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NTU Update - October 7, 2016


1)       Respect the Contract: Attendance Counselors - Teachers, Aides and Clerks are NOT Attendance Counselors!! If the NPS wants Attendance Counselors then they should call them back to work. Schools have been asking staff to call parents any time their students are absent during their lunch or perp periods.  There isn't enough time in your day; instruction, prep periods, etc are NOT to be used to do someone else's job. Use the tools in our Respect the Contract toolkit to protect yourself!

2)       Respect the Contract: Prep Period Survey - Prep Periods are NOT free periods...they are periods where you, as a teacher, prepare your lessons or prepare for your lessons, meet with principal or his/her designee, meet with parents, or students, or other teachers (PLCs). You need this VALUABLE time to review and prepare so you can continue to be an effective teacher.

If you have been compelled to COVER CLASSES, or LOSE PREPS for ANY reason, please complete this IMPORTANT form so the NTU can assist you in recovering your CONTRACTUALLY PROTECTED TIME

3)       Respect the Contract Toolkit – On the NTU website, we have posted a variety of resources that you can use to help with the Respect the Contract campaign, including forms to ensure you get paid for additional duties and coverage. 

4)       Walk-In – On Thursday, October 6, several Newark schools joined over 200 cities across the nation in participating in the National Walk-In.  It is vital to bring attention to the many shared problems public schools face across the nation.  Thank you to the staff and community leaders who participated!  We hope to see an even bigger turn out next time!  Check out the pictures on our website!

5)       Teacher Coaches – In many schools, we are hearing concerns that teacher coaches are being used as quasi-administrators.  Teacher Coaches should be supporting teachers.  They should not be doing formal observations or evaluations.  If you are a teacher coach being asked to do duties outside of your job description and certification, including being asked to testify against other teachers, email and let us know immediately!  If you have a teacher coach at your school who is being asked to do duties outside of their job description, let us know immediately!

6)       Kudos – The new NTU website is regularly updated with a wide variety of important information, including a calendar of events, and how to’s for topics like FMLA’s.  If you have anything you’d like added to the website (kudos, pictures/videos from your school, etc), just send it to  There a lot of amazing things going on in the Newark Public Schools, and it’s important to highlight them!

7)       Upcoming meetings

NPS Business Meeting - Tuesday, October 18, 2016         5:30 PM

Newark Public Schools
10th Floor Conference Room, 1010
2 Cedar Street
Newark, NJ 07102


NTU Executive Board - Wednesday, October 19, 2016      4:00 PM

Newark Teachers Union
1st Floor Conference Room
1019 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102


NPS Board Meeting - Monday, October 24, 2016     6 PM

Malcolm X Shabazz
80 Johnson Avenue
Newark, NJ 07106

In Solidarity,  

John  M.  Abeigon

President & Director of Organization

Newark Teachers Union

Local 481 AFT, AFL-CIO

Michael  Maillaro

Director of Research & Communication

Newark Teachers Union

Local 481 AFT, AFL-CIO

Michael R. Iovino
Secretary Treasurer

Newark Teachers Union

Local 481 AFT, AFL-CIO

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