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ARE YOU LOSING YOUR PREPS??? Are they having a “lack of sub emergency” every day? Are you NOT getting paid for your coverage? Start Respecting  the Contract.


“In case of emergency, which shall include an unavailability of sufficient per diem substitutes on a particular day, teachers in school, elementary, secondary, or special, shall be permitted during their preparation periods, if they so elect to volunteer, to substitute for an absent teacher. Any teacher performing such duties shall be compensated on the basis of one-fifth (1/5th) of the per diem substitute


Prep Periods are NOT free periods...they are periods where you, as a teacher, prepare your lessons, or for your lessons, meet with principal or his/her designee, meet with parents, or students, or other teachers (PLCs).

You need this VALUABLE time to review and prepare so you can continue to be an effective teacher.

If you have been compelled to COVER CLASSES, or LOSE PREPS for ANY reason, please complete this IMPORTANT form so the NTU can assist you in recovering your CONTRACTUALLY PROTECTED TIME

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September 28, 2016

Parents, Students, and Community Leaders,

The Newark Public Schools recently sent out a communication about their decision to close schools on Election Day, looking to blame teachers for any inconvenience that it may cause. The NPS seeks to blame everyone else for their mistakes and attempts to nullify a law that clearly states “No teaching staff member shall be required to perform his duties on any day declared by law to be a public holiday.”

Among the lies in their communication:

1) “[When presented with the calendar in June], NTU leadership raised no concerns regarding


We are pleased to announced that the Newark Public Schools has decided to respect your legal rights and will be closed on Election Day.  NPS sent out the below letter this afternoon.  I will note there is quite a bit of mislead information in the below email.

1) At that time, NTU leadership raised no concerns regarding Election Day not being observed as a holiday this year.

When NPS officials sat down with NTU leadership to discuss the calendar in June 2016, this very concern was brought up by NTU and dismissed by NPS. This issue has been raised many times as a concern of NTU, especially since


We received the following notice from Joe Amabile, a Newark Teacher and Treasurer of AFT-NJ, and felt it was important to share:


IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bill Emails

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an



1)      DYFS Update – Recently, an arbitrator put out a pretty shocking decision regarding a teacher allegedly bullying students.  Definitely something you should read and take to heart when dealing with students.

2)      NPS Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 2016       6:00 PM

Elliott Street School

721 Summer Avenue

Newark, NJ 07104

If you would like to speak at the Advisory Board  Meeting, please submit this form by 4 PM, 5 days before the meeting date!

3)      Reminder: Membership Meeting - On Monday, September 26, 2016, we will be having a membership meeting at the Newark