Members of the Newark Teachers Union have ratified a contract that now rewards teachers for better performance in the classroom. This new rating scale was built with the intent of leaving behind standard pay scales which reward teachers regardless of merit.
According to the New York Daily News, a local middle school teacher spoke in favor of the new contract:
“I believe that unions have to put children right at the top and that seniority and tenure no longer can be the main basis of how we look at the teaching profession."
The contract also reflects the need for more flexibility and management by school principals in order to help boost student achievement even further.