NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement regarding the legal ruling by Judge Mary Jacobson on NJEA’s pension lawsuit yesterday and the Final Report of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefits Study Commission expected to be released soon: "We are very pleased that Judge Jacobson so clearly and unambiguously ruled that Gov. Christie and the State of New Jersey have a legal obligation to fund the pension according to the law he signed in 2011. It’s the right decision and a fiscally appropriate response to the pension funding crisis that the state has created for itself over the last 15 years. It’s time for Gov. Christie to finally do the responsible thing and fund the pension systems. It is deeply disappointing that he has indicated that he will continue to fight the ruling."
The statewide chorus of parents and educators speaking out against high-stakes standardized testing in New Jersey is growing louder. Today, NJEA launched a six-week TV and web ad campaign featuring parents and teachers discussing their concerns with the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests, which all students in grades 3-11 will take beginning March 1. Read More
ESEA reauthorization moving quickly
Opportunity to fix NCLB flaws
For the first time since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) became law in 2002, Congress appears poised to reauthorize – and make significant changes to – the underlying Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This is an opportunity for NJEA members to make a difference on issues that matter to us, especially in the area of standardized testing.
The current obsession with high-stakes standardized testing started ... Read More