Labor & Contract
Includes $31 million in back pay
for teachers and $18 million in
other incentives, including less
than $6 million for merit pay.
For expansion and support of
For strategic planning, financial
analysis, advice on contract
negotiations and more.
Includes $2.5 million toward
start-up costs of four new
district high schools, and $3
million for My Very Own Library,
a literacy initiative.
Teach for America
To train teachers for positions in
Newark district and and charter
Where the $200 Million Went
was clear that the reform movement was
being imposed on the people of Newark,
that the thinking in the community was,
“This is not our vision, this is your vision.” She came in as the choice of Christie, and a lot of people thought, “How
can we possibly trust her?” She had a lot
of strikes against her when she first arrived, and she had to deal with that. The
vitriol for outside control, for outsiders
running the lives of Newark people, has
been in place so long, since way before
Why does the reform movement call
for the conversion of weak schools
to charters rather than just trying to
improve the existing schools?
There’s this thought that these schools
are so dysfunctional, and the culture
has become so negative, that you just
have to close them. And I just don’t get
that. You might need to get new staff,
or bring in new leadership, but there
doesn’t seem to me to be a flat-out
reason that a district school can’t be
excellent, that it has to be made into a
Not all charters have stellar results,
though, as you point out in your book.
How do you explain that?
Some are not as well run as others. But
one reason charters schools often do
better is that the parents who choose
charters, even if they’re no better off fi-
nancially than district school parents, are
much more motivated as a group. Kids in
district schools—this is not universal—but
a lot of them don’t have any support at all.
The 2012 Newark teachers’ contract,
which emphasized test-based teacher
accountability, was lauded by reform
advocates as transformational. Was it?
A: No, it wasn’t transformational. It
was a step toward trying to emphasize
teacher performance to a degree that
it hadn’t been. It used to be that if you
remained in the district, your salary
went up every year. It was automatic.
What this was saying was your salary
would go up only if your performance
improved. And it’s so obvious—of course
teachers shouldn’t have their pay raised
if they’re not effective. But who’s to say
what’s effective? That was mainly in
the hands of the principals, and some
principals did an extraordinary job of
evaluating, and others did it as a way to
bully people, to club the teachers that
principals didn’t like.
Has anyone proven a correlation
between merit pay for teachers and
Two years after arriving in Newark,
Anderson announced her One Newark
plan for school reform. How did that
Many families took the opportunity to
choose schools outside their immediate neighborhoods, so the plan definitely expanded parental choice. But the
Based on Dale Russako;’s accounting of how Newark spent the $100 million donated in 2010 by Mark
Zuckerberg, plus the additional $100 million that then mayor Cory Booker raised from donors. (Some funding
decisions are still pending.)
THE MOMENT WHEN:
Girls reach without
THIS IS THAT MOMENT.
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