In recent months, NJEA members all over the state have been participating in the Red for Ed campaign, an initiative that draws attention to the unfairness that plagues so many facets of public education. And while many locals around New Jersey are doing excellent work to #FixTheUnfairness, the Cherry Hill Education Association is one local that stands out among the crowd.
In January, the CHEA was selected as one of the winning locals in the NJEA Region 3 UniServ Red for Ed contest, and in order to keep up that momentum, CHEA president Steve Redfearn challenged members in all of the district’s 19 schools to competitions that encouraged a continued commitment to demanding legislation that ensures educators have the resources they need to provide every student with an excellent education.
In recent weeks, CHEA members have met with local legislators to demand Chapter 78 relief and basic rights and protections for ESPs, signed petitions, written letters, participated in the Moorestown Mall Red for Ed Walk-In, attended Lobby Days, and produced videos–including a #FixTheUnfairness rendition of “It’s The Hard Knock Life” by CHEA members at J.F. Cooper Elementary–to amplify their message. Their efforts have been supported by community members, NJEA members from all over the state, and even a local fire company that visited one of the district’s elementary schools.
Not only has CHEA’s Red for Ed participation drawn attention to this important cause, it has served to promote camaraderie and boost morale among the district’s educators. Redfearn is proud of the sense of solidarity the #FixTheUnfairness organizing has fostered, and he knows his members will continue to advocate for their students, their schools, and their profession.
Visit njea.org/justice to learn more and join the movement.