Creates a double standard
The State Board of Education met Nov. 2 to hear testimony regarding proposed amendments to public charter school regulations. There are several major changes being proposed. Read More

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting - CPC

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January 2017

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Online Pension Webinar

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting - CPC

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Online Pension Webinar

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Editorial

Democracy is not a quadrennial sport

Flag By most accounts, Americans of all political stripes were surprised to wake up on Nov. 9 to the phrase “President-elect Donald Trump.” Here in New Jersey, as we look forward to the last year of the Christie administration, there is disbelief among most NJEA members that the tone and rhetoric we have endured under our current governor will now have a place in the White House.  Read More

NJEA Conferences

Health & Safety Conference

Learn how to DEMAND Healthier Schools! The Central/Southern Regional Health & Safety Conference will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7 and is open to all NJEA members in the central and southern regions at no cost and is limited to the first 100 participants. Learn more

Winter Leadership Conference

NJEA brings its popular Winter Leadership conferences to three locations throughout the state. These overnight conferences are dedicated to developing association advocates. All levels of association leaders—from seasoned veterans to new members—will benefit from the specialized training and networking opportunities offered at NJEA’s Winter Leadership conferences. Learn more

ESP Conference

The 2017 NJEA Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year will be honored at the 43rd annual NJEA ESP Conference held Feb. 3-5, 2017 at the Hilton East Brunswick. NJEA will also confer the ESP Career Achievement and Friend of ESP awards there. Learn more

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Frevert

Somerville second grade teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

When Somerville's Van Derveer Elementary School second grade teacher Lindsay Frevert walked into a school-wide assembly on Thursday, Oct. 20, she had no idea she would be walking out with a prestigious Milken Educator Award, recognizing her commitment to her students and their families. Frevert is the newest recipient of the $25,000 cash Award, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching." She is the sole recipient in New Jersey this year and the first from Somerville Public Schools. Learn more

Union City science teacher selected to explore the ocean Aboard titanic shipwreck discoverer

Paul Orbe, a science teacher at the Academy for Enrichment and Advancement in Union City and a member of the Union City Education Association, was selected as a Science Communication Fellow and sailed aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2016 expedition in August. Learn more

Foss

NJEA, local radio honor NJEA members

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 Gina Foss, a teacher from Ridgeway Elementary School, was chosen as the Thunder 106 School Spirit Award winner for September. Read more

Frank Kristen

Keeping schools safe through technology

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. Frank Giffone is in his 14th year as the telecommunications technician for the Lawrence Township Public Schools. He is responsible for the phone and surveillance systems in all seven of schools and the media and technology center. Read more

PARTNERSHIPS

Never Forget Tribute Classic
Save on college basketball tickets

The Prudential Center will host the inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic, an annual NCAA men’s basketball doubleheader, on Saturday, Dec. 10 featuring 2016 NCAA Men’s Champion Villanova vs. Notre Dame, followed by Pitt vs. Penn State. Learn more

NJEA and the Philadelphia Soul football team have partnered to recognize NJEA members and offer a reading program to students. NJEA members can nominate a fellow member to be the NJEA/Soul VIP of the game. Reading with the Soul is a great way to encourage students to read over the holiday break and beyond! Read More

New Jersey Hall of Fame Essay Contest Announced

Who belongs in the New Jersey Hall of Fame? The New Jersey Hall of Fame wants your students to participate in the decision-making process. New Jersey public school students are invited to participate in the N.J. Hall of Fame Essay Contest. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees – living or dead – to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Learn more

Meet the NJEA, Eagles All-Pro Educators

NJEA and Eagles Radio are pleased to announce the NJEA/Eagles Radio All-Pro Educators of the Week. NJEA and Eagles Radio partnered to recognize some of the dedicated professionals who make New Jersey Public Schools great for every child. Learn more

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NJEA, NY Jets announce Educators of the Game

NJEA and the New York Jets have partnered to honor outstanding New Jersey educators and Educational Support Professionals. After reviewing the countless nominations from colleagues, family members, students, and community members, the following outstanding educators were selected to receive four Club-level tickets to a Jets home game and will be recognized during the NY Jets game day radio broadcast on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM. Read more

Win a Rutgers Pep Rally at your school!

Are your elementary school students college ready? NJEA and Rutgers Athletics have partnered to encourage elementary students to think about college early. It’s never too early to dream of a bright future and the key is a college education. Rutgers athletes must show academic achievement in order to play. Even non-athletes must work hard and stay focused on achieving their college and career goals. Read more

News 12

Nominate scholar athletes for NJEA/News 12 program

NJEA and News 12 New Jersey are seeking high school students who excel both academically and athletically. The NJEA/News 12 Scholar Athlete Recognition Program honors New Jersey high school seniors who are successful not only in the classroom, but on the court or on the field. Learn more

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

NJREA

NJE A Sept 2016 Newsleter

We got a facelift!

NJREA’s award-winning publication, the NJREA Newsletter, has always been the source for retirees to get information on the latest advocacy opportunities and find out more about the issues that affect them.  Now it has a new look to match its straight-talk attitude, with more action photos, a cleaner layout, and unique quarterly features .  Be sure to check out yet another reason why folks call NJREA “the daytime face of NJEA.” 

Legislature passes quarterly pension bill, heads to Christie for signature

Constitutional Amendment Pension Rally
Earlier today, the Senate and Assembly passed identical bills that would require the state to make its required pension contributions each fiscal year on a quarterly basis, with payments on Sept. 30, Dec. 31, March 31, and June 30. The Senate passed S-2810 by a vote of 35-0 while the Assembly passed its companion bill, A-4, by a vote of 72-0.  The bill now moves to the governor’s desk.  If passed and signed by the governor, the law would take effect on July 1, 2017. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Governor signs bill to reduce prescription costs

Prescriptions

UPDATE:On Monday, November 21, Gov. Christie signed the bipartisan legislation, S-2749/A-4328, to streamline and modify the State’s pharmacy benefits system – a move that will save State taxpayers up to an additional $200 million in health care prescription costs.

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MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA seeks standing in seniority challenge

Will defend members, schools against political attack

Wendell
Today, NJEA filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s seniority law. That suit, filed earlier this month with the support of an out-of-state advocacy group, names Newark Superintendent Christopher Cerf and Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education Kimberley Harrington as defendants.  NJEA seeks to become a named defendant in the suit in order to protect the interests of its members. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

86% of NJEA PAC-endorsed candidates win election

After months of member outreach, including phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and campaign events, 12 of NJEA PAC’s 14 endorsed candidates won election last night. Additionally, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes by a large margin, but ultimately fell short of victory in the national election. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Fund schools, don’t fire teachers

Campbell Brown’s lawsuit takes aim at wrong target

Fund schools. Don't fire teachers.
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding the lawsuit filed today by an out-of-state special interest group seeking to overturn New Jersey’s statute regarding seniority for teachers. “Campbell Brown and her out-of-state special interest group are misleading New Jersey parents and residents about our public schools to advance their harmful political agenda. New Jersey’s seniority statute, which they seek to overturn by court order, provides an important protection to students and communities by keeping politics, and politicians, out of the decision-making process when layoffs are imposed on our public schools." Read More

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Brown exposes false promise of vouchers in Atlantic City

Jitu Brown
The Atlantic City Education Association (ACEA) invited Jitu Brown, a community organizer in Chicago and the national director of Journey for Justice, to speak at the Martin Luther King Jr. School in Atlantic City on October 29.  Brown recounted the struggle of activists, parents, students, and teachers to reopen Walter H. Dyett School, closed by the Chicago Public School District. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Human Rights Celebration

2016 NJEA MLK Human Rights Celebration
NJEA’s premier black-tie event, the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at the Hilton East Brunswick Towers. Register by Nov. 28. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Greater Egg Harbor Regional EA staff take unanimous vote of no confidence in superintendent


On Oct. 24, the 435 members of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional Education Association announced that it had taken a unanimous vote of no confidence in Superintendent John Keenan. The announcement was made by President Stephanie Tarr at a Board meeting. 

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

BREAKING: Sweeney pulls bad health insurance bill

No vote taken as Senate considers amendments

Wendell Steinhauer Osomo Thomas
Following an intensive lobbying effort by NJEA members who sent over 1,500 emails and showed up in Trenton today with NJEA leaders and staff to speak to senators directly, Senate President Steve Sweeney cancelled a scheduled vote on S-979. That bill contained language that would have infringed on NJEA members’ collective bargaining rights. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA lobbies to protect collective bargaining

Lobby Day S-979

NJEA members, leaders and staff descended upon Trenton today to convince senators to reject S-979, a bill that seeks to eliminate the right to bargain health insurance waivers.

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MORE ISSUES & ACTION

How are communities responding to childhood hunger?

CN Cover
More New Jersey children are receiving school breakfast and summer meals sites are expanding across the state, but much more work remains before all children are receiving the nutrition they need to learn, grow and be healthy, according to a new report from Advocates for Children of New Jersey. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

Steinhauer testifies on ESSA

Proposes student success index, community schools

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer testified before the Joint Committee on Public Schools today. As the committee seeks input on the implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Steinhauer took the opportunity to discuss issues that will have the most significant impact on educators and their daily lives in the classroom. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA endorses Phil Murphy in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Phil Murphy Endorsement
The New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee (NJEA PAC) today unanimously endorsed Ambassador Phil Murphy for the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.
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MORE ISSUES & ACTION

njea.org - coming soon

Coming in early 2017, a new njea.org! Designed with members in mind, the new site will be mobile responsive, with easy access to update profile, access member benefits, stay informed and take action from any mobile device. njea.org/comingsoon.

DON'T MISS

Forum on Race, Place, and Opportunity in New Jersey

Building One New Jersey will host a Forum on Race, Place, and Opportunity in New Jersey at the Frist Campus Center at Princeton University on Friday, December 16. The forum will explore the intersection of these forces and make a compelling case that the enduring legacy and current crisis of racial and economic segregation in our society is preventing all of us from realizing our full potential politically, socially and economically. Princeton professor Mitchell Duneier will discuss his new book Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea. Learn more and register

NJEA Scholar Athlete Recognition Campaign

Nominate South Jersey Scholar Athletes

NJEA and 97.5/the Fanatic have teamed up to recognize New Jersey public high school students who make the grade in their classrooms and on the field. If you are a parent, teacher, or coach who would like to nominate a South Jersey Scholar Athlete, learn how.

California Casualty accepting applications for athletics grants

Public High Schools and Middle Schools in need of financial help for their sports programs are urged to apply for a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Qualifying teams can score up to $3,000. Applications must be received at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com by January 15, 2017 for consideration for the 2016/2017 year.

STEM Contest

Parents and teachers: Varsity Learning Academy is hosting "It All STEMS From This: Competition and Festival." If you have children in grades 3-12, they are eligible to participate in this statewide STEM competition where over $10,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be awarded. The festival will also feature activities, music, vendors, and refreshments. To register or find out more, visit www.itallstemsfromthis.com.

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Looking for some family fun? 

Looking for some fun shows to enjoy with your kids like Disney on Ice, The Harlem Globetrotters, or Monster Truck events? You can enroll your children in the free Sun National Bank Center Kids Club presented by NJEA for exclusive access to VIP Experiences, Ticket Discounts, Special Offers, and much more! Learn more

Have your school join the 2016 Students Change Hunger challenge

Students Change HungerThe New Jersey Federation of Food Banks invites your school to join Students Change Hunger, a statewide initiative to engage and mobilize students to address hunger in their local communities and throughout the state. Last fall, 234 schools participated in the program’s fourth year. More than 174,000 pounds of food and $44,000 were donated.  Learn more

Arete

New Jersey Hall of Fame and New Jersey Education Association renew scholarships challenging students to realize their best

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) together with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announces the renewal of the “Arête Scholarship” which each year grants a $5,000 scholarship to a male and a female New Jersey high school graduate. The recipients are recognized at the annual New Jersey Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony. Scholarship applications are due on Feb. 28, 2017. Learn more

Sustainable Jersey

New Grants Announced to Fund NJ School and District Sustainability Projects

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces new grants funded by PSE & G. Applications are due by Feb. 3, 2017 for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant program, which provides opportunities for New Jersey public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. 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

Cedar Grove

NJEA colleagues, community support Cedar Grove educators

Staff and students displaced by asbestos contamination. A districtwide construction project in the Cedar Grove School District last summer led to asbestos contamination at North End Elementary School. The episode caused the loss of many classroom resources and the displacement of staff and students. 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

Christmas Spectacular

See Christmas Spectacular at a discount

Use promo code NJEA when ordering tickets at ticketmaster.com.

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

2016 Dec Toolbox

Students travel the globe.

No tickets (or passports) required.

Room 208 and Room 310 are classrooms without walls. Those rooms in Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park are places where students have traveled over 30,000 virtual miles and counting. The school’s Skype in the Classroom project began in the 2015-16 school year as a collaborative effort between the building’s speech-language therapists and occupational therapist. Read More