NJEA Fact Sheet


The mission of the New Jersey Education Association is to advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students.


The New Jersey Education Association is a diverse, democratic organization working to create an optimal environment to achieve excellence in public education in New Jersey.


  • Member Advocacy - To preserve and improve the economic interests, working conditions, job security, and pensions of all members.

  • Organizing - To strengthen the Association by maximizing membership, developing leadership, and supporting affiliates.

  • Enhancing Public Education - To promote and deliver quality professional development for educators. To advance and support policies that enhance and enrich public education.


Teachers and ESP (170,106); retired educators (21,043); student members (1,074); and general and subscribing members (49) for a total of 192,272 members.


A headquarters building at 180 W. State St. in Trenton, New Jersey, and 22 regional offices throughout the state.


The staff is organized into six divisions: Communications, Executive Office, Government Relations, Professional Development, Research and Economic Services, and UniServ.


NJEA policy is made by an elected Delegate Assembly of 125 members. Policy is implemented by a 40-member Executive Committee elected by the counties, by higher education members, and by professional non-classroom personnel. Policy recommendations come from NJEA's 40 standing and special committees.


As of September 1, 2005, annual dues are $595 for active professional members (full-time); $297.50 (part-time professional); $297.50 (on leave professional); $288 for active supportive members (full-time); $144 (part-time); $144 (on leave); $45 for retired members (if retired prior to Sept. 1, 1973) $55 (if retired on/after Sept. 1, 1973); $35 for retired ESP; $685 for retired life members (if received by August 31, 2005); $700 (if received after August 31, 2005); $383 for retired ESP life (if received by August 31, 2005); $400 for retired ESP life (if received after August 31, 2005); $32 for student members; $250 for general professional members (outside NJ public education employment); and $250 for subscribing members.


NJEA's officers, who are elected to two-year terms, are:

Joyce Powell,
special education teacher in Vineland (Cumberland)

Vice President:
Barbara Keshishian,
a mathematics teacher in New Milford (Bergen Co)

Wendell Steinhauer,
a mathematics teacher in Riverside (Burlington)


NJEA is the state affiliate of the National Education Association. NJEA has a local affiliate in every school district in New Jersey, almost all of them the legally recognized bargaining agent for that district's teachers. In many other districts, NJEA has one or more education support professionals such as secretary, bus driver, custodian, etc.

NJEA also has local affiliates in most of New Jersey's county colleges and in several of the state colleges. In addition, New Jersey's subject-matter associations -- such as the Teachers of English -- are affiliates of NJEA.