What’s Next For N.J. Public Worker Pensions?

TRENTON With two major government worker pension court battles concluded, the next front in public workers’ fight for retirement benefits is a ballot question considering a constitutional amendment forcing the state to make annual contributions in the pension system.

The high court ruled last week that workers in the New Jersey Pension Fund are not entitled to cost-of-living adjustments to their . And almost a year ago, the court ruled the state couldn’t be forced to put money into the fund, prompting Democratic lawmakers and public worker advocates to pursue the amendment (A109).

In a statement following the COLA decision, , president of the New Jersey Education Association, said: “This despicable ruling reinforces the need to pass a constitutional amendment to require responsible pension funding.… Read the rest

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

The following is a press relase from the , here is a link to the release:

Professional educators get great results in New Jersey

Gov. 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 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.

“I don’t often agree with Gov. Christie, but he’s right that public education is too much about politics right now,” said NJEA President .… Read the rest

We Will win On Pension Funding

The following is a press relase from the , here is a link to the release:

NJEA and other public employee unions in New Jersey have embarked on a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment that will enshrine a pension funding requirement in the state constitution. We have already succeeded in the first step. In January, on the last week of the last legislative session, the state Senate and Assembly passed a resolution to put that amendment before voters on Nov. 8. Once the same resolution is passed again by both houses in the current legislative session, its placement on the ballot will be secure.… Read the rest

Administration Poring Over Pearson Contract To Assess PARCC Damages

The following is an article from NJSpotlight.com, here is a link to the article:

Just determining what contract says about outages will be a chore; the agreement’s documents are nearly 1,000 pages long.

 

Last week state Education Commissioner David Hespe said he would hold Pearson accountable for the one-day crash of New Jersey’s . This week the administration is going through the testing vendor’s voluminous contract with the state to see what that accountability will mean.

That contract contains extensive language for “damages” incurred by the vendor if the deliverable (the online PARCC exam) is not provided on time or as agreed upon.… Read the rest

10 Years!

10!

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the Asbury Park Education Association website. For the last 10 years we have used this website and the association’s mailing list to keep membership informed of the pressing issues of our day.

Over the past decade this website has been a way to promote the association keep membership informed. We will continue to use this space to keep you up to date and informed as we navigate these often dangerous waters. Here’s to 10 more years!

As always, questions and comments are welcome. Send them to me at: P.Errico@AsburyParkEA.net. It’s your website, let us know what you think!… Read the rest