NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement following Gov. Christie’s remarks at a Town Hall in Sparta yesterday: “Gov. Christie took advantage of another brief visit to New Jersey yesterday to once again lie about NJEA’s work to fix the pension system he is determined to destroy.  As usual, he didn’t talk about how he has broken his own pension funding law over and over again." Read More

May 2015

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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

June 2015

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

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NJEA Hipp Coordinators' Training

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NEA-RA Statewide Caucus

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

Jennifer Kelly
Photo:Brittany M. Wehner |  NJ.com

N.J. middle school teacher to receive Princeton University award for dedication to education

Jennifer Kelly, a Woodstown Middle School teacher and member of the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional Education Association, has received the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teacher award for her dedication and success in education. Read More

LoPresti
Master Music Teachers

The New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) has named its Master Music Teachers for 2015. They are Aida Gamboa, a vocal music teacher and choral conductor at John Adams Middle School in Edison, and Marjorie LoPresti, who teaches piano, music theory, composition and digital recording at East Brunswick High School. Read more

NJ Educators win NEA Foundation Grants
Tamika Withers and Earl Bellfield, educators from Park Avenue School in Orange, and Elliot Cohen, a business and technology teacher at Holmdel High School in Holmdel have recently received Students Achievement and Learning & Leadership grants from the NEA Foundation. Read More

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

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

Senate Committee PARCC vote “a good first step”

Wendell Steinhauer
The Senate Education Committee today acknowledged the concerns of parents and educators about PARCC testing by voting several PARCC related bills out of committee. The bills approved would prevent the spread of standardized testing below third grade, prohibit the Department of Education from withholding state school aid based on test participation levels and require more disclosure about various elements of PARCC. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Supreme Court hears pension appeal

Judges focus on ‘contractual right’ and constitution

Steve Wollmer
The New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral arguments today regarding the state’s obligation to make the pension payments mandated by Chapter 78. Ironically, Assistant Attorney General Jean P. Reilly, representing Gov. Chris Christie, was arguing that Chapter 78 – the pension funding law signed by Gov. Christie in 2011 – was unconstitutional. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Join NJEA as we lobby for full pension funding

NJEA Lobby Day
Join us at NJEA Headquarters as we lobby for full pension funding on June 11, 25 and 29. Click through for details. Read More

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A national spotlight on Trenton schools

White House Initiative
A national spotlight is shining on a statewide program embraced by Trenton’s public schools that has dramatically increased student access to high-level science and math courses and has substantially enlarged the pool of certified physics teachers in New Jersey. Read More

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NJEA urges commissioner to reconsider Camden school closures

NJEA continues to press N.J. Department of Education Commissioner David Hespe to reconsider the takeover of six Camden public schools.  The schools – Henry Bonsall Family School, East Camden Middle School, Francis X. McGraw Elementary School, Rafael Corderio Molina Elementary School, J.G. Whittier Family School, and Pyne Poynt Middle School – are slated to be closed at the end of the school year and handed over to corporate charter school chains in September. Read More

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NJ Well
NJWELL is focused on helping you “Take Action” for optimal health by participating in healthy activities. Staying current on your preventive health screenings and participating in online activities and personal wellness coaching can have a big impact on maintaining or improving your health. You and your covered spouse/partner can start earning rewards now, even if you missed your chance in 2014. Read More

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Classroom Close-up wins 13th Emmy

2015 Emmy Award

NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, NJ, now in its 21st season, has won another Emmy Award. The award – for Show 13 of the 2013-14 season -  was won in the category of Education/Schools and was presented at the New York Emmy Awards on Saturday, May 2.

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NJEA PAC announces primary endorsements

The New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee has voted to endorse two incumbents in Legislative District 20 in the primary election on Tuesday, June 2. “NJEA members and their families take civic engagement very seriously,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “We know the importance of supporting and electing pro-public education candidates and the impact they have on our communities and our state.” Read More

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NJEA election results are in

NJEA members have elected state and county representatives to the NJEA Executive Committee, NJEA Delegate Assembly (and Alternates), and NEA Representative Assembly in some counties and units, as well as some county association offices. Click through for complete election results. Read More

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‘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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NJ Council of County Colleges to honor the state’s top community college student scholars

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges will honor New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 21st annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 7, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Trenton. Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

Only Fair

While New Jersey school employees make every pension payment, politicians fail to do their part.

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


NJEA Summer Professional Learning Institute
For educators, summer is a time to relax, reflect, and develop new ideas before the next school year begins. This year, educators will have the opportunity to do all three at the NJEA Summer Professional Learning Institute on July 8. Read More

Freedom Fest State Fair
NJEA members and their first 500 guests get free access to the Freedom Fest State Fair July 8-12 at the Horse Park of NJ, Upper Freehold Township. (NJEA guests are $10 after 500 maximum is reached, members are free all week). Visit www.freedomfeststatefair.com for more information. See this flier for details.

Win a school lounge makeover

SPOTLIGHT

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

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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