NJEA President Marie Blistan was named co-chair of Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s transition committee on educational issues. In her role on the Advisory Policy Committee on Education, Access, and Opportunity, Blistan will help the incoming administration shape its education policy agenda. As a classroom teacher with decades of experience and as the elected president of the 200,000-member New Jersey Education Association, Blistan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.
Blistan thanked Murphy for the opportunity to serve:
“I am grateful to Governor-elect Murphy for entrusting me with this responsibility,” said Blistan. “He promised our members over a year ago that he would include them when he was making decisions about education matters, and he has kept his word.”
Blistan noted that the transition offers an opportunity to begin moving education policy in a positive direction again. “This is an important first step toward changing the tone that has existed in New Jersey for the last eight years and I am proud to be part of it,” noted Blistan. “We have many important public education issues to deal with and I’m glad this administration is already working on that. Giving educators a voice will benefit our schools and our students, because we know what works best and what matters most.”
NJEA represents 200,000 members across New Jersey, from pre-K to higher education, including teachers and other certificated school employees, educational support professionals, students preparing for careers in education and retired educators. Blistan noted that the union’s large, diverse membership will help inform her participation on the committee.
“Our members play a vital role in every aspect of public education in New Jersey. As a union, we understand nuances and intricacies that people who don’t do our work day to day may not see or appreciate. I’m eager to give a voice to all of our members and bring their combined experience and expertise to the table.”
Blistan is a special education teacher from Washington Township (Gloucester Co.) Prior to serving as president, she also served as vice president (2013-2017) and secretary-treasurer (2009-2013) of NJEA. Her full biography is available here.
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