New Jersey Education Association History

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1853

NJEA holds its first convention in New Brunswick’s Bayard School.

1874

1874 free public education

Free public education for all was enacted.

1896

1896 teachers retirement fund

Teachers’ Retirement Fund is created.

1909

1909-first-tenure-bill-enacted

First tenure bill was enacted.

1914

1914 Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen elected first woman president of NJEA.

1919

Minimum salary law enacted.

1930s

1930s-njea-wards-off

NJEA wards off efforts to undermine public education due to the Great Depression.

1942

1942 first sick leave

First sick leave law with mandated minimums.

1963

1963 funding county colleges

Funding of county colleges was established.

1975

Thorough and efficient education law was passed.

1975

1975 Judi Owens

Judi Owens elected first African-American president of NJEA.

1985

1985 minimum salary
NJ has the highest minimum salary in the nation.

1988

1988 health benefits retired teachers

Legislation providing health benefits for retired teachers.

1990

Family Leave Protection.

1992

1992 paid health benefits

Paid health benefits for retired educational support professionals/county college members.

1995

1995-gun-free-school-zone

Zero tolerance for weapons and guns in schools.

2000

Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act.

2003

2003 contract imposition

Contract imposition ends with legislation extending bargaining process.

2007

Sick leave banks for school employees were established.

2013

Legislation that enables five-year contracts to be negotiated.

2015

2015 standardized assessments (both facts)

Legislation prohibiting the administration of standardized assessments in kindergarten through second grade.

2015

2015-teacher-leader

Teacher Leader endorsement added to the instructional certificate.

2015

Legislation prohibiting withholding State school aid based on participation on State standardized assessments.