Archives for April 2017
1. State-Mandated PD Videos: Certificated members and paras should consider utilizing the time being offered during the weeks of April 24 and May 8, in which we can be excused from one day of office hours each week. The date for completion has been extended to June 15.
2. Classroom Changes: The recent memo from the superintendent led to some confusion about classroom changes. Anyone who will be moving to a new classroom next year is going to be notified in early May, not June 15.
3. Benecard: After hearing our concerns in March, Benecard will be sending representatives to both the HS and MS faculty meetings on May 17. We will be sending out a follow-up survey to everyone to provide them with newer data beforehand.
4. Lakewood Rally: Lakewood EA is asking for members to rally at their next Board of Ed meeting on April 26 at 7:15 p.m. in the Lakewood High School Auditorium.
Here’s what they are facing: 119 certified staff being cut; no after school sports, activities, or clubs; no summer programs; no elementary guidance counselors; and an average class size of 50 students next year. Several members from Lakewood attended some of our rallies last year when we were in need.
5. Upcoming Workshops/Training:
- OCCEA Legislative Dinner: May 11 at the Toms River Ramada Inn. RSVP by April 19, let me know if you would like to attend.
- NJEA Summer Leadership Conference: Three-day programs available in August. Please contact me if you are interested.
6. Rice Notice Reminder: The only Rice Notices we need to worry about are hard copy (printed) notices, not email notices. The email notices are only sent when your name will appear on the Board agenda. The hard copy means the Board will be discussing terms and conditions of your employment in executive session.
7. Senate PARCC Bill:There is a resolution in the State Senate to eliminate PARCC as a graduation requirement because it is inconsistent with the intent of Public Law 1979. Click hereto contact your Senate representative to urge them to support SCR-132.
Have a relaxing break!
Your opportunity to vote for NJEA’s leaders begins today.
All mail ballots must be postmarked and received at the address noted on the ballot envelope by Friday, April 14 at noon. Electronic balloting also ends at noon on April 14. (Do NOT send ballots to NJEA; send them to the address noted on the ballot envelope.)
Up for election are the positions of NJEA president, NJEA secretary-treasurer, and representatives to the NJEA Executive Committee, NJEA Delegate Assembly, and NEA Representative Assembly. Positions for NJEA Delegate Assembly-Alternates are also on the ballot.
There are two candidates running for NJEA president and four candidates running for NJEA secretary-treasurer. You will find statements from the candidates, statements from their supporters, and background information about each candidate here.
If you did not indicate your preference to vote online by March 1, you should have received a ballot by postal mail. However, you may still opt to vote online.
To vote online, go to njea.org/njea-elections. You will need to sign in to access the page using your PIN and password.
• Your PIN is the email address through which you received this email. You may also use your six-character membership ID number as your PIN, which is found on your membership card (two letters, two numerals, two letters).
• Your password is the last four digits of your Social Security number, unless you have changed your password.
• Once you are signed in and have gone to njea.org/njea-elections, you will find a link to vote online.
If you vote online, destroy your paper ballot if you received one. If you attempt to vote by postal mail and electronically, the ballot that is received first by NJEA is the one that will be counted. Each ballot has a unique code to ensure that only one ballot will be counted for each member, while protecting the secret ballot.
Remember: All mail ballots must be postmarked and received at the address noted on the ballot envelope by Friday, April 14, 2017, at noon. Electronic balloting also ends at noon on April 14.