Welcome to 2016 Burlington County! January 11th was a very busy day for us the educators of Burlington and the whole country…Trenton was abuzz with the release of the revised/reviewed standards out of the Department of Education, the state house voted on the constitution amendment to fund our pensions and earlier in the month the ESEA was reauthorized as ESSA.
I would like to talk to first about ESSA-Every Student Succeeds Act. NEA’s priorities are threefold:
- Elevate the voices of educators in the policymaking process.
Decouple standardized testing from high stake decisions
Create an “opportunity dashboard” to help close opportunity gaps in needy schools
Based on these measures, ESSA has the potential to be a game-changer for all of us. Please use this link to get the information that you and you fellow educators will need to move ESSA forward effectively in our schools: http://www.nea.org/essabegins For more information, go to the NEWS tab on our website.
The second thing I need to address is the legislative work needed to fund our pension this …please go to http://fundnjpension.org/take-action/ Please use the NJEA website to keep up to date and to continue the great work that you the members are doing. http://www.njea.org
If you wish to get involved please talk to your local president and sign up for the BCEA Overnight Training Workshop in April. We are at a new venue this year and are offering some new and interesting workshops. This should prove to be our best Overnight Workshop. More information is available at our website: www.bceanjea.org where all available workshops and materials are located.
The last thing I wish to talk about is the BCEA elections that are this spring. You can choice to “go electronic” this year or you can still get a ballot by mail. Please watch for your election ballot in the mail Electronic voters must register to receive the link for voting. We will be sending the BCEA Bulletin out in March where you will find all the candidates’ information so you can make your choices. Please remember to vote for the members that will represent your interests at BCEA.
Stay informed and continuing doing the great jobs that you do and I look forward to 2016 being the best year ever!
Thank you for all you do!