The New Jersey General Assembly voted today to put a question on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot that would constitutionally require the state to fulfill its pension funding obligation. Following a brief debate, ACR-109 was passed by a vote of 50-25-2. Read More

August 2016

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

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NJEA PAC Operating Committee Meeting

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NJEA Evaluation Information Session

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Social justice a hallmark of labor unions

On The Table

Social justice has been a hallmark of labor unions, including NJEA, since their inception. After all, the fundamental issue of unionism is to improve the lives of its members through collective action and, through our action and activism, to improve the lives of all working men and women, their families and their communities.

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EDITORIAL

For years, politicians of both parties have failed to fund New Jersey’s pension systems. After nearly two decades of neglect, the systems are in a dire position: they need regular, responsible payments from the state in order to remain stable and to provide public employees with the secure pensions they have earned. Read More

NJEA Conferences

Summer Leadership

The 2016 NJEA Jack Bertolino Summer Leadership Conference will offer a broad menu of workshops that equip members to become stronger association advocates. Most workshops offer nine hours of training in a three-day period spread over six parts. A longer workshop providing 18 hours of training over four days is available for newer presidents.  Learn more

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Improving the academic achievement of their students is the goal of all educators. NJEA’s Teaching and Learning Symposium, held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Hilton East Brunswick, will help you do just that. Learn more

Evaluation Resources

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Curren

Colleen Curren elected Northeast Regional Director at NEA RA

Black Horse Pike EA member Colleen Curren has been elected to the Executive Committee of the NEA’s Young Professionals Caucus as its Northeast Regional Director.  Read more

Brown

NJEA has partnered with Thunder 106 and B 98.5 to recognize the significant contributions our members make in the lives of their students. Read why Allison Brown, a teacher from Southern Regional Middle School, was chosen as the Thunder 106 School Spirit Award winner for May. Read more

Giving students a national view

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. Joann Houck is the 6th grade Administrative Assistant to the guidance counselor and the principal at Maurice and Everett Haines 6th Grade Center in Medford Township. As the front desk receptionist,  she is the first person the children, parents and public meet when they come to school. Read more

PARTNERSHIPS

Nominate All-Pro Teachers!

The Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Coating Systems are teaming up again to recognize outstanding 6th through 12th grade teachers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for their contribution to their students, school and community through the Axalta All-Pro Teachers program.  A teacher can be nominated by a principal, fellow teacher, student or parent of a student. Ten (10) teachers will be chosen by a selection committee based on education drive, innovative teaching methods, use of STEM education and commitment to students beyond the classroom.  Read more


NJEA salutes Scholar Athletes

NJEA and News 12 held its 19th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon on June 18, 2016, at the Pines Manor in Edison. Zavion Bell of Willingboro High School in Burlington County (center, pictured with his girlfriend, Athletic Director Leon Owen, Burlington County President Mary Steinhauer, and NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer) was named Scholar Athlete of the Year. Read more

Thank Teacher

Special promotion for 2016 Jets home opener

Don’t miss the Jets season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 11 at MetLife Stadium. This special offer includes five different seating options to choose from starting at $55 per ticket and discounted parking. The first 50 tickets purchased through this offer will receive post-game field access following the game! Details

Activate Your Soul

The Philadelphia Soul arena football team, based in Voorhees, are Philadelphia’s winningest team since 2004. In partnership with NJEA, the Soul are visiting schools with their “Activate Your Soul” school program and they invite every school in New Jersey to join them in helping keep our children active and healthy. Learn more

SnappShots
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!

Other Blogs/Sites

Headline News

On the Web

Snapchat

Teachers are using Snapchat in the classroom
A small but growing group of teachers is using the social media app as a way to push more learning outside of the classroom and onto students' smartphones. What educational value could it possibly have? Check out these ways teachers are using Snapchat for instruction. Learn more More On-the-web resources

Turn up the heat! Come to Lobby Day this Monday

NJEA Lobby Day 2016
Senate passage of the constitutional amendment is the last step before our question can be added to the ballot in November Join us for a Lobby Day to tell the Senate to keep its promise. The deadline to register is noon on July 29. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Paterson EA, NJEA and AFT members protest governor’s unfair school funding formula

Paterson Protest
Gov. Chris Christie’s “fair funding” publicity event at the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology was met with a force of “red shirts” on Thursday, June 30. Paterson Education Association President John McEntee organized nearly 200 members of PEA, along with parents and community residents, to send Christie a clear message about his proposal to cut funding from urban districts in New Jersey. Read More

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Busy Lobby Day but no action on pension amendment

Bad Lakewood busing bill passes

Lobby Day 6-30-16
More than 50 NJEA members, leaders, and staff participated in a Lobby Day on June 30 to advocate for posting the Senate version of the constitutional amendment on pensions, SCR-2, and to convince the Assembly to reject a bill that would siphon funds away from public school students in Lakewood. Read More

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Legislature passes bill to use public funds to benefit private schools

Assembly Vote
The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill today that uses public funds to benefit private school students, setting a precedent that has far-reaching ramifications. Despite strong objections by public school advocates in recent days, A-3652 received a vote of 47-27-2. Since the Senate passed their version late last week by a vote of 22-8, the bill now heads to the governor’s desk to await his signature. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Help fight pediatric cancer


Join schools and students across the country and GO GOLD on Friday, September 30, for the 6th Annual National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day. Go4theGoal, a New Jersey-based non-profit, encourages schools to hold a special dress up or dress down on Sept. 30 to raise money to support children fighting cancer in your community. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

NJEA: School funding scheme would turn back clock

Most vulnerable children would be harmed most

Wendell Steinhauer

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding Gov. Christie’s proposal to abandon New Jersey’s school funding formula: “Governor Christie’s school funding proposal is a transparent attempt to deflect attention from the abject failure of his education policies. Having never once funded the state’s existing formula, he has no basis for assessing its effectiveness."

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Assembly Education Committee passes School Temperature Control Bill, A-1030

Take action to support this bill!

Marie Blistan
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan today testified in favor of A-1030, the school temperature control bill that would require each board of education to establish temperature control guidelines and standards for school district facilities. Trenton Education Association President Naomi Johnson-LaFleur also testified in favor of the bill. Click through to read Blistan’s testimony. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA opposes school funding bill

Ginger Gold Schnitzer
Earlier today, NJEA Government Relations Director Ginger Gold Schnitzer testified before the Senate Education Committee in opposition to S-2372, which would establish a commission to propose changes to how New Jersey funds public schools. Click through to read Schnitzer’s statement. Read More

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NJEA stands with Traffic Safety Coalition

Supports bill to add cameras to buses

Marie Blistan
On June 16, lawmakers, educators and advocates stood side by side calling for expanding safety precautions for school buses.  The press conference, led by the NJ Traffic Safety Coalition, called for support of a bill that calls for more cameras on school buses. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Steinhauer: repealing the estate tax is bad for NJ, unfair to taxpayers

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer spoke at a Better Choices NJ press conference on June 15 to criticize a proposal that would repeal the estate tax at a time when New Jersey is facing a significant budget shortfall. Click through for Steinhauer’s statement. Read More

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Court’s COLA ruling a “theft, plain and simple”

“Despicable” decision reinforces need for constitutional amendment

TPAF Letters
This morning, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its ruling in Berg and New Jersey Education Association v. Christie, a case that challenged the state’s right to take away the earned Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), which has long been an integral part of New Jersey’s public employee pension systems.  In a 6 to 1 vote, the court ruled against the plaintiffs. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding the Court’s ruling: "I am outraged that the Court has condoned the actions of Gov. Christie and the New Jersey Legislature in taking away the COLAs that our members have earned over the course of their careers. This is theft, plain and simple." Read More

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NJEA stands with NJ for Health Care Coalition; supports “Out-of-Network” Bill

Wendell Steinhauer
Earlier today, NJ for Health Care Coalition, a diverse coalition of organizations that represent health care consumers, held a press conference to call attention to the rise in surprise health care costs that burden too many New Jersey families. Read More

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Congressman becomes a teacher for a day

Congressman Tom MacArthur
On June 7, Scott Alfano’s U.S. History students at Bayville’s Central Regional Middle School experienced a rare opportunity when they welcomed Congressman Tom MacArthur as their Teacher for a Day. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

Keep the Pension Promise

When Ed and Miriam became teachers the state made a commitment to them: they knew they wouldn’t make a fortune but they would have a secure pension when they retired. They made their contributions from every paycheck but the state has been negligent in its responsibility over the years. For two decades the state has failed to fund the pension and now it's a crisis. The state has made a promise and it needs to honor that commitment.

FEATURED

Emerge

NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan and NJREA member Bob Blistan congratulate NJEA members Colleen Curren (far left) and Marie Battist Celestin (second from left) during their Emerge NJ graduation ceremony on June 11. Emerge NJ is the premiere political training program for Democratic women in the Garden State.

DON'T MISS

Six Glags Summer Games

Celebrate the 2016 Summer Games at Six Flags Great Adventure

Enjoy a special NJEA discount at Six Flags on Saturday, July 30.  Includes discount ticket and special All-U-Can-Eat meal served 11:30 am – 3 p.m. in catered picnic area. Details

Mercer County College offers student retention conference. 

Don’t miss this higher education conference dedicated to teaching & learning at Mercer County Community College.  Learn more

Edcamp - Reimagining Learning: The time is now!

Join members of NJPSA/FEA, NJASCD, and The Madison Institute on Wednesday, July 27 at the NJPSA/FEA Conference Center  in Monroe Township for this exciting professional learning opportunity for teachers and school and district leaders in New Jersey. Learn more

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Dionne Warwick, New Jersey’s Music Ambassador.

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SPOTLIGHT

Asbury Park Red Carpet
(Photo: Courtesy Maureen Casey and Zahava L. Friedman)

Red Carpet Event at Bradley Elementary School

On June 15, students from Bradley Elementary School in Asbury Park participated in an exciting Red Carpet Event.  The children came in their Sunday best along with their families.  This event, sponsored by NJEA, (Pride Grant funded) was held to celebrate the accomplishment of a group of students who participated in the Friends Club, a social skills group housed at Bradley Elementary this year. Learn more

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

Classroom Close-Up, NJ

Classroom Close-up, NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 14-time Emmy® award-winning show is in its 22nd season and airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.; and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. Visit classroomcloseup.org to learn more and search the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Office Depot Office Max

Office Depot and OfficeMax are now one company! NJEA Members can save up to 80% on over 93,000 products. Great for your printing, cleaning and office needs. Shop online or in any Office Depot or OfficeMax store. Enjoy FREE next-day delivery on online orders over $50! Click here to shop online or print off a FREE Store Purchasing Card.

Six Flags

Save on Six Flags tickets

NJEA members receive discounted tickets for Six Flags admission tickets and season passes. Learn more

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance

Did you know that all NJEA members have free life insurance through NEA? All you have to do is identify your beneficiary! You may also purchase additional life insurance through NEA.


Switch to AT&T and Get a $200 bill credit

Thinking of switching your wireless carrier? NJEA members can take advantage of a limited-time offer from AT&T for customers in PA, DE, and NJ.  Get a $200 bill credit when you buy a smartphone with AT&T Next. Details

NEA Savings Program

BankMobile

BankMobile is a new member benefit for NJEA members and families.  You can now have all of your banking services available on your mobile device.  The big difference is that BankMobile does not charge any fees – at all. Learn more


Member Benefits

MEMBER DISCOUNTS

Your NJEA membership card is your ticket to discounts on merchandise, insurance, entertainment, travel, and personal legal services.

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TOOLBOX

Toolbox June

RebelMouse: Let your content roar!

The work that education professionals do inside of a school extends well beyond classroom instruction. Every adult in the school building teaches, even if it’s just in the brief interactions we have with our students in the halls, but we don’t always do it in the same way. Nurses teach. Bus drivers teach. Library media specialists teach too.

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NJREA

NJREA Today

NJREA gives back
Monmouth County Retired Educators Association (MCREA) is proud to work together to make a difference in the community. Click through to learn how. Read more