Political Action Guide: What does NJEA fight for?


To help students be successful and ensure schools have the funding they need to maintain and improve their quality,
NJEA supports:

  • Ch. 78 relief.
  • Due process rights for educational support professionals.
  • Ensuring that every school employee is directly employed by
  • the district.
  • Full-day preschool.
  • Universal full-day kindergarten.
  • Smaller class sizes, especially in earlier grades.
  • Release time for parents to attend school functions.
  • Healthy, safe and modern schools.
  • Accountability standards for all public schools.
  • Expansion of public school choice options.
  • Human and civil rights, and social, racial and economic
  • justice.
  • Ensuring schools are not for profit.
  • Ensuring public funds are used only for public schools.
  • Fair funding for economically stressed school districts.
  • Adequate state funding for regular education
  • programs.
  • Aid for facilities and debt service.
  • Funding for programs for at-risk and high-needs students.

To ensure an outstanding education for every student while
preserving a high-quality workforce,
NJEA supports:

  • A fair evaluation system that relies on multiple measures of
  • student progress.
  • Expanded opportunities and rights for educational support
  • professionals.
  • Educator-driven professional development for professional and
  • support staff.
  • Two-year, state-funded mentoring for novice teachers.
  • A defined benefit pension plan in retirement, as it is part of a
  • school employee’s compensation.
  • Collective bargaining at the local level.
  • Access to excellent health care for employees, with any premium-sharing subject to local bargaining.
  • Local control over decisions that affect schools and communities