Education commissioner pushes reform law
New Jersey's education boss announced a plan Thursday to make school contract information, including salaries, benefits and severance pay, more clearly available to the public."We think they ought to be more readily accessible and we will be more clear about that," said Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy.Last year, lawmakers passed an education reform law requiring districts to post contract information on their Web sites, including administrators' contracts. A News 12 New Jersey investigation revealed only one-third of school districts had the required information posted. Some districts which did post the salary information hid it under inconspicuous links on their Web pages.The call for an adherence to the law comes after Keansburg School Superintendent Barbara Trzeskowski was set to receive a $740,000 in severance pay. The state went to court to block the deal. Davy hopes to stop these secretive severance deals.