct 01, 2015 9:48 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The last contract was hailed as a breakthrough. But that doesn't mean it will be easy for the state-run school district in New Jersey's largest city to reach a new deal with a teachers union.

In 2012, a donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg helped pay for a new deal that included retroactive raises as well as merit pay for teachers in Newark.

It was the first deal with merit pay for public school teachers in New Jersey.

But the contract has expired and the head of the Newark Teachers Union says that the merit pay provision was more a failure than a success.

The sides have not started bargaining for a new deal.

In the meantime, the old contract remains in place.