New Newark Contract is a Step Backwards for Teachers and Students

Statement from NCTQ President Kate Walsh


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Washington, D.C.-- If this contract is approved, Newark will be walking away from pioneering reforms that fueled the district's landmark progress. Under that system, highly effective teachers were able to earn an additional $12,500 on top of their regular salary. No longer. Under the proposed contract, Newark will be spending taxpayer dollars on a policy repeatedly found in research to add no value to student learning and which poses a tremendous burden on teachers' precious time: paying teachers higher salaries for earning advanced degrees.


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About the National Council on Teacher Quality: The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group, committed to modernizing the teaching profession and based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. We recognize that it is not teachers who bear responsibility for their profession's many challenges, but the institutions with the greatest authority and influence over teachers. More information about NCTQ can be found on our website,

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