April 23rd, 2010
11:43 PM ET

Video: Newark education standards

Editor's Note: CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry has a blueprint for America’s teachers, parents, decision makers and anyone who cares about the education of America’s children. In our series ‘Perry's Principles,’ Steve identifies a challenge and highlights successful examples of how the challenge was solved by introducing you to the passionate people behind each approach. Every week, AC360° will illustrate one of Perry's Principles and tell you how you can be involved in educating America's youth.

This week Steve Perry talked with Corey Booker, the mayor of Newark New Jersey, who's pushing for change in one of America's most troubled cities.

As Booker faces re-election next month, he points to progress. Last month for example, there were no murders in Newark. That hasn't happened in more than four decades.

And when it comes to the public school system, which has been under state control since 1995 because of low performance and mismanagement, Newark's mayor says he's eager to take back control.

Watch the video above to hear more from Mayor Booker.

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  1. Steven J. Sacco

    Third scenario for you, Mr. Perry. The California State University chancellor decided one year to enact merit raises for its faculty. In a department with 10 tenure-track faculty, 2 faculty members outdistanced their colleagues in terms of teaching, research and fund raising. These achievements were officially noted by university administrators and the chancellor himself. Neither, however, received a merit raise. Why went wrong in this scenario? Hint: the problem exists in a lot of systems boasting merit raises for performance outcomes.

    April 25, 2010 at 12:58 am |
  2. Roy McClish

    Thank you Mr. Perry,

    Your comments regarding the teacher's union "not about children" and keeping "senior teachers" were right on target.

    I have yet, in the substantiate budget meetings I attent, to hear the teachers union talk about anything other than themselves.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  3. bobby from Idaho

    This will also incentivize teachers to pass kids who are struggling. If a passing student is worth $ then the more you pass the more money you get, this has the potential for corruption written all over it.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:48 am |
  4. TonyInLargo

    Politicians need to stop trying to tag teacher salaries and job stability to student grades. I'm not a teacher and have never been one. Neither my wife nor my daughter are teachers either.

    When students don't want to study and their parents don't involve themselves in the child's education and discipline, there is little the teachers can do to help the student, and they will bring a school's grades down.

    Tagging teacher salaries and job stability to student grades, also has an impact on the economy because it creates "economic quick sand" for a huge membership profession that may not be able to engage in financial obligations, such as mortgages, for example.

    How about if we try the novel concept of parents supporting the teachers in discipline and having the students apply themselves to homework and studying. That might actually work.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm |