June 9, 2015

Bicycle for Sale

Selling a 7-speed, black and metallic gray, 2008 women’s Gary Fisher Tiburon hybrid. It was purchased new in 2008 and has been used very little since then. All of the original Bontrager and Shimano parts are still intact and in great condition, but it could use some light cleaning/dusting off. I’m 5’6″ and it fit my height well. Includes kickstand and water bottle holder.

$250 or best offer.
Feel free to email or call for further details.

856-761-6868GaryFisherTiburon 001

January 15, 2015

Take the PARCC Event

HCEA and SCEA is hosting a Take the PARCC event for parents, community members, BOE members, legislators, administrators, teachers, well basically anyone who is interested!

Click here for the flier.  Please invite your Superintendent, Administrators, Members and PTO (or similar parent groups).  While teachers and staff cannot directly send this home to students, you can share the information to your personal friends and family in the community where you work and where you live.
Registration is required.  Tickets are FREE!  Space is limited. There are 2 dates available:
Both events will take place at Raritan Valley Community College.

May 14, 2014

CCSS/PARCC/Evaluation News

On Thursday, May 15th,  the Assembly Education Committee will be meeting to hear testimony on three bills dealing with CCSS/PARCC/Evaluation. They are:


· A-990 (Andrzejcak/McHose/Space) – Establishes Common Core State Standards Evaluation Task Force and delays use of assessments developed by PARCC until the task force submits its final report. NJEA supports this legislation.

· A-2901 (Eustace) – Prohibits any student growth percentile (SGP) from being used in a teacher’s 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 summative evaluation rating. It also delays the use of PARCC or a similar assessment in the 2014-2015 school-year. NJEA supports this legislation.

· A-3081 (Jasey) – Establishes an Education Reform Review Task Force to analyze the implementation and potential effects of the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the teacher evaluation system, and the use of PARCC assessments, and prevent the use of SGPs as part of a teacher’s summative evaluation until submission of the task force’s final report or two years from the effective date of the bill. NJEA supports this legislation.


You can help stop the madness by contacting members of the Assembly Education Committee and ask them to support these bills.

Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Chair – 908-757-1677
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman – 609-292-0500
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo – 973-450-0484
Assemblyman Angel Fuentes – 856-547-4800
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey – 973-762-1886
Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez – 201-223-4247
Assemblyman David Rible – 732-974-0400
Assemblywoman Donna Simon – 908-968-3304
Assemblyman Troy Singleton – 856-234-2790
Assemblyman Dave Wolfe – 732-840-9028

March 27, 2014

Steinhauer statement on state pension contribution

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement in regard to the state’s proposed FY2015 pension contribution:

“Since the new pension law went into effect in 2011, NJEA has carefully watched the state’s contributions to ensure that New Jersey lives up to its obligations under the law, just as pension fund members always have.  Like many others, we were surprised to see that the state had made changes to its actuarial assumptions that led to a decrease in the state’s projected contribution in the upcoming year from $2.4 billion to $2.25 billion.  We also noted the retroactive decrease from $1.68 billion to $1.58 billion in the current year’s contribution, and publicly questioned why both of those changes were made.

“Actuarially required contributions, which form the basis for determining how much the state must put into the pension system, are, by their nature, educated estimates of what is required to adequately fund the pension system.  It is not unusual to see small variations in assumptions from year to year or from one actuary to another.  However, upon close inspection, it appears that the state has begun to adopt assumptions which tend to lower its contribution while ignoring advice to adopt other assumptions that would increase the required contribution.  That is a very dangerous first step back toward the state’s irresponsible funding practices that created our pension problem in the first place.

“We believe the state’s behavior highlights the need for an independent actuary, employed by and answerable to the pension fund rather than the state, to determine each year’s required state contribution. Putting that responsibility in the hands of an independent actuary will reduce the likelihood of inappropriate political interference in the calculation of the state’s required contribution, and will help ensure that the pension funding law serves its purpose of returning the state to sound, sustainable funding practices.

“We, therefore, call on the Legislature to pass, and the governor to sign, legislation that ensures an independent, non-political process for determining the state’s required pension payment beginning in FY2016.  We also call on the Legislature and the Governor to reiterate their commitment to following the law and funding the pension to ensure the long-term stability of the system.”