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Sandy Delays Vote on Newark Teacher Contract

Newark Public Schools will be closed Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, pushing back a crucial vote on a new contract, officials said.

The Newark Teachers Union was expected to vote on a contract that offers merit bonuses and the potential for big annual raises in exchange for giving up automatic pay increases. It would be the first school district under New Jersey’s new four-tiered, teacher-evaluation system to use merit pay as well as give teachers some say in their coworkers’ evaluations.

It’s unclear whether the contract will pass. It’s being fueled by about $50 million in philanthropic money, including from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The contract would give many teachers raises of an average of nearly 4% to more than 5% per year for the next three years. On top of that, teachers can get up to $12,500 in bonuses for doing stellar work, teaching hard-to-staff subjects or working in tough schools.

But under the conditions for bonuses, teachers rated poorly would forgo their raises.

With 39,000 students and more than 3,100 teachers, the state-controlled school system is the largest district in New Jersey.

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