On Thursday, Oct. 18, NJEA’s educational support professionals (ESP) were honored by the NJ State Assembly for the service ESP do every day to make public schools great. Gallery
Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, D-Camden, presented the award on behalf of Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, D-Essex, Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, and all the members of the NJ State Assembly. In his remarks, Greenwald reminisced about his school bus driver and the cafeteria staff in his public school who made him feel special.
“The best job was to be the student who delivered the milk,” Greenwald said. “When you got to the cafeteria, the staff there would always give you a treat. I thought I was the only kid to receive that special treatment. They made every student feel that way!”
Many members of NJEA’s Educational Support Professionals Committee attended today’s event. NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan spoke on behalf of the association.
“Educational support professionals – or, as I like to call them, essential school personnel – are partners in public education and deserve to share credit for the success of our public schools, which are among the best in the nation,” Blistan said. “We are proud to call them our members and to highlight their importance both in our association and in the education of our students.”
NJEA is urging legislators to pass two bills which would provide fair treatment to educational support professionals.
S-1191 would prohibit employers from entering into a subcontracting agreement that affects the employment of those covered by that contract during the term of an existing collective bargaining agreement.
S-2163 would extend to non-teaching employees of local, county or regional school districts, boards or commissions the right to submit to binding arbitration any dispute regarding whether there is just cause for a disciplinary action.
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