This is a great day for Newark and we must pause to take it in. It is a momentous opportunity to improve education in Newark and remake what it means to be a teacher in this country -- respected, protected, and held to the highest standards.
A culture that recognizes and harnesses the value and achievements of great teachers may go a long way in encouraging top teachers to stick with a city like Newark that needs them, while encouraging talented teachers elsewhere to come aboard.
Recently, a notable and respected community leader here in Newark, New Jersey cautioned me not to use the word "reform." Fair enough. But fears over word choice have to take a back seat to the critical needs of our students.