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NJ Charter School Refuses to Pay Teachers


Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New Jersey, which has been ordered to close at the end of June due to its low test scores, says it will not pay its teachers the final two months owed. The teachers were paid on a 12-month schedule for 10 months of work and some are owed up to $12,000 for July and August. Though not members of the union, they have turned to the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey chapter (AFT-NJ) for help.

“The bottom line is these people are employees of the state of New Jersey, they worked, and they are entitled to this money,” says AFT-NJ President John Abeigon who is trying to help them secure their full pay.

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