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Assembly committee passes it on party-line vote
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 More

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Social justice a hallmark of labor unions

On The Table

Social justice has been a hallmark of labor unions, including NJEA, since their inception. After all, the fundamental issue of unionism is to improve the lives of its members through collective action and, through our action and activism, to improve the lives of all working men and women, their families and their communities.

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For years, politicians of both parties have failed to fund New Jersey’s pension systems. After nearly two decades of neglect, the systems are in a dire position: they need regular, responsible payments from the state in order to remain stable and to provide public employees with the secure pensions they have earned. Read More


NJEA Summer Professional Learning Institute
NJEA Summer Institute

Join us on Tuesday, July 12, for the 2016 Summer Professional Learning Institute being held at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor. This professional development session will engage teacher leaders in activating their classroom experiences into conversations around cultural competence. Learn more

Techstock 2016

A celebration of technology and learning in the classroom

Join us on Wednesday, July 13, for Techstock, a celebration of technology and learning. Stockton University will host the event, which is co-sponsored by Stockton University and the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center (SRI&ETTC), and Stockton University Master of Arts in Instructional Technology Program. Learn more

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Edison Twp. EA member receives California Casualty athletics grant

Edison High School is the recipient of $1000 from the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program thanks to Edison Twp. EA member and Bowling Coach Tracie Smith. Edison High is one of 86 public high schools in 34 states to receive a total of $102,500. Read more

Metuchen social studies teacher honored for human rights activism

Evan Robbins, a Social Studies teacher at Metuchen High School, was recently awarded the 2016 Human Rights Activist Award from Kean University’s Human Rights Intstitute. In 2006, he and his students created the Breaking the Chain club in an effort to rescue trafficked children in the fishing industry in Ghana, West Africa. Read more

Union City science teacher receives accolades

Paul Orbe, a science teacher at the Academy for Enrichment and Advancement in Union City, and a member of the Union City Education Association, was recently awarded the NSTA-Bayer Fellowship from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and the Urban Science Educator Development Award from the NSTA and Shell.  Read more


Giving students a national view

NJEA and BEN-FM have partnered to educate the public about the important role Educational Support Professionals play in our schools and in our communities. Anna Marie Cooney provides in-class support for students at Monongahela Middle School in Deptford Township. She raised her children in Deptford and has worked in the district since 1991. She and her husband have traveled to all fifty states.  Read More


Nominate All-Pro Teachers!

The Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Coating Systems are teaming up again to recognize outstanding 6th through 12th grade teachers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for their contribution to their students, school and community through the Axalta All-Pro Teachers program.  A teacher can be nominated by a principal, fellow teacher, student or parent of a student. Ten (10) teachers will be chosen by a selection committee based on education drive, innovative teaching methods, use of STEM education and commitment to students beyond the classroom.  Read more

NJEA has partnered with Thunder 106 and B 98.5 to recognize the significant contributions our members make in the lives of their students. In his nomination, this is what one parent had to say about Sally Flannery, a special needs preschool teacher from Brick. “Miss Sally Flannery exemplifies the true definition of "School Spirit" by being an extraordinary Special Needs preschool teacher in the Brick school district and going way beyond what her job requires. My wife and I have been very lucky to have our son in Miss Flannery's class, and her hard work and love for the children is evident in the growth of our son.” Read more

Students can honor school heroes

Trenton Thunder logoThe Trenton Thunder baseball team and the New Jersey Education Association are once again sponsoring a student essay contest open to all New Jersey public school students.

The topic of the contest is “My hero works at school.” Students are encouraged to write a short, but thoughtful essay about a school employee who has positively impacted them. Essays should be no more than 250 words. Submissions must be received by June 3. Learn more

Activate Your Soul

The Philadelphia Soul arena football team, based in Voorhees, are Philadelphia’s winningest team since 2004. In partnership with NJEA, the Soul are visiting schools with their “Activate Your Soul” school program and they invite every school in New Jersey to join them in helping keep our children active and healthy. Learn more

NJEA members invited to Rock vs. Jocks game

Soul KissThe Philadelphia Soul is coming to Trenton and they want NJEA member there to cheer them on! The Soul is offering NJEA members special pricing - $30 lower level tickets for just $20! The Soul usually plays at the Wells Fargo Cneter in Philadelphia, but since the venue will be hosting the Democratic National Convention, the Philadelphia Soul will play their Saturday, June 11 game at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ. Kickoff for the game is set for 3 p.m.  Learn more

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On the Web

NJWell is an online catalog of educational assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans aligned to every Common Core standard and several other standards. The site offers the ability for teachers to assign resources to their students online, allowing students to take assessments, do homework, etc. on their own computers or tablets. Resources are free, but a premium subscription is offered that grants access to content from leading publishers. More On the Web resources

Court’s COLA ruling a “theft, plain and simple”

“Despicable” decision reinforces need for constitutional amendment

TPAF Letters
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 More


NJEA statement on school funding

Many districts struggling, need solution that’s fair to all

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement regarding the need for better school funding by the state to help struggling communities meet the needs of their students: "New Jersey’s failure to fund public education according to the established legal formula has left many districts across the state struggling to meet the needs of students. We must address that in a way that is fair to all districts and that does not harm students in some districts by simply reallocating already inadequate funding."

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Congressman becomes a teacher for a day

Congressman Tom MacArthur
On June 7, Scott Alfano’s U.S. History students at Bayville’s Central Regional Middle School experienced a rare opportunity when they welcomed Congressman Tom MacArthur as their Teacher for a Day. Read More


NJEA congratulates 2016-17 county teachers of the year

2016-17 NJ County Teachers of the Year

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. 

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Parents, educators: Time to stop PARCC damage

Oppose PARCC as a graduation requirement

Standardized testing
On June 1, the NJ State Board of Education heard the final round of public testimony regarding the use of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests as a high school exit exam. Parents, educators and school board members stood in unity, delivering a powerful message against the proposed regulation.   Read More


NJEA on Caride appointment

Will be a strong advocate for great public schools

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."

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NJEA seeks apprentices

NJEA Apprentice Program
Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to develop skills to prepare for an association leadership role? Have you thought about what it would be like to join the NJEA staff? Consider applying to be part of the 2016-2018 NJEA Bolivar L. Graham Practicing Apprentice Program. NJEA created the apprentice program to provide ethnic-minorities and women with the opportunities, knowledge, and skills needed for association governance roles and potential NJEA staff employment.  Read More


PARCC reporting bill passes Assembly

Parents move one step closer to transparency

The New Jersey General Assembly has passed A-2567, a bill that provides much-needed transparency regarding the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. The bill will require local districts and the New Jersey Department of Education to publicly post the number of students in each grade level who did not take PARCC tests compared to those who did. The bill has not been voted on in the Senate. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement: Read More

Christie’s hypocrisy cannot hide his failures

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 More


NJEA: Support increased funding for higher education

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 More


Stop edTPA in New Jersey

The New Jersey Board of Education is being asked to pass a resolution adopting the edTPA, a costly, unproven performance assessment for novice teachers to receive certification. There is no research with empirical evidence in support of the exam’s benefits. Sign the petition today urging the New Jersey Department of Education to act now to eliminate the edTPA from the teacher certification process in New Jersey. Read More


NJEA: Yes, let’s get politics out of education

Professional educators get great results in New Jersey

Wendell Steinhauer
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 More


NEA President, Sen. Diegnan honored by Ed Law Center

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia provided the keynote address at the Education Law Center’s 7th Annual Education Justice Lecture at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick. Read More


Educators, parents join forces to demand accountability—and succeed

SBEA: We all deserve a district worthy of respect

South Brunswick EA
Frustrated by the South Brunswick Board of Education’s inaction in the face of dozens of questionable district decisions and numerous community concerns raised in the last two years, hundreds of local residents, parents, educators and elected officials converged outside of the Crossroads North Middle School yesterday to demand accountability and action. Read More


NJEA on PARCC case settlement: Good first step, more work to do

Heidi Maria Brown

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Education Law Center challenging the New Jersey Department of Education’s imposition of the PARCC test as a high-stakes graduation requirement for the Class of 2016

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Senator Sweeney - Keep your promise!

Senate President Steve Sweeney promised NJEA members that he would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot THIS YEAR that would allow voters to demand responsible pension funding by the state. Now, he is threatening to break that promise. He refuses to post the bill and has told reporters, “there’s always next year.”

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NJEA Summer Fellowship
NJEA Summer Organizing Fellowship Program

This July, NJEA will be launching its first-ever paid summer fellowship program. Those selected to serve as NJEA Summer Fellows will gain firsthand experience in political organizing and will have the opportunity to work with NJEA staff and fellow members on this year’s Constitutional Amendment campaign. Learn More

Show your support for Rutgers' Eric LeGrand

This year marks the sixth anniversary of Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand's devastating spinal injury that left him paralyzed. He is inviting NJEA members and other supporters to join him on Sunday, June 5, 2016, for the 6th Annual A Walk to Believe 5K Run and Fun Walk. Read more

Edcamp - Reimagining Learning: The time is now!

Join members of NJPSA/FEA, NJASCD, and The Madison Institute on Wednesday, July 27 at the NJPSA/FEA Conference Center  in Monroe Township for this exciting professional learning opportunity for teachers and school and district leaders in New Jersey. Learn more

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of NFL Hall of Eric LeGrand, a former American football defensive tackle that played college football at Rutgers University. LeGrand became paralyzed while making a tackle in October 2010 but has since regained movement in his shoulders and sensation throughout his body through his hard work and determination.

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WBCB spotlights NJEA members

Trenton radio station WBCB 1490AM has been interviewing NJEA members during high school baseball games in Mercer County. The station caught up with special education teacher Heidi Olson at a recent game.  HeadphonesListen

Chester language arts teacher selected as 2016 NJAMLE Educator of the Year


Classroom Close-Up, NJ

Classroom Close-up, NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 14-time Emmy® award-winning show is in its 22nd season and airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.; and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. Visit to learn more and search the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.


Office Depot Office Max

Office Depot and OfficeMax are now one company! NJEA Members can save up to 80% on over 93,000 products. Great for your printing, cleaning and office needs. Shop online or in any Office Depot or OfficeMax store. Enjoy FREE next-day delivery on online orders over $50! Click here to shop online or print off a FREE Store Purchasing Card.

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance

Did you know that all NJEA members have free life insurance through NEA? All you have to do is identify your beneficiary! You may also purchase additional life insurance through NEA.

Switch to AT&T and Get a $200 bill credit

Thinking of switching your wireless carrier? NJEA members can take advantage of a limited-time offer from AT&T for customers in PA, DE, and NJ.  Get a $200 bill credit when you buy a smartphone with AT&T Next. Details

NEA Savings Program


BankMobile is a new member benefit for NJEA members and families.  You can now have all of your banking services available on your mobile device.  The big difference is that BankMobile does not charge any fees – at all. Learn more

NEA Cash Rewards Card
Member Benefits


Your NJEA membership card is your ticket to discounts on merchandise, insurance, entertainment, travel, and personal legal services.



Toolbox June

RebelMouse: Let your content roar!

The work that education professionals do inside of a school extends well beyond classroom instruction. Every adult in the school building teaches, even if it’s just in the brief interactions we have with our students in the halls, but we don’t always do it in the same way. Nurses teach. Bus drivers teach. Library media specialists teach too.

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NJREA gives back
Monmouth County Retired Educators Association (MCREA) is proud to work together to make a difference in the community. Click through to learn how. Read more

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