Blistan talks SEL, testing, school safety to legislators


NJEA President Marie Blistan testified this morning via video before the Joint Committee on Public Schools. Her testimony covered the importance of focusing on the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) needs of students, the need for the NJDOE to apply for a federal waiver from this spring’s standardized testing requirements and the necessity of investing in the health and safety of students and staff by directing additional resources to public schools.

While speakers were limited to 7 minutes for testimony, Blistan submitted more detailed written testimony to the committee. She also shared a copy of the open letter on the post-pandemic future of New Jersey’s public schools that NJEA and other education stakeholder groups released publicly last week.