Teachers’ Union President Joins the Board of Newark Trust for Education
Joseph DelGrosso, the president of the Newark Teacher’s Union, was appointed to the board of the Newark Trust for Education, the city’s permanent, non-profit, local education fund focused on ensuring a quality education for all Newark children.
“Joe is deeply knowledgeable about the challenges facing Newark education and has shown a willingness to be part of the solution,” said Ross Danis, the executive director of the Newark Trust for Education. “His insight and knowledge about Newark Public Schools will help guide our work as fulfill our mission.”
DelGrosso became a teacher in Newark in 1970 and was elected president of the NTU in 1995. An affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, the NTU is the largest AFT local in New Jersey, representing 5,400 teachers, aides and clerks.
“Some people look at issues facing Newark’s education and perceive them as depressing. I look at them as exhilarating,” DelGrosso said. “The name of this organization is appropriate and board members exemplify what ‘trust’ and ‘education’ looks like in this city. This board understands the value of people. I am very proud to sit on this board.”
While DelGrosso has earned a reputation as an effective advocate for his members, Danis said the union leader also understands the need to reform education in Newark.
“We are encouraged that Joe wants to be a partner in our efforts to improve education in Newark,” said Rutgers Professor Clement Price, the chair of Newark Trust for Education’s board of directors. “It’s vitally important to have the NTU at the table since so much of our efforts will be focused on what happens in the classrooms.”
DelGross is one of three ex-officio members of the board. The other ex-officio members are Mayor Cory Boooker and whoever is selected superintendent of Newark Public Schools.
Launched earlier this year, the Newark Trust for Education is Newark’s local education fund that works in conjunction with the school district, the community and city leadership to improve the quality of education in the city’s public schools.
The Trust’s board is comprised of leaders from Newark’s education, community, business and philanthropic communities. The organization’s startup funding comes from the Prudential Foundation, the Victoria Foundation and the Schumann Fund for New Jersey.
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