‘No further discussion’ with pension commission
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement today: "NJEA has notified the New Jersey Pension and Benefits Study Commission that our sole focus is on ensuring that our members’ current pensions are fully funded by the state, and that no further discussion will be occurring between NJEA and the Commission." Read More

April 2015

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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

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NJEA PAC Operating Committee Meeting

29

NEA Board of Directors Meeting (ends 5/2)

May 2015

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NJEA Member Family Involvement Conference

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National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week (Ends 5/9)

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National Teacher Day

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National School Nurses Day

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Christie's litany of lies

On The TableBy now, we are all aware of Gov. Chris Christie’s dismal record on pensions. It started as a candidate when he published "An Open Letter to the Teachers of N.J.” that promised “I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor." Just a few months later, he stripped out the small pension payment that had been included in the FY2010 budget he inherited from his predecessor. That hurt the pension systems. The promise was broken. Read More

EDITORIAL

Spying eyes
Do Pearson’s business interests trump the rights of students?
When Facebook revamped its privacy policies in 2009, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that users were growing less reticent about sharing personal information with more people. “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people.” Zuckerberg said. “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.” It appears that those social norms have not evolved quickly enough for Pearson, which found itself at the center of a firestorm when parents discovered that the company was reading their children’s social media posts. Read More

Evaluation Resources

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Maureen Barrett

Three science teachers earn national recognition
Maureen Barrett, a science teacher from Harrington Middle School in Mt. Laurel, is among three NJ educators who were recently honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for their outstanding work and achievement in science education. Read More

NJAHPERD speaks out for PE in DC

NJAHPERD speaks out for PE in DC

Representatives of the New Jersey Association of Physical Education Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) pose after speaking with Chris Griswold, legislative aide to Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3) last month. These active, preservice and retired physical education teachers participated in SHAPE America's annual “SPEAK Out! Day on the Hill”. Read More

Win a school lounge makeover

PARTNERSHIPS

Teachers and ESP Who Rock
Got a colleague who ROCKS?

NJEA and WMGK-FM (Philadelphia) present South Jersey’s Teachers and ESPs who ROCK Contest. Winners receive tickets to WMGK’s Let Freedom Rock Fest, a restaurant gift card or a tablet. Nomination deadline is April 30. Read More

Mary Jo Nagy

SPOTLIGHT ESP
NJEA and BEN-FM have partnered to educate the public about the important role Educational Support Professionals play in our schools and in our communities. Each month, BEN-FM features an NJEA ESP member in a 60-second radio ad talking about the contributions they make in their students’ education. Read More

SnappShots
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION


Petway Pride

Public schools teach more than the three R’s - they support the social, emotional and ethical development of students. Pauline Petway Elementary School in Vineland has done such an exemplary job with character education that it was named a 2014 National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership based in Washington D.C. Read More

Other Blogs/Sites

Headline News

On the Web

ClassWish.org is a nonprofit organization that lets anybody make tax-deductible contributions to fund any resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers, administrators and officers of teacher-parent organizations can create a Wish List of the resources their students need to succeed, and supporters can contribute toward school-wide needs at any K-12 school or towards specific teacher needs. More On-the-Web resources

‘Stop attacking parents with their tax dollars’

Steinhauer demands that Hespe retract opt-out threat

Standardized testing
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer today demanded that Education Commissioner David Hespe retract his threat to withhold state aid from districts where parents followed their conscience and refused PARCC testing for their children. Read More

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Camden school closings illegal, NJEA asserts

Hespe urged to rescind approval of Renaissance Schools

NJEA attorneys today filed a motion imploring State Education Commissioner David Hespe to rescind his approval of the corporate takeover of four public schools in Camden and reopening them this fall as Renaissance Schools. NJEA believes that the closures of Bonsall Elementary School, Molina Elementary School, McGraw Elementary School, and East Camden Middle School violate the Urban Hope Act and the state’s No Child Left Behind Act waiver. Read More

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Christie’s latest pension lies

More dishonest finger-pointing, but still no solutions

Hasbrouck Heights Rally
Gov. Christie’s strained relationship with reality when it comes to pensions was on display again yesterday in Hasbrouck Heights. During a testy exchange about pension funding with Steve Panagiotou, whose wife Kristen is a teacher and NJEA member, Christie angrily and inaccurately accused unions of playing partisan politics on pension funding. Read More

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“Seeing Red” in Hasbrouck Heights

Hasbrouck Heights Rally
The borough of Hasbrouck Heights saw red during Gov. Christie’s town hall meeting yesterday.  NJEA members turned out en masse wearing red shirts as a show of solidarity against the governor’s refusal to fund the state’s public employee pension systems as required by Chapter 78, the pension and benefits law that Christie signed in 2011. Read More

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NJEA, New Jersey Working Families call for moratorium on corporate subsidies

Sean Spiller
NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller and NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan joined New Jersey Working Families today in calling for a moratorium on subsidies to corporations from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) until it can be demonstrated that such giveaways produce any positive results for everyday New Jerseyans. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Attend the 2015 Jack Bertolino Summer Leadership Conference

Summer Leadership Conference
The 2015 NJEA Jack Bertolino Summer Leadership Conference will offer a broad menu of training seminars that equip members to become stronger association advocates. Most seminars offer nine hours of training in a three-day period spread over six sessions. A longer seminar providing 18 hours of training over four days is available for newer presidents. Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

May 6 Lobby Day Cancelled

The Lobby Day scheduled for May 6 has been cancelled and rescheduled for June 3. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Join the Great Twitter Payday Campaign

#FundNJPension
Every payday—from your first paycheck to your last—you’ve contributed to your pension. The same can’t be said of the state. For over 15 years it has shirked its responsibility to fully fund the pension system. Here’s your chance to remind lawmakers to do their part. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Hundreds of NJEA members protest at Christie town hall

Keep your pension promise, they tell the governor

Old Bridge Rally
Gov. Chris Christie plans to present yet another budget that underfunds the pension systems and violates the very law he signed. And NJEA members are not letting him get away with it. Demonstrating genuine grassroots organizing, NJEA members communicated through social media and direct contact with hundreds converging on Christie’s April 7 town hall meeting at Old Bridge High School in Middlesex County. Read More

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NJEA Teaching and Learning Symposium

Teaching & Learning Symposium
The NJEA Teaching and Learning Symposium will take place on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. This conference will focus on translating the Common Core State Standards into classroom practice. Participants will learn how to design and deliver high-quality instructions to meet the rigors of Common Core. Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

NJEA elections to be held this month

NJEA members will vote for state and county representatives in mail election balloting between April 1 and noon on April 16. Members will be asked to vote for representatives to the NJEA Executive Committee in some counties and units, NJEA Delegate Assembly members and/or alternates in some counties and units, state delegates and successor delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA), and county association elections in some counties.

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Detrimental

New Jersey teachers discuss the impact of PARCC on their students’ love of learning.

High-stakes testing

DON'T MISS

Join us on Wednesday, July 15, for Techstock, a celebration of technology and learning. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host the event, which is co-sponsored by Stockton University and the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center (SRI&ETTC), and Stockton University Master of Arts in Instructional Technology Program. Read More

NJ Museum
NJ State Museum Guided Tours
New Jersey teachers can reserve a Museum Guide to engage school groups while providing an in-depth and unique perspective on exhibitions and objects at the New Jersey State Museum. Read More

Prize honors outstanding teaching of black American history
The New Jersey Historical Commission is accepting nominations for the Mildred Barry Garvin Prize. The prize carries an award of $1,500 to a New Jersey teacher, guidance counselor or school librarian for outstanding teaching of black American history at any grade level between kindergarten and high school.  The nomination deadline is May 1.

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Garden State Equality and partners unveil statewide project to change school climates and end bullying Garden State Equality (GSE), along with several partners, recently unveiled a plan to have a measurable, positive, statewide impact on schools’ openness to diversity, including LGBT inclusivity. GSE and community partners plan to empower schools to be safe and affirming learning spaces for all students, including LGBT students, students of different racial/ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Learn more

SPOTLIGHT

ACEA FAST hosts its first Family Involvement Conference
The Atlantic City Education Association teamed up with the NJEA Families and Schools Together Work for Children (FAST) program to present its first Family Involvement Conference to about 65 families on Nov. 15. The event’s theme “Strengthening the Family Unit” held true with organizers providing a busy day filled with nonstop activity for families, top-notch speakers for parents, and lasting memories for all.

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CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

Classroom Close-Up, NJ

NJEA’s television show is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Visit the website to learn more about the Emmy-winning, 30-minute weekly series that focuses on the great things happening in New Jersey's public school. Visit the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.

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MEMBER BENEFITS

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance
Did you know that all NJEA members have free life insurance through NEA? All you have to do is identify your beneficiary! You may also purchase additional life insurance through NEA.

NEA Savings Program

NEA Cash Rewards Card
Member Benefits

MEMBER DISCOUNTS

Your NJEA membership card is your ticket to discounts on merchandise, insurance, entertainment, travel, and personal legal services.

ENTER WEB GIVEAWAY

NJREA

Ethel Fairley
NJREA member honored

NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan (right) congratulates NJREA member Ethel Fairley on her recent induction into Stillman College's Hall of Fame for Educators.

SCHOOL BUZZ

Data shows arts education in NJ schools continues to grow
New Jersey continues to lead the nation through the release of detailed arts education information to the public and the research findings look promising—a 4% increase in high school arts participation from the previous year with significant increases in dance and theater participation. These findings are based on the arts educator assignment data for all schools and the high school arts participation data from the New Jersey School Performance Reports just released by the New Jersey State Department of Education.

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