Welcome back to another school year at our great Burlington County school districts.Let’s have a great year! For those of you, who are new to your district, welcome aboard. Let me introduce you to the rest of BCEA officers’ team. Anthony Rizzo is now 1st Vice-President. Tamara Gross has moved into the 2nd Vice-President position. Our new BCEA Secretary is Ron Koernig from Pemberton. Andrew Jacobs stays as our Treasurer and I will remain as your President. We are proud to represent you and look forward to a successful school year.
Please know that we are here to help you and to support you. We have a lot of talented veteran educators in our school districts, so don’t ever be afraid to reach out for help in your local, county or even NJEA- the state association.And last but not least, welcome to all of our veteran members. I hope you had a relaxing summer, because it’s going to be a busy year!
I don’t have to tell you that these are VERY difficult times for public education, and for those of us who chose to work in public schools.We came to that choice, by and large, because we truly CARE about children and their futures.But every day brings another news story about our so-called “failing” public schools … or the evils of tenure … or why unions are bad for public education.
I hope you have tried to keep up with the political craziness over the summer, if not here are a few highlights: Senate President Steve Sweeney refused to post the Constitutional Amendment and accused NJEA of bribery. The Presidential election is in full swing with Donald Trump on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket. NEA has endorsed Hillary and NJEA has concurred. Locally we, the BCEA have endorsed Reva Foster for Freeholder and Tom MacCarthy for Congress. These races are the focus for the November election. Check the websites of BCEA and NJEA for additional information.
In the end, most of the challenges we face are because of politicians, so we need to keepthe pressure on and continue electing pro-public education officials and keepimpacting their thinking.Our NJEA membership also makes us part of the most powerful education association in the country AND the most powerful union in the state. As members of BCEA, you are part of NJEA. We will continue to be powerful when we stay UNITED. Build a strong local team and keep up the good fight…So, as we start a new year, please stay INFORMED.
Let’s all have a great year and we look forward to seeing you at a BCEA event!