-PENSION: The NJEA is working with the legislature to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would require the state to make the FULL PENSION PAYMENT. Furthermore the proposed amendment would require that pension payments be made quarterly instead of waiting until the last day of the fiscal year. Click here for more detailed information about the pension amendment.
-The aforementioned pension amendment passed both houses of the legislature on January 11, the final day of the legislative session. If it passes both houses again in the new legislative session it will be on the ballot in November (the governor DOES NOT have to sign it)! Then the important work begins: convincing the voters of New Jersey to vote YES on this pension amendment because it is necessary for everyone in the state, not just our members
-NO MORE NCLB: The federal government has done away with No Child Left Behind and put in place the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This will give much more authority to the states to set testing and assessment regulations. This gives states the option to move on from the “test and punish” doctrine of NCLB. However, more work still needs to be done to convince the educational policy makers of New Jersey to adopt fairer, developmentally appropriate testing regulations. Read more about ESSA here.
-NJEA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE: This is one of the best opportunities you can have to speak with and listen to your elected officials. This statewide conference will be held on February 20 right in our backyard at the Doubletree Hotel on Atrium Drive in Somerset! Stay tuned to your email for registration details.
-The most important thing we can do right now to ensure our pension is for all of us to become educated on the issue. READ this excellent editorial from Mark Magyar of The Star Ledger and NJ.com on pension funding. Please check out the editorial so you will be well-informed about why New Jersey needs this pension amendment
Feel free to email me with any questions. Keep up the great work!
Legislative Action Chair, FTEA
Please see the forwarded message below regarding the proposed constitutional amendment to fund our pensions. This is GREAT news because the governor has no veto power whatsoever to stop this. That being said we would have a long road ahead of us to convince the state of NJ to vote YES on this. The first step is to contact our state legislators and DEMAND that they vote in favor of putting SCR-184 on the ballot next November.
Please share this information with our FTEA members so they are aware of this incredibly important pension news.