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Podcast: Rolling Out Newark's New Teachers Contract

While initial implementation has gone fairly smoothly, some surprises have already been encountered.

Implementing Newark’s new teachers contract -- particularly its system of performance bonuses -- is sure to be one of the big stories of 2013 and beyond.

NJ Spotlight education reporter John Mooney spoke with WHYY Public Radio’s Dave Heller about the new contract and what it will -- and won't -- do for New Jersey’s largest district and Gov. Chris Christie’s plans for improving it.

Topics included one early development in which a vast majority of Newark's veteran teachers opted out of the performance bonus system, at least for now. That’s only one piece of the contract, which also sets new rules for working in some of the city’s most troubled schools.

Mooney and Heller also discussed the administration’s plans for reforming an arguably tougher school system in Camden.

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