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June 29, 2013

Newark Teacher Union's Opposition Party: Link to "Manifesto"

Laura Waters:

For a glimpse into Newark's educational politics, Newark Teacher Union President Joseph Del Grosso barely squeaked out a victory in this week's contentious battle for the top spot in the association: he won by a scant nine votes. However, his opposition - represented under a new faction called "NEW Vision" or "Newark Education Workers Caucus" - won 18 of 31 seats on NTU's Executive Board. NJ Spotlight, in recounting the story, says that this will be the "first time since his first term that Del Grosso's slate will not control the board."

Del Grosso has been widely criticized by by some NTU members for agreeing to a merit pay structure in NTU's new contract and associating with Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson. Consorting with the enemy, if you will.

So what does NEW Vision want?

Handily, Intercepts has posted NEW Vision's "manifesto," a thoughtful and well-written strategic plan that defines this union's activism as "a movement of social justice, a "supreme act of devotion" to schoolchildren in Newark and the city's future. Part of that devotion is declaring enmity to "the privatization of public schools, the corporatization of public life, and the commodification of human life in general."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 29, 2013 12:07 AM
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