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.
It’s time for the Legislature to hold a real town hall meeting on pensions.
It’s easy to see why Gov. Chris Christie likes his so-called town halls. He gets to mislead a roomful of handpicked supporters who applaud his bullying if somehow there is someone who knows the truth and challenges one of his lies.
What’s also notable about these forums is what Christie doesn’t talk about. He doesn’t talk about how he has broken his own pension funding law over and over again.
Lourdes 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.
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
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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.
Matthew MacKay, Diane MacKay, Sparky Lyle, Karen Wetherall, and Edwinta Rhue enjoy NJEA Night with the Somerset Patriots.
Phillies Phanatic visits Pleasantville
On May 21, eighth graders at the Middle School of Pleasantville in Atlantic County enjoyed a Phillies Pep Rally complete with the Phillies Phanatic and Phillies ball girls. The pep rally honored eighth grader Qua’Shanyah Bumpass for being the grand prize winner of the NJEA/Phillies Fanatic About Learning Essay Contest.
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
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