Newark Teachers Union Fights Shared Schools Plan

NEWARK, NJ (1010 WINS) — The battle between public and charter schools is boiling over in Newark.

The head of the teachers union is speaking out against a plan which would have both operating under the same roof.

“The north public schools belong to the people of Newark so they’re not going to come in,” Joseph Del Grosso said.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg with Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso

He fears the plan would create a tale of two cities with the “haves and have-nots” creating an obvious divide within the school building.

“We tried this experiment at one of our schools and the charter school had wall-to-wall carpeting and air conditioning and the kids right down the hallway, in the summer, were sweating and they were lacking supplies,” Del Grosso said.

He said charter schools are one of the biggest scandals ever perpetrated against the taxpayers and insists they don’t work. Del Grosso said charter schools are for-profit entities looking out for their own good with complete disregard for student achievement.

“We had a school that was struck by lightning several years ago and when we asked the charter school if we could share space with them they said no; so why should I share space with them?” Del Grosso said.

He says the union will fight everyday to stop the plan.

A meeting of the Advisory School Board on the proposed plan will be held Tuesday night.

Do you think charter and public schools should co-exist within the same building? Let us know below

  • kendra

    well i can say is charter schools can make a difference in a child,s life if you let it cause my kids have never been to a public school before..

  • Mr Sam

    Why is it that NJ has money, taxpayer money, to fund charter schools and no money for its public schools? Can anyone say anti-union? The Christie administration is out to break all unions not just the public unions. The more they diminish the strength of any union that diminishes the strength of all unions. Union workers are the middle class. They pay the taxes that are not allowed to be drawn from the welthy. The wealthy are the job creators. Where are the jobs? In China, India and any Third World country they can find cheap labor.

  • toughsht joe

    who is Joe Delgrosso? He sounds like a construction union head- bonanno family? Joe go fk yourself.

  • X

    As a teacher, I feel one way. But if the space is available AND if the charter school PAYS to use the space, let them. It’ll bring some of the money that goes out of the public schools back in. But charter schools SHOULD have to function under the same constraints as the public schools.

  • Chica

    Over $300K for each classroom in public school in NJ. So I must ask, where is the money going? Not to the kids. If they are graduating with an 8th grade education, then it needs something new. Teachers unions is what killed education in this country. 90 million for Rubber Rooms in NY for teachers that should be fired, but cannot because of unions. His system does not work. So far charter schools are showing results.

  • Rock

    He claims that charter schools don’t care about the students, but then he gripes that the charter school students had air conditioning while the others didn’t. If unions weren’t so costly maybe all the kids could have air conditioning.

  • Jeffersonian

    Who The Hell is Joseph Del Grosso telling the taxpayer what they can do with their school building.

  • Jeffersonian


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