What local associations can do

  • Work with UniServ representatives to seek contract language as described in this article.
  • Meet with administrators in your district to explain measures that the district can implement. Also explain the advantages of A-2492 and ask for their support in lobbying for it.
  • Passage of A-2492 and S-817 will require a coalition of NJEA members, opinion leaders, parents, and students, as well as community and environmental groups to show their support. Local associations can take action in several ways:
    • Contact the sponsors of the bills, and ask them to make the bills priorities in the education committees of their respective houses: Asm. Upendra Chivukula and Sens. Bob Smith, Shirley Turner, Jennifer Beck and Fred Madden (contact information at www.njleg.state.nj.us).
    • Contact Sen. Teresa Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Asm. Patrick Diegnan, chair of the Assembly Education Committee, and ask them to post the bill for consideration as soon as possible. When contacting legislators, it is very helpful to note personal experiences that illustrate the need for this legislation.
    • Hold information sessions for staff, students, and parents about the bill.
    • Form local coalitions to lobby for the bill’s passage.
    • Testify about problems with temperatures in your district’s schools when public hearings are held.
  • For more information

  • Beat the heat – cool our schools,” NJEA Reporter, May 2005.
  • Tips for Preventing Heat Illness, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp
  • Text of S-817legiscan.com/gaits/text/515274
  • Hundreds of Emergency Repairs in Urban Schools Ignored by Christie Administration, Education Law Center,” Jan. 11, 2012.