Following a one-day strike and a late night mediation session, the Franklin Lakes Education Association has agreed to a contract with the Franklin Lakes Board of Education, ensuring that schools will open as normal this morning.  NJEA’s officers, President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty, issued this statement commending FLEA members for their courage and steadfast determination to achieve a contract that provides dignity for educators, stability for students and a brighter future for Franklin Lakes Public Schools:

“We were proud to march with our colleagues in Franklin Lakes yesterday as they took a stand for students, for fairness, and for the future of public education in Franklin Lakes. Today, we are glad to congratulate them on achieving a contract settlement that reflects those priorities. Their courageous action will serve students and strengthen the district for years to come.

“While we are proud of their bold stand, this situation has only strengthened our resolve to work with our members across New Jersey to achieve comprehensive legislative relief from the crushing health care costs that caused this situation to arise. We call on every New Jersey lawmaker to support legislation that will fix the problem that was created in 2011 and ensure that educators in other communities are not forced into the same situation faced by their FLEA colleagues.”

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