For some experts there’s no point in adding years with adding mentors as well
In Hawaii, it’s just one year. In Ohio, it can be as many as seven. In between, most states pick three years as the magic number, after which a teacher receives tenure.
But times are changing, as states seek to add years to the requirements for a new teacher to be granted tenure — New Jersey included. And with those changes has come the debate as to how much time is right, with little consensus beyond the agreement that adding years must also come with added support. (more…)
TRENTON—Average teacher raises are declining, according to a preliminary analysis of 2011-2012 teacher contracts reported by the New Jersey School Boards Association today.
“Reasons for the decline in settlement rates, or average raises, include the two percent tax levy cap, reduced state aid in 2010-2011, and school board concerns about the impact of property taxes and the poor economy on their constituents,” explained Marie S. Bilik, NJSBA executive director. (more…)
As Governor Chris Christie goes to war with the NJ teachers union, let’s review what he’s up against.
NJEA director Vince Giordano received $421,615 in salary and $128,508 in deferred compensation last year, according to tax filings released last spring.
NJEA president Barbara Keshishian earned $256,450 last year. VP Wendell Steinhauer and Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan were paid $170,974 each.
Meanwhile, the governor earned a measly $175,000.
Christie’s war with the union escalated earlier this summer when a union official suggested praying for the governor’s death. Last week, Christie lambasted a teacher at a public forum.
For more examples of public sector excess, meet the 8,074 New York transit workers who earn over $100,000 –>
NEWARK—Mayor Cory Booker said he is looking to bring teacher incentive pay to the city.
“I think we should pay our teachers more,” Mr. Booker said on Wednesday. The mayor said he and his staff have begun “crunching the numbers” to try to reward top-performing teachers with higher salaries, a top priority for many national educational reformers. (more…)
MOORESTOWN — Hundreds of local teachers rallied outside the Moorestown administration building after school Monday to protest the lack of a contract.
Negotiations between the school board and the Moorestown Education Association are in the fact-finding stage. Negotiators met after the rally at 6 p.m. for their first session with fact-finder Thomas Hartigan. (more…)
The New Jersey Education Association need not cheer. No one said charter schools are perfect or the answer to every child’s needs. What should draw attention is that Cerf told the school to get its act together or face closure.
Failures in public schools can go on for generations. Part of the charters’ strength is that they can be put out of business relatively quickly if they don’t perform. (more…)
State School Boards Association reports new contracts at historic lows, salary increases averaging below 2 percent
As New Jersey’s school leaders begin drafting budgets for next year, lean economic times are continuing to play out at in the one place that matters most: the contract bargaining table.
The state’s School Boards Association said that new teachers’ contracts continue to come in at historic lows, with contract settlements in the last quarter of 2010 averaging below 2 percent in salary increases. (more…)
TRENTON — The fight over school superintendent salaries continues to roil the Parsippany and Westfield districts, with the first debate already in the court system and the second heading toward a legal fight.
Battle lines are drawn between local school boards, which are pushing for superintendent contracts exceeding an upcoming pay cap, and county education leaders who have sided with Gov. Chris Christie, the cap’s primary advocate. (more…)