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This week, the House of Representatives will take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Senate is scheduled to follow suit as soon the House is finished. The reauthorized law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act:
*         eliminates the adequate yearly progress requirement;*         maintains certification for paraprofessionals;*         revamps accountability to include other measures of student learning and school indicators, and allows for a pilot program for project based-assessments in lieu of standardized tests;*         authorizes funds to be used

As the year is quickly coming to a close, and we take the next few days to reflect and give thanks to a higher power for our Blessings, let's take a minute over this break to reflect upon the source that provides us the protections we still enjoy.

This needless War on Teachers, which we did not start, has taken its toll nationally and in every school building. The criminal diversion of millions of dollars meant for the school house has enriched many nameless consultants and shameless politicians.

Teachers, Aides, Clerks, and other titles, friends and family, victims of this unavoidable &


Absolute power and lack of transparency are NOT perfect together. Charter school evaluations are not shared with the public, nor are their profit/loss statements.

We all want the best possible results for our children and an education system that works for all students. Now is the time to put a temporary hold on increasing charter enrollments and study what is working and what needs improvement.

Call Sen Teresa M Ruiz (D) (973) 484-1000 and Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D) (908) 757


NTU's grievance procedure is our major weapon to ensure that all aspects of our contract are enforced. In this endeavor, your first line of defense in effective contract enforcement is your NTU Building representative. Your NTU representative is charged with enforcing the contract, protecting the rights of their co-workers, and continuing the collective bargaining process between the union and management on a daily basis. The NTU building representative does not have to witness the event or actions that form the basis for the filing of the grievance. 

Definition of a grievance - According to



1)      Lafayette Street School - The NTU has followed through in suing the administrative staff at Lafayette School personally.  NPS administrators can not be allowed to use Teach NJ and Achieve NJ as weapons to destroy the careers of hard-working decent professionals. 

2) December Membership Meetings – We are working on scheduling regional membership meetings before the Winter Break.   More information to come as soon as the dates and locations are finalized.

3)      November Advisory Board MeetingThe November Advisory Board meeting has been moved to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 @ East


Thanks to our colleagues at AFTNJ for sending this information over to us!





Union Plus Scholarship Program

For over 20 years the Union Plus Scholarship program has been making annual college scholarship awards to union family members. In total we’ve awarded more than $3.7 million in educational funding to more than 2,500 union members, spouses and dependent children.

Student debt is a larger issue than ever before, especially for union families.

Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or