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by Camille Coppa
I hope you had a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable summer. I was a delegate to the NEA Retired Meeting in Washington, DC and the 95th /Representative Assembly (RA) at the Walter E Washington Convention Center Hilary Clinton’s address was among the most uplifting speeches she has given thus far as she campaigns for the presidency. The presumptive Democratic nominee was straight forward in clearly stating a vision of opportunity for American students regardless of where they live. “I want to say from the outset that I am with you, “said Clinton. “and if I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, education will have a partner in the White House - and you will always have a seat at the table, because I have this idea that when we’re making decisions about education we should actually listen to the educators. It meant so much to know that the NEA had my back in the primary. And today I’m asking for for your support in the general election” Clinton will reduce the role of standardized tests in public education because she agrees with educators that no test can measure a student’s curiosity.
The delegates at the convention sent postcards, made phone calls and identified family and friends who we will be able to convince to vote yes on our amendment come November 8. A grand total of 2, 673 postcards were sent to fellow NJEA members. Each as a reminder to vote yes on the constitutional amendment to fully fund our pension.
Once again as-we all work together for our pensions, Senate President Stephen Sweeney issued the following: A Ballot question to mandate more funding for New Jersey’s troubled pension system costing an estimated $20 billion over five years is all but dead this year. “I am not going to bend to public union leaders, Sweeney said at a State House news conference .” Senate President Stephen Sweeney has betrayed every New Jersey public employee” said Wendell Steinhauer. “ His excuses , rationalizations and shifting positions don’t change the fundamental fact that he lied”
Once again we as public employees have done our part. We never missed a pension payment. We never waited until the end of the year and then decided not to pay.
There are many challenges before us and they will still be there after the November election. You can keep informed by going on line (NJEA.org) and by reading the information given by NJEA and NJREA. Our obligation is to elect those who support us for after the election many obstacles we encounter will still be there.
In closing a happy, healthy and peaceful Autumn to you and your families.
Remember:United We Stand Divided We Fall
Camille M Coppa President BCREA
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