Was this a misprint? NJEA and bargaining

The New Jersey Education Association set forth reform proposals Tuesday about tenure and other matters, including collective bargaining. Here is what one line said:

“NJEA will make the case that collective bargaining has benefitted public education as a whole and is a driver of high property values.”

Hmm … A driver of high property TAXES would be more like it.


About fsnowflack
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 Was this a misprint? NJEA and bargaining

  1. P says:

    “Educational Reform,” and “NJEA” are contradictions in terms. Anything they propose is either an extension of the status quo (like their Tenure “reforms”), or meant to advance their plan to control every aspect of public education (their demand to include class size limits and text book selection in the bargaining process) to the detriment of students and taxpayers.

    As long as the President of the NJEA continues to make a fool of herself (and her organization), with proposals like yesterday’s, no one will take them seriously, and the Governor will remain as popular as ever. Great job Babs.

  2. Ed France says:

    Many years ago teachers were very underpaid. Look up the data. Today that is not the case. The union just want to make sure that they get fair treatment. Just like any other profession. That is normal and expected. The hope is that many of the best and brightest will continue to go into education. If not the students in public schoools will be denied exposure to better learning. The internet can be a good teacher But a quality human being always makes a difference.

  3. Ken Bank says:

    I didn’t know smaller class sizes was “detrimental” to students.

    As far as property values, when I was in the real estate business we featured certain school districts in our advertising based on the quality of their reputation. Of course taxes also play a role, but in marketing single family homes to parents with children the quality of public education was first and foremost in the minds of prospective buyers.

    I always ask myself if all the sour grapes about schol teachers, collective bargaining, pensions and benefits, yada yada has more to do with jealousy and envy than anything else. I could have been a school teacher, but chose not to. Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe not. But despite my current tax bill I’m not going to take my frustration out on my kid’s teachers. They do a damn good job and deserve every penny, as far as this taxpayer is concerned.

    The superintendents are another story, however. But then nothing in Parsippany ever surprised me.

  4. P says:

    Giving the NJEA any more control of the Educational process would be a disaster. All they care about is getting more money and less work for their members. If they want to manage a district, open a Charter School. That would be fun to watch.

    KB – Nice try, but don’t try to twist my words. I also see you are happy with your teachers, but are you also happy with your school tax bill?

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