Happy Spring Burlington County! The flowers are blooming, birds are singing and county elections are here. I hope you have put strong local teams in place and are gearing up for a successful end of the school year. Please stay informed about the issues and if you don’t know who to support in any election ask your local leaders for information and advice on candidates who are good choices. This rings true in all elections be it National, State, County or Local.
You all have worked hard on creating an outstanding educational environment for all our students in Burlington County. I am honored to be part of the Burlington County education community and to represent all of you as the president of the BCEA. But our job is not complete; we still have a few obstacles that we have to overcome such as:
- Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind – now called ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)
- Teacher evaluations still attached to standardized tests (10%) for Math and Language Arts teachers grades 3-7. No SGO scores yet as of this going to print.
- Testing and regulation changes
- Passing the Constitution Amendment to take care of the pension.
I am sure all of you are keeping a close watch on these issues as they continue to change and develop across the state and country. Take time to talk with your families, the members of the communities in which you work and live, and your local leaders, let them know what you do in your schools and all the wonderful things that go on in our great public schools. We are making strides to change the negative environment that is out there, keep up the good work. Stay tuned; over the next few months, there will be a job for each and every one of you in preparation for the upcoming fall elections. This can be our biggest win/battle yet.
As always, keep up the good fight for our great Burlington County Schools and thank you for all that you do for the children and families of Burlington County.
Please make an effort to come out and enjoy the many functions and events held by BCEA for our members. Become part of the county structure. We would love to talk with you and will continue to grow with our members, in order to keep Burlington County strong and unified in our fight for great public schools and the school communities that we serve. If you want to know more feel free to call us at (609) 871-2232. All the officers of BCEA look forward to seeing you at the next event and please vote in the upcoming BCEA election. Please read about the candidates, vote, and mail your ballots back to NJEA. Also, thanks to those that are trying out the electronic ballot.
Proud to continue as your County President,