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.
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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.
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.
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.
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