Welcome to a new school year Burlington County! I would like to reflect for a minute…as we have had some trying times recently as well as some very exciting hopes for our future. All of us have been affected in one way or another by the recent election. We are very excited to know there will be change coming with the election this fall.
I look forward to helping make this change by voting for our endorsed candidates on November 7th. Elections have consequences and we have been living with these consequences for too long. No candidate is perfect, but it is our chance to pick the ones that will help our profession and support a strong educational community for our future. Inside this BCEA Bulletin, you will find information on the BCEA endorsed candidates. I hope that you had the opportunity to meet some of them at one of the recent BCEA events and had a chance to speak to them about your concerns. I would also like to thank the members who helped with the campaigns and joined us in this effort. This has been an outstanding effort, by many of you, to make this happen. Thanks to all of you who have come to the county office to make phone calls, do the lit drops, and going out to vote. Thanks!
I do have to mention one of the most important races this year, the governor’s race. The NJEA PAC committee endorsed Phil Murphy in the primary election and continues to support him as our next governor. I have had the privilege to speak to Phil in person and he has impressed me each time with genuine caring and motivation to help us make our profession the one we deserve and have earned. Please read the facts about Ambassador Murphy. You will be impressed. Make sure you go vote and help us take back our profession and move this state back to a better place.
All of us have weathered the difficult transition into our new evaluation system. We have suffered the pain of Chapter 78 with the reduction of our take-home pay. All of us have made the best out of PARCC testing. I too have suffered the consequences of the mSGP scoring. We have fought off privatization for our many ESP groups in Burlington, but it continues to be a threat in many districts. I am extremely proud of the outstanding job all of local associations in Burlington County are doing and continue to do. Phil Murphy has promised to work with us to start fixing the major concerns we have. Make sure we give him that opportunity.
Please stay informed and continuing doing the great jobs that you do. More information is available at our website: www.bceanjea.org or at the NJEA website: njea.org. Your local presidents, along with UniServ, have been working hard in supporting these efforts so we continue providing the best education available to our students.
Have a safe and happy 2017-18 school year! Remember to VOTE on November 7th!
Proud to be your County President,
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