PATERSON, NJ - In his attempt to overhaul three struggling city schools, state-appointed Superintendent Donnie Evans has run into problems dealing with the teachers' union, according to a story on northjersey.com.

The union objected to some of the language in Paterson Public Schools' federal grant applications for funding for the three schools - No. 4, No. 6 and No. 10, the story said. The district's plan called for a extra instruction time and the removal of as many as half the teachers at the schools, which the union said violated its contract, the story said.

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 Millennium Strategies LLC, the firm hired for $34,000 to submit grant proposals for the three schools, eventually sided with the union and revised the language of the grant applications, the story said.

The story did not say exactly what the revisions were, or whether the extra instruction time and the possibility of removing half the teachers were still part of the proposal.

Millennium Strategies is run by Ed Farmer, the former chief of staff to Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.and has strong ties to the Democratic Party.