Christie's litany of lies
By 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!
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.
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