The fight with the NJEA continues

The annual teachers’ convention is Thursday and Friday and it is traditional for the governor or the state education commissioner to attend. But not this year. The Christie Administration sent the NJEA a letter saying it would only attend if the union shows a willingness to get on board with education reform.

Isn’t that the wrong approach?  How about the governor attending the convention and speaking at it in hopes of bridging the gap between the two …

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Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

4 Responses to The fight with the NJEA continues

  1. P says:

    Standard whine from the NJEA – http://www.njea.org/news/2010-11-03/an-insult-to-every-teacher-in-new-jersey

    But the acting head of the DOE is pretty clear what the administration needs from the NJEA in her letter – http://www.njea.org/njea-media/pdf/ConventionCommissioner.pdf

    And the NJEA’s response, “To say, as she does, that NJEA ‘is unwilling to accept reforms that put results for our children first’ is an insult to every teacher in New Jersey,” doesn’t answer the question – Is the NJEA willing to seriously discuss changing tenure and seniority rights so that we are all putting children, not teachers, first?

    Until they say “Yes,” I’d ignore them too. A hundred years ago, tenure was critical. Today, it is an anachronism, and just damages public education.

  2. P says:

    In a story from another newspaper it was noted that “Keshishian said Thursday that the “vitriolic rhetoric” in Hendricks’ e-mail was consistent with what the state’s teachers have heard from the governor for the past nine months. It’s unfortunate, she said, that the governor’s administration will only speak of politics, when the union wants to talk policy.

    “Apparently the acting commissioner is now ascribing to the same type of tirade, and sadly, all of the NJEA’s members are now subjected,” Keshishian said.”

    Could someone explain to me what part of the Acting Commissioner’s letter was “vitriolic,” or even remotely resembled a “tirade.” Until the NJEA stops acting like the Teamsters and is prepared to work on reforming public education as not only the Governor, but also the President and his Secretary of Education, want to, they will be on the outside looking in.

    As for speaking to the convention, it’s just a bunch of the union’s staunchest members (95% of teachers use this as a long weekend), who all march in lockstep with Ms.Keshishian. A mind closed is a terrible waste.

  3. Ed France says:

    One question? Why do they need a convention every year?

  4. P says:

    To indoctrinate (oops, educate) their troops on how to squeeze more $$ out of the NJ Taxpayer.

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