NJEA President Marie Blistan was named the second most powerful education advocate in New Jersey by NJBiz.com. Citing the collective power of all 200,000 NJEA members, NJBIZ recognized that with Blistan as president, NJEA’s influence over state education policy cannot be matched. This acknowledge comes just weeks after EdWeek named New Jersey’s public schools the best in the nation.

Blistan praised the commitment of NJEA members from school districts across the state as the force behind the influence. This recognition is a celebration of New Jersey’s great public schools. NJEA members across the state are dedicated to ensuring that public education tomorrow will be better than today. Their passion for children and what’s right for our profession is nothing short of inspirational. Together, as one collective body made up of so many diverse voices, we fight for what’s best for children, schools and our profession. We proudly stand up for equitably funded schools, living wages and fair health care for educators, and curricular practices that celebrate the diversity across so many communities and classrooms. It’s because of our commitment to children, and the hard work of every single NJEA member, that New Jersey’s public schools were recently ranked first in the nation. In our union, we value the inclusion of all voices as we seek to improve public education for all children in every community around this state. We, as educators, find our motivation in the faces of the children we educate. We are proud to advance public education in New Jersey and look forward to another year of the most powerful advocacy in the nation.”

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