Newark agrees on merit pay teacher contract

The agreement was ratified earlier this week.

The agreement was ratified earlier this week.

NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie joined education officials in Newark today to draw attention to a teacher's contract that was ratified this week.

Teachers have reached a tentative agreement that makes Newark the first district in New Jersey to grant performance pay for educators and allow them to review one another.

The performance pay is funded primarily through a $100 million grant from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The American Federation of Teachers says the contract allows educators to earn more, earlier in their careers and earn more for teaching in low-performing schools and hard-to-staff subjects.

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