Take ActionTell Gov. Christie: Move to quarterly pension payments

Write to Gov. Christie. Tell him quarterly pension payments save money and strengthen the pension system.

The state of New Jersey currently makes its annual pension contribution in a single lump sum payment near the very end of the fiscal year. That is a bad investment policy because it causes the state to lose out on interest it could have earned on its contribution if it was spread out in regular payments throughout the year.

The New Jersey Legislature supports making quarterly payments into the pension fund, but Gov. Christie refuses to do so. He prefers to wait until the end of the year and forfeit millions in lost earnings.

Please email Gov. Christie and demand that he make quarterly pension payments so that New Jersey public employees and taxpayers get the benefit of earning additional interest on the state’s pension contribution.

ESEA reauthorization moving quickly

Opportunity to fix NCLB flaws

Take ActionFor the first time since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) became law in 2002, Congress appears poised to reauthorize – and make significant changes to – the underlying Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  This is an opportunity for NJEA members to make a difference on issues that matter to us, especially in the area of standardized testing.

The current obsession with high-stakes standardized testing started with NCLB.  Now, with parents and educators uniting across the country in opposition to the overuse and misuse of those tests, federal legislators in both parties are ready to consider changes that could reduce the amount of testing and lower the stakes for students, educators and schools.  But they have to hear from us.

Please contact your federal representatives today.  Time is short.  Act now!

Our Senators need to hear what ESEA reauthorization should look like directly from NEA members now.
Below are links to resources for member outreach: