NJREA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for retired educational personnel by providing interesting and informational programs and social situations for NJREA members; by working with NJEA & NEA organizing for the common good, to pass beneficial state and federal legislation, and get friends of the educational community elected; by providing a wide variety of member services; and by keeping members informed about health insurance and pensions.
Pension rollercoaster continues
The summer months were a busy time on the pension front. On the last day before the Legislature’s summer recess, NJEA and NJREA leaders, as well as a cadre of members patrolling the Statehouse, successfully lobbied the Senate and Assembly to pass a resolution calling on the governor to make the entire budgeted FY 2016 pension payment of $1.3 billion by July 15. Learn more
Property tax relief programs for retirees
The New Jersey Division of Taxation operates several property tax relief programs for senior citizens and other property owners that may be of benefit to NJREA members. Learn more
Scholarship recipients blazing new trails
Benjamin Schragger, a graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School, is the recipient of the 2015 Isabelle M. Hickman four-year scholarship. A resident of Titusville, NJ, Ben will attend Rice University in Texas this fall and is majoring in both Sports Management and Business. Learn more
Standing strong for public education
Mark your calendar for NJREA’s 2015 Convention in Atlantic City on November 4 and 5 at the Resorts Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City. All NJREA members are encouraged to join their colleagues for two days of advocacy, camaraderie, and fine food. The annual event will continue to support the theme “NJREA: Moving Forward; Adapting to Change.” Learn more
Remembering Ruth Palmer
Ruth Palmer, former NJEA officer, NJREA president, and current active NJREA member, passed away in June at the age of 91.
Born in Newark and a graduate of the former Newark Teachers College—now Kean University—Palmer spent her career in the Newark school system. Throughout her 40-year career there, she was a teacher, supervisor and vice principal in the district. Learn more
Calling all education advocates
Are you concerned about what is happening to public education and its employees? Want to find out what’s being done to solve the pension crisis and learn how you can help? Then mark your calendars and join NJREA for its annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, September 24. Learn more
Announcing Fred E. Aug scholarship winner
Brick resident Nina Van DeVaarst, a graduate of Brick Township High School, is the 2015 recipient of the Fred E. Aug two-year community college scholarship. Nina plans to attend Ocean County College this fall and intends to eventually embark on a career to assist children with disabilities. Learn more