Urge your Senator to vote to override Christie’s pay equity veto
Help NJ women achieve wage fairness
S-992 strengthens the current Law Against discrimination (LAD) to make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against employees on the basis of sex by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of one sex less than the rate paid to employees of another sex. The bill also prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee for disclosing information about job titles and salaries. The Legislature passed this law, but Gov. Christie vetoed S-992.
Women in the United States are paid 77 cents for each dollar paid to men for equivalent work. Median wages of full-time, year-round workers are approximately $35,745 for women and $46,367 for men. Gov. Christie’s veto makes it harder to correct that inequality in New Jersey.
Contact your Senator and urge him or her to stand on the side of fairness and equality for women and override Gov. Christie’s veto.
Tell the Senate to dump DeVos
Betsy DeVos—President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education—has no experience with public education. She's never worked as an educator or in a public school in any capacity. She didn't attend public schools, and did not send her children to public schools.
Instead, she has spent her career working to undermine public education. DeVos has lobbied for and bankrolled failed schemes like vouchers, which take money away from public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers' expense with little or no accountability.
As a result of public scrutiny, her confirmation was already delayed once. Now it’s been rescheduled for January 17, so we need to keep the pressure on.
Senate bill introduced to eliminate test scores in evaluation
A-4122, which would eliminate the use of test scores from teacher evaluation as required in TEACHNJ, passed in the full Assembly at the end of September. The Senate version, S-2668, has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1).
This bill follows the trend established by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, which replaced the failed No Child Left Behind Act, removes the requirement that states use standardized test scores in teacher evaluation. ESSA requires states use multiple measures and a new indicator of student success. ESSA allows states to move away from the high-stakes use of test scores for both teachers and students.
While Senator Van Drew introduced the bill, we need to build support for the bill in the entire house. Contact your members of the Senate and ask them to co-sponsor S-2668. Tell them:
- High-stakes tests hurt students and teachers;
- The federal Every Student Succeeds Act does not require the use of test scores in teacher evaluation;
- Removing test scores from teacher evaluation will ensure teachers can teach the whole child, and leave ample time for courses other than math and English.
Contact your Senate representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor S-2668. Tell your senator that high-stakes tests hurt students and teachers, and take time away from learning that matters. Please support S-2668.