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NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding Gov. Christie’s proposal to abandon New Jersey’s school funding formula:
“Governor Christie’s school funding proposal is a transparent attempt to deflect attention from the abject failure of his education policies. Having never once funded the state’s existing formula, he has no basis for assessing its effectiveness."
Created on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer spoke at a Better Choices NJ press conference on June 15 to criticize a proposal that would repeal the estate tax at a time when New Jersey is facing a significant budget shortfall. Click through for Steinhauer’s statement.Read
Created on Friday, June 17, 2016
Earlier today, NJ for Health Care Coalition, a diverse coalition of organizations that represent health care consumers, held a press conference to call attention to the rise in surprise health care costs that burden too many New Jersey families.Read
Created on Thursday, June 16, 2016
This morning, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its ruling in Berg and New Jersey Education Association v. Christie, a case that challenged the state’s right to take away the earned Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), which has long been an integral part of New Jersey’s public employee pension systems. In a 6 to 1 vote, the court ruled against the plaintiffs. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding the Court’s ruling: "I am outraged that the Court has condoned the actions of Gov. Christie and the New Jersey Legislature in taking away the COLAs that our members have earned over the course of their careers. This is theft, plain and simple."Read
Created on Thursday, June 09, 2016
The Assembly Judiciary Committee today passed ACR-109 on a 5-2 party-line vote, with all Democrats again supporting it and all Republicans voting no. Prior to the vote, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer addressed the committee. With Vice President Marie Blistan and Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller also attending in support, Steinhauer urged the committee to once again pursue the fiscally responsible funding practices included in the amendment to break the cycle of broken pension promises.Read
Created on Monday, June 06, 2016
NJEA is proud to join with students, school employees, parents, and others in congratulating the 2016-17 New Jersey County Teachers of the Year. They are an impressive group of educators; we applaud their achievements inside and outside the classroom and we thank them for making their careers in public education.
Created on Thursday, June 02, 2016
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer this afternoon congratulated Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, who earlier today was appointed Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. Steinhauer lauded her strong pro-public education voting record and respect for educators and said that NJEA looks forward to working closely with her in her new role. His statement follows: "NJEA is very pleased that Asw. Caride has been named to such an important position Her long record of support for public education makes us confident that she will be an advocate in the Legislature for students and educators."
Created on Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Gov. Christie today touted a plan to double down on his failed charter school policies by increasing charter school expansion while lowering charter school accountability. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer took the opportunity to remind New Jersey residents about Christie’s history of failed education policies that have hurt children. Steinhauer released this statement: “Gov. Christie’s hypocrisy on public education knows no bounds. From his first days in office he has attacked public schools, demonized educators and slashed school budgets. He’s blatantly ignored New Jersey’s school funding formula, which is designed to ensure that New Jersey’s most vulnerable students have a real chance to succeed."Read
Created on Thursday, May 26, 2016
A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that New Jersey has reduced higher education funding by 23.2 percent – or $2,281 per student – since 2008. According to the report, “Funding Down, Tuition Up,” New Jersey is one of only 11 states that cut higher education in 2015-16.Read
Created on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Gov. Christie today criticized education in New Jersey as being “much too much about politics and much too little about results.” He got the first part of that statement right. The Christie administration has politicized education to an alarming degree through divisive rhetoric, harmful policies and severe funding failures. Despite the challenges created by those politically motivated attacks, however, New Jersey’s public schools continue to succeed.Read
Created on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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