1853 - NJEA is founded.
The New Jersey Education Association is founded by a group of educators with a desire to improve public education and elevate the teaching profession.
Free public education for all was enacted.
Teachers’ Retirement Fund is created.
First tenure bill was enacted.
Elizabeth Allen elected first woman president of NJEA.
Minimum salary law enacted.
NJEA wards off efforts to undermine public education due to the Great Depression.
First sick leave law with mandated minimums.
Funding of county colleges was established.
NJ passed its first collective bargaining law.
Thorough and efficient education law was passed.
Judi Owens elected first African-American president of NJEA.
NJ has the highest minimum salary in the nation.
Legislation providing health benefits for retired teachers.
Family Leave Protection.
Paid health benefits for retired educational support professionals/county college members.
Zero tolerance for weapons and guns in schools.
Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act.
Contract imposition ends with legislation extending bargaining process.
Legislation prohibiting the administration of standardized assessments in kindergarten through second grade.
Teacher Leader endorsement added to the instructional certificate.