On July 31, the New Jersey Supreme Court granted certification in Berg v. Christie, the long-running lawsuit challenging Chapter 78’s freezing of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for current and future retired public employees in the state pension system. In granting certification, the court has agreed to decide definitively whether the COLAs that were stripped from the public employee pensions are a non-forfeitable contractual right under the New Jersey Constitution. Read More

September 2015


NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC


NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting


NJREA Fall Luncheon Meeting


If you want better schools...

On The Table

For the 175,000 active teachers and school employees represented by NJEA, a new school year offers ample opportunity to assess exactly what’s needed in the coming year. Despite obstacles ranging from inadequate budgets to excessive standardized testing to growing concern about state standards and how to fairly evaluate teachers, New Jersey’s public schools continue to rank among the very best in America. However, if you ask teachers and school employees what our public schools could do better, several things jump out.

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These are not your parents’ Republicans

These are not your parents’ Republicans
What if we had a governor who believed that low salaries and lack of respect for the profession are driving teachers from the classroom? What if that governor believed that raising salaries and honoring educators would encourage talented young people to aspire to become teachers and keep experienced ones on the job? There once was such a governor in New Jersey. And he was a Republican. Read More


NJEA Health & Safety Conference
The 2015 NJEA Southern Regional Health & Safety Conference will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Atlantic County Council of Education Associations in Egg Harbor, NJ. The conference is open to all NJEA members in the southern region at no cost and limited to the first 50 participants.  Online preregistration is required for this free program. Registration deadline is Sept. 18. Read More

Evaluation Resources


Jennifer Kelly

Vineland EA member wins national award

Sally Goode, library/media specialist at Landis School, was recently honored by the Vineland Board of Education for winning the American Library Association/Information Today Inc. “Library of the Future” Award. Read More

NEA FoundationLourdes Villacis, a ninth through twelfth grade science educator, of Kearny High School in Kearny, and Michelle Myers, a ninth through twelfth grade French educator, of Sterling High School in Somerdale, have received $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grants from the NEA Foundation.
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Mautone NEA

Mark Mautone, a science teacher at Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken, will receive the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards. Mautone is among 42 public school educators who will be honored. Read more


News 12 New Jersey seeks the best and brightest seniors from New Jersey high schools for its SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE WEEKNews 12 New Jersey is currently accepting nomination applications from high school athletic directors and/or coaches, detailing the accomplishments of their nominees. Read more

The New Jersey Federation of Food Banks, in partnership with the Governor’s Jefferson Youth Awards, invites your school to join Students Change Hunger, a statewide initiative to engage and mobilize students to address hunger in their local communities and throughout the state. Read More

Jets Tackle Bullying

Stomp Out Bullying with the NY Jets

The New York Jets have teamed up with STOMP Out Bullying to tackle all forms of bullying. The Jets are committed to raising awareness, providing tools for educators and preventing bullying for kids and teens. Through this collaboration we are offering free Jets branded STOMP Out Bullying Educator’s Prevention Toolkits to the first 1,000 schools in the tri-state area that register. Learn more


PBS has named five NJ teachers, and NJEA members, among the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. This diverse group of 100 tech-savvy educators from across the country was selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. Over the next year, these tech-savvy educators will take part in a yearlong professional development program, preparing them to act as digital learning ambassadors in their local schools and communities. Read More

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

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Headline News

On the Web


OpenEd.com is an online catalog of educational assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans aligned to every Common Core standard and several other standards. The site offers the ability for teachers to assign resources to their students online, allowing students to take assessments, do homework, etc. on their own computers or tablets. Resources are free, but a premium subscription is offered that grants access to content from leading publishers. More On the Web resources

NEA Executive Committee member inspires Trenton educators

Trenton EA Convocation

NEA Executive Committee member Kevin Gilbert of Mississippi visited New Jersey to thank Trenton educators for their many successes and inspire them for the year head. Gilbert was the keynote speaker at the Trenton Public Schools Districtwide Convocation on Sept. 1 at the Sun Center Arena in Trenton.

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All NJEA members invited to Fall Focus meetings

What's the right place to meet and greet and start the year off right? At NJEA's County Fall Focus meetings, members are able to meet their local, county and state association leaders and learn about important issues facing public school employees. Read More


NJEA to appeal premium sharing decision

Won’t allow PERC to “move the goalposts”

Wendell Steinhauer

NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement regarding the decision of the Public Employment Relations Commission in the matter of Clementon Board of Education and Clementon Education Association: “NJEA will appeal this decision...

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Join Team NJEA and Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Once again, NJEA will participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey race for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. It’s a great day to raise funds for a great cause, honor the memory of those we’ve lost, and celebrate the survivors. Read More


Christie pension vetoes defy common sense

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s veto of S-3100/A4605, which would have mandated quarterly pension payments, as well as S-3107/A-4606, which would have required the state to pay $300 million of this year’s pension contribution immediately, rather than waiting until the end of the fiscal year in June 2016. “These vetoes are just more evidence that when it comes to pension funding Gov. Christie always chooses the most harmful course." Read More


NJEA PAC endorses 54 candidates for Legislature

The 125-member political action committee of the 200,000 member New Jersey Education Association today voted to endorse 54 candidates for election to the New Jersey Legislature this November. Read More


Members gather in Camden to protest at Christie campaign stop

Camden Protest
When Gov. Chris Christie came to Camden today from the national campaign trail, he was greeted by New Jersey residents who gathered to remind him of his failures here at home. Read More


Steinhauer: Sweeney pension proposal deserves close look

Sweeney Pension Proposal
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement following a press conference at which Senate President Steve Sweeney proposed the creation of a federal pension loan program to help states improve their pension funding levels. “We are glad that Senate President Sweeney continues to explore every possible option for helping New Jersey responsibly meet its pension obligations. As the Senator noted, this does not change the need for New Jersey to meet its current pension obligations immediately. However, this approach deserves a very close look because of its potential to lower costs for New Jersey taxpayers while making workers’ pensions more secure. Read More


Teachers build ed tech skills at summer conference

Techstock 2015
About 200 NJEA members braved torrential downpours to attend the Association’s seventh annual Techstock on July 15. The daylong program offered teachers professional learning on the use of technology in instruction and the integration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) across the curriculum. Read More


Steinhauer: No pension discussions with Christie

“We will not concede one inch to this governor”

Wendell Steinhauer
At a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire, Gov. Christie rejected the idea of revising the state’s pension funding schedule, instead insisting on further pension reductions. In light of his atrocious record on pension funding, even following the pension reductions imposed on public employees in 2011, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement rejecting the idea of any further discussion or negotiation with the governor on pensions: “Chris Christie is very busy these days running for president, so I’ll keep this short: he doesn’t need to worry about wasting precious campaign time discussing changes to New Jersey’s pension system because we have no intention of negotiating anything with this governor. Read More


The Whole Child

Every adult in the school community plays a role in creating, bolstering, reinforcing, and strengthening the school environment.

High-stakes testing



Invite the Cat in the Hat to your school
The Cat in the Hat comes back…and he’s just in time to help your school celebrate NEA’s Read Across America!  NJEA members can now request a visit from the Cat himself right online.  The first 50 members who register for a visit will receive an authentic red-striped stovepipe hat.  Visits begin in early February and continue through the middle of March.

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Collective Bargaining Award

Mark your calendars to attend the Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit on Oct. 23-24. The overnight summit will include training seminars and speakers. NJEA encourages you to make plans to come to the conference along with members of your negotiations team. NJEA is accepting nominations for the Collective Bargaining Award. Read More

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announce the establishment of the Arête Scholarship Fund, which will present an award to one deserving male and female high school student graduating in 2016. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Hall of Fame. 

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Win a school lounge makeover


EHTEA celebrates victory over privatization
The members of the Egg Harbor Township Education Association are celebrating a big victory over subcontracting.The Egg Harbor Township Board of Education began discussing outsourcing paraprofessional jobs, known as para-educators in the district, during their budget meetings in February and March. While the board claimed that it would affect only new hires, the association knew better, and they mobilized quickly to educate parents and the community about the impact of the board’s decision.

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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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Disney on Ice tickets available.

The Prudential Center invites NJEA members to purchase discount tickets for Disney on Ice, 100 Years of Magic November 18, 19, and 20. NJEA members, their families, and friends are welcome to take advantage of this special offer. Click here for details.

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.

Switch to AT&T and Get a $200 bill credit
Thinking of switching your wireless carrier? NJEA members can take advantage of a limited-time offer from AT&T for customers in PA, DE, and NJ.  Get a $200 bill credit when you buy a smartphone with AT&T Next. Details

Member Benefits Summer Savings
Save on theme parks, travel and other summer plans with NJEA Member Benefits.

NEA Savings Program

BankMobile is a new member benefit for NJEA members and families.  You can now have all of your banking services available on your mobile device.  The big difference is that BankMobile does not charge any fees – at all. Learn more

NEA Cash Rewards Card
Member Benefits


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




Vote to help promote quality health and physical education programs in New Jersey's schools.

Help NJAHPERD win $10,000 so that it can continue to promote quality health and physical education programs in New Jersey's schools. How would NJAHPERD win the $10K? By getting enough votes for its past president, JoAnn Doherty, so that she is named The Barclays Volunteer of the Year.

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