In the wake of a July 20 guest column in the Star-Ledger by Edward Buttimore (“Christie’s sleight of hand on pension payments”), NJEA is sharing the following information in order to clarify the issues he raised for a deeper understanding of what they do – and do not – mean. Read More

August 2015

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NJEA PAC Operating Committee Meeting

September 2015

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

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NJREA Fall Luncheon Meeting

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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

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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. Read More

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

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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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

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

PARTNERSHIPS

Somerset Patriots
Matthew MacKay, Diane MacKay, Sparky Lyle, Karen Wetherall, and Edwinta Rhue enjoy NJEA Night with the Somerset Patriots.

Teachers and ESP Who Rock
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. Read More

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

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

SnappShots
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

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

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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

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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

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Steinhauer: Standards review process "pure politics"

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement regarding the standards review process announced at today’s State Board of Education meeting: “We knew that Gov. Christie wasn’t serious about raising standards when he renounced the Common Core in May. Today’s presentation proves that his move was about pure politics, not policy. Read More

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Thousands protest as Christie announces presidential run

Livingston Rally
They came by bus, by car, on bikes and on foot, filling the horizon as they marched. No matter how they got there, well over one thousand New Jersey residents descended upon the Livingston High School today for one common purpose: to tell the nation the truth about Gov. Chris Christie. Read More

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Legislature to Christie: Pay pensions now

Accelerated payment could net over $86M for NJ taxpayers

Lou Greenwald
By large margins, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed a concurrent resolution today urging Gov. Christie to make the state’s FY2016 pension payment early, which would allow the fund to earn interest on the payment throughout the year. Read More

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NJEA Salutes 2015 Scholar Athletes

Scholar Athletes
NJEA and News 12 New Jersey honored 30 of New Jersey’s top graduating seniors at the 18th Annual Scholar Athletes Award Luncheon on June 13 at Pines Manor in Edison. Wallington High School graduate Joshua Harris emerged as the 2015 NJEA News 12 New Jersey Scholar Athlete of the Year and $5,000 NJEA scholarship winner.
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Christie’s pandering hurts NJ

NJEA statement on veto speech

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement following Gov. Christie’s press conference at which he announced deep cuts to the pension funding passed yesterday by the Legislature: “Gov. Christie’s irresponsible veto of much-needed pension funding is a continuing insult to public employees and all taxpayers as he departs the state to pursue his political ambitions. His pandering to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire leaves New Jersey with a growing pension obligation that must now be paid, with interest, by New Jersey’s taxpayers.

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Legislature passes budget with full pension funding

Christie veto likely

Voting Board
The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly today passed, on party-line votes, a budget that provides a record $3.1 billion pension payment.  That amount represents the full payment due under Ch. 78 for the upcoming fiscal year.  Both houses also passed legislation requiring pension payments to be made quarterly, rather than only at the end of the fiscal year.  A small number of Republicans broke ranks to support that common-sense improvement to New Jersey’s pension funding practice. Read More

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Crisis

The NJ Supreme Court has spoken but teachers and school employees still fear for their futures. Rather than solving the pension crisis, the court says politicians can continue to ignore it. It's time for fiscal responsibility - fund the pensions now!

High-stakes testing

DON'T MISS

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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NJEA members, and their families and friends can get eye exams and eye wear at unbeatable prices at three Optical Academy site visits during the month of July. Read More

Collective Bargaining Award
SAVE THE DATE

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

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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.

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
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NEA Savings Program

BankMobile
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



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