New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s announced presidential campaign:“Running New Jersey is a full-time job, and New Jersey residents deserve a full-time governor. “We face big problems in this state. Our credit rating is a disaster.  Our unemployment rate is high. Our economic growth is slow. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our pensions are in crisis. Our schools are underfunded.  And now our governor has abandoned the job he has to campaign for the job he really wants. Read More

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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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Jennifer Kelly
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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. Read More

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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

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

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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

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“Bye Bye Birdie” composer visits Teaneck Community Charter School

Teaneck Community Charter School operates the way charters were intended—a high quality staff that presents innovative educational practices to benefit students. A recent event demonstrated the passion and energy of its parents and educators. Charles Strouse, who wrote the score for “Bye Bye Birdie,” led a "Talk-Back" with students who were part of the cast and crew presenting the "Bye Bye Birdie Young Performers Edition” in April. 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 NJEA-News 12 Scholar Athletes

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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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Steinhauer statement on budget

Wendell
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement following the Legislature’s adoption of a budget that fully funds New Jersey’s pension system in accordance with Ch. 78, the 2011 pension funding law that Gov. Christie has failed to uphold: "“The Legislature did the right thing today by passing a budget that meets New Jersey’s obligations instead of passing the buck to future generations." Read More

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Union members lobby legislators for full funding

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Hundreds of NJEA members and staff from around New Jersey descended upon the Statehouse today to urge legislators to pass a budget that includes the 5/7th pension payment as promised in the 2011 Chapter 78 law.  Fueled by the NJ Supreme Court’s decision to not force Gov. Christie to abide by his own pension reform plan, NJEA members shattered Lobby Day attendance records to ensure their voices would be heard. Read More

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Legislature expected to fully fund pensions

Christie veto likely, more action to come

Assembly vote
After months of legal and legislative maneuvering, next year's pension payment was voted on by both the Senate and the Assembly budget committees earlier today. The $35.3 billion budget they approved includes $3.1 billion for pensions. Those budget bills will go to the full Senate and Assembly on Thursday. Read More

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Middlesex pension rally draws Sen. Thompson to meet with members

Middlesex pension rally draws Sen. Thompson to meet with members
Bagpipes sounded the battle cry in Old Bridge during the Middlesex County pension rally on Highway 516. Over 700 union members and supporters gathered on the street in front of Republican Sen. Sam Thompson’s Legislative District 12 office on June 17 to protest the underfunding of the state’s pension system. Members of police and fire organizations joined NJEA members to share their outrage at the legislative decisions that have also affected their pensions. 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!

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Phillies fireworks games – buy one get one free tickets!

Celebrate fourth of July with the Phillies! The Phillies have added two discount dates to the NJEA ticket purchasing page on the Phillies web site.  You can purchase discount tickets for not only the NJEA game on 9/13, but also the fireworks games on 7/1 and 7/2.

The discount is a buy one, get on free deal, and there are fireworks after the game.  Order tickets


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.

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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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NJREA members mentor aspiring teachers
NJREA members mentor aspiring teachers

NJREA members Roger Baker of Atlantic County and Irene Savicky of Cumberland County recently served as mentors for two Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Finalists. Read More

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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