1. "Newark teachers strike historic deal including bonuses for top educators 2. NEWARK The Newark Teachers Union has reached a historic deal with the state that will make the district the first in New Jersey to offer bonuses based on how teachers perform in the classroom, union officials said today. 3. ...a three-year contract today that includes annual bonuses that range from $2,000 to $12,500 for teachers rated "effective" or "highly effective" under a new evaluation system,... 4. Teachers unions have traditionally resisted merit pay or any system that would link compensation to student performance. Del Grosso said the key to the Newark deal was a provision in the contract that will allow teachers to serve on the committees evaluating colleagues performance in the classroom. 5. Each school will have a three-person evaluation committee that includes a school administrator, a principal and a teacher with equal power,... 6. "We will have a say in our own destiny," Del Grosso said. "Were militant in that we want to control our own profession." 7. ...the union and the district discussed merit pay or "performance enhancers" for months. 8. The Newark Teachers Union represents nearly 3,300 teachers, who oversee 37,000 students in the state-run district. The teachers have been working under the terms of a contract that expired more than two years ago while the two sides tried to reach a new deal. 9. Newarks merit pay program will be based on a four-tier rating system included in new teacher tenure rules Gov. Chris Christie signed into law over the summer. The new law includes annual evaluations for teachers that will rate them "highly effective," "effective," "partially effective" or "ineffective." 10. ...teachers rated "highly effective" or "effective" would get extra pay. Teachers who work in less desirable schools or subject areas would also be eligible for bonuses, union officials said." Newark teachers strike historic deal including bonuses for top educators | NJ.com This is the face of the future.....and, really, isn't this moving in the direction we'd hope for?