New Jersey’s public schools rank best in the nation in the 2019 Quality Counts report just released by Education Week. The widely respected report, now in its 23rd year, measures a number of factors, from student achievement to school funding to the success students achieve once they leave school. After finishing a close second to Massachusetts in the four previous years, New Jersey took over the top spot based on the overall quality and performance of its public schools.
NJEA’s officers were quick to praise New Jersey’s public schools and the NJEA members who are key to their schools’ success.
“The dedicated professionals who work in our schools every day deserve the credit for this honor,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “The entire school team has to work together to ensure our students get a great education. From the bus drivers who deliver them safely, to the cafeteria workers who keep them healthy, to the custodial and maintenance employees who keep them safe, to the classroom paraprofessionals who give them individual attention and instruction, our students rely on a team of dedicated adults every day. So, we give credit to every secretary, every nurse, every librarian, every counselor, every child study team member, every technology specialist and, of course, every teacher, because we all work together for our students’ success.”
“This ranking shows that New Jersey’s commitment to investing in education is working,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “Every day, our great educators invest in our kids and we are glad that Gov. Murphy and the Legislature believe in that investment and have worked hard in recent years to support it. New Jersey’s top ranking should serve to reinforce that commitment so that all children, in every one of New Jersey’s public schools, have the resources they need to succeed. We aren’t all the way there yet, but we know that if we keep supporting educators, our children and our communities, we will keep succeeding.”
“Our schools are the best in the nation because our members pour their hearts and souls into their work every single day,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “It’s time to repay that dedication and honor that success by passing existing legislation that provides relief from the crushing health care costs that are driving our members out of the profession and deterring others from even entering. And our unsung heroes — our educational support professionals — deserve job justice and with it the right to be secure in their positions. That’s how we will sustain this success.”