Congratulations NJEA members! Your advocacy helped stop two bad bills from becoming law in the closing days of the 2016-17 legislative session.
S-3309 (Urban Hope Act IV) would have dramatically expanded the Renaissance Schools program that has been used to undermine neighborhood public schools in Camden. NJEA members sent hundreds of emails to legislators opposing the bill, and even traveled to Trenton to testify against it before it was pulled from consideration.
Another damaging bill, S-3535, would have unilaterally moved county college employees and retirees from the School Employees Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) to the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). That would have resulted in lower quality coverage for most employees. NJEA believes any change to health insurance should be bargained, not imposed. NJEA members vigorously lobbied legislators to oppose that attack on collective bargaining.
Stay tuned because we expect that both bills could be reintroduced in the new session and we will need your contributed vigilance in opposing them.
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