Bill takes millions from Lakewood public schools to pay for busing for ineligible private school students
Under current law, Lakewood public schools are required to provide transportation for approximately 17,000 private school students. For students whose busing costs are too expensive (above $884), State law allows the district to provide parents of those students with aid (currently $884) instead of transportation. S-2049 (Singer)/A-3652 (Rible, Kean) would direct the Lakewood school district, which is already underfunded in the current year by almost $5 million, to overpay a consortium of private schools to bus private school students. Also, under provisions of the bills, the consortium would be permitted to use the overpayment to bus private school students who are not eligible for busing under State law.
Resolution to place Constitutional Amendment on pensions on ballot awaits vote
School employees and other public employees have committed their lives to public service with the expectation that their pensions would be available when they retire.
Unfortunately, the state’s failure to pay its share of pension system funding for the last decade has threatened this retirement security. Moreover, the state has failed to make the payments required by P.L. 2011, c. 78, and last June’s New Jersey Supreme Court decision allows the state to continue to forego or underfund public employee pensions.
Amending the state Constitution may be the only way to force the state to meet its pension obligations. To be on the November 2016 ballot, both houses of the New Jersey Legislature must pass a concurrent resolution—known as ACR-109/SCR 2— authorizing the language to go before the voters in a general election.
NJEA SUPPORTS THIS RESOLUTION for several reasons. It:
- Requires quarterly pension payments.
- Establishes a responsible funding schedule.
- Protects the right of vested public employees to their earned pension benefits.
- Provides that pension funding obligations would be enforceable in court.
Please contact your legislator and urge his/her support of this resolution. Tell him/her that New Jersey can no longer ignore its obligation to fund public employee pensions; vote yes on ACR109/SCR2.
Ask your legislators to support A-1030, School Temperature Control Bill
NJEA believes a proper learning environment is essential to student achievement.
Research has shown that temperature extremes in the classroom negatively impact student learning, attendance, and behavior. Extreme temperatures can also exacerbate underlying health issues for students and staff. That is why for decades, NJEA has advocated for a temperature control bill that mitigates temperature extremes.
Many New Jersey school buildings, however, have structural issues that undermine climate control.
Consequently, it is critical that school districts establish temperature control policies to address excessive temperatures in their buildings.
Please contact your legislators in the Assembly and urge them to support A-1030. Tell him/her that temperature extremes negatively impact our students.