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Newark NJ to buy out teacher contracts with Zuckerberg money

May 20, 2012

This is for all you Facebook-loving teachers.

In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the Newark NJ school district. Now in 2012, we find out:

Newark could follow in the footsteps of New York City, Houston and other cities, to offer buyouts to teachers, to save money, that will help plug monetary shortfalls that they face.

Newark intends to pay off the teachers, willing to leave, with the money that they get from the Foundation started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Does Newark have an oversupply of teachers? This doesn’t smell good.

Why would they be doing this?

Newark has 84 teachers, who do not have permanent teaching positions and serve as substitutes or teachers aides. To [Superintendent]Ms Anderson, the $8.5 million spent on them is an avoidable expense. Moreover, their number is likely to increase next year when the city closes and consolidates schools as part of reorganization.

I don’t really get this part. If they do not have permanent positions then what’s the problem? Anwyay, will Newark not need subsitutes or aides next year?

New Jersey is also trying to pass a law to make teachers accountable for student performance, supported by Newark Mayor Cory Booker:

Anderson attempts to pare the payrolls, coincides with lawmakers attempts in Trenton to negotiate a bill that will assess teachers on how well their students have performed. This will weaken tenure protections and underperforming teachers could be relieved of their jobs, before their tenure is over. The bill has the support of Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Why is it always about firing teachers? Booker:

At a meeting of education writers in Philadelphia on Friday, he [Booker] said, “Superintendent Anderson has two hands tied behind her back. If we could fire the 300 to 400 lowest-performing teachers, she wouldn’t have a financial crisis.”

So now it’s 300 to 400 teachers?

Mayor Booker – if they aren’t meeting the terms of their contract, there should be no problem firing them. Just follow the due process. Is that so scary? After all, your team signed the contract.

  1. John Young
    May 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.

  2. May 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Cory Booker is being slammed all over the internet this morning for comparing the Romney-attacks-Obama’s-religious-history to Obama-attacks-Romney’s-at-Bain-history and tossing the lot as nauseating. Keep your hands off of Wall Street capitalists!

    The focus is on his hurry-up agenda to privatize education. This post is a good follow up.


  3. May 21, 2012 at 10:14 am


  4. John Young
    May 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm


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