Rutgers gets grant to work on teacher merit pay system

- Four New Jersey school districts will try a new merit pay system as part of a federal grant.The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday

NORTH PLAINFIELD - - Four New Jersey school districts will try a new merit pay system as part of a federal grant.

The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday the $7.8 million 2-year grant for Rutgers yesterday. The university plans to use the money to develop merit pay systems for the school districts in Asbury Park, Hillside, Lakewood and North Plainfield.

Gov. Chris Christie has been pushing the idea of merit pay to allow teachers who get the best evaluations to earn more.

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