Despite a disappointing conclusion to the gubernatorial election, New Jersey voters elected a pro-public education Legislature, sending a strong message to Gov. Chris Christie that he needs to work cooperatively with NJEA and its members in his second term.
“We congratulate Gov. Christie on his re-election,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “But clearly, New Jersey voters chose to elect a strong, pro-public education Legislature because they know that our public schools are a top priority.”
“And let’s be clear,” Steinhauer added. “New Jersey’s public schools truly are among the very best in America. From graduation rates to test scores to closing the achievement gap to college readiness, the data consistently shows that our students are performing at the highest levels.
“We call on the governor and the Legislature to work collaboratively alongside NJEA to give every child in New Jersey a great public school,” said Steinhauer.
“This is a time of great change, and great stress, for our public schools and the teachers and staff who work in them,” he said. “NJEA members must be listened to, respected, and included in every policy decision that affects them and their students, and these election results show that New Jersey voters agree.”