The Governor and the Legislature make decisions that affect our schools, our students, our communities, and our profession. Grassroots politics is not just an option, it’s our obligation. Use these resources to make your voice heard on Election Day!
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- POINT Study on Merit Pay
- Performance Pay Doesn’t Work – Kappan, March 2012
- Stop Tying Pay to Performance – Harvard Business Review, Jan.-Feb. 2012
- Merit Pay’s Trap: When Lawmakers Are Clueless About Teachers’ Classroom Realities – NEA Today, April 3, 2011
- International merit pay study inadequate for making policy decisions, independent review finds – March 31, 2011
- Questions to ask about merit pay
- Evaluation symposium a success – June 1, 2012
- Task force calls for use of test scores to evaluate teachers – May 24, 2011
- Governor announces his education reform package – April 25, 2011
- Getting teacher evaluation right – Washinton Post, Sept. 15, 2011
NJEA has taken a position on a number of current legislative issues that impact public education, public school students, and school employees.
To look up the text of a bill, please go to the New Jersey legislature’s website, https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/, and use the bill search on the right-hand side.
S 3313 A 4836: Establishes task force to evaluate quality, efficacy, costs, and educational outcomes of online courses offered by public and independent institutions of higher education and degree-granting proprietary institutions during COVID-19 pandemic
S 3313 A 4836 Establishes task force to evaluate quality, efficacy, costs, and educational outcomes of online courses offered by public and CONTINUE READING
S 3398 A 5343:
S 3398: Requires public water systems to inventory and replace lead service lines withing 20 years and provides for recoupment of costs by investor-owned public water systems
A 5343: Requires public community water system to inventory and replace lead service line within 10 years; Provides for recoupment of costs by investor-owned public water systems
A 3394 S 237 S 854
S 237: Requires new civics instruction in middle and high schools; requires school districts to use DOE’s curriculum guidelines for civics; and requires DOE to provide funding to enhance civics instruction
A 3394/S 854: “Laura Wooten’s Law”; Requires civics instruction in middle school; authorizes New Jersey Center for Civic Education to provide curricula, professional development and technical assistance for middle and high school civics and provides annual center funding
A 2863 / S 968 A 5343:
A 2863 / S 968: Requires public water systems to provide notice of elevated lead levels in drinking water to customers and local officials; requires landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels
A 5343: Requires public community water systems to inventory and replace lead service lines within 10 years; provides for recoupment of costs by investor-owned public water systems
A 4433 A 4434 A 4436 A 4437
A4433: Creates grant program to encourage school districts to partner with institutions of higher education in training school-based mental health services providers
A 4434: Establishes Student Wellness Grant Program in DOE
A 4436- Establishes “Student Mental Health Task Force” to study resources available to schools and parents to address student mental health needs
A 4437: Permits certain mental health professionals working in school districts to refer or help facilitate referral of students to private professional counselors
A 1184 A 4414: A 1184 – Requires school districts and charter schools to report discipline data on their websites and to Commissioner of Education A 4414 – Requires public schools to report all student disciplinary actions; requires DOE to establish database and compile annual report concerning disparities in student disciplinary actions
A 1070 A 1625: A1070- Requires Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance for institutions of higher education to identify cultural barriers in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs A1625- Directs DOE to develop outreach program to encourage young women and minorities to pursue post-secondary degrees and careers in STEM