Dear LAURA,

Good news! You spoke and New Jersey listened. In recent weeks, nearly 10,000 NJEA members emailed Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan to explain why standardized testing would be harmful and pointless this spring.

Today, Gov. Murphy announced that the state will submit a standardized testing waiver request to the US Department of Education. Not only that, but Gov. Murphy pledged that $1.2 billion in new federal funding will be directed to New Jersey districts to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of our students as we work to emerge from this global pandemic.

It’s an outcome that shows what happens when we come together to demand change. As a union we are as strong as our members. Today, we showed how strong we are.

But the work isn’t done. While we continue to work with the administration to prioritize educators for vaccine access, we all still need to keep up the pressure. More than 12,000 NJEA members have already written to Gov. Murphy to make the case for treating us as the essential workers we are.

Please take a few minutes right now to email Gov. Murphy and ask him to make our schools safer by prioritizing educators for vaccine access.

Our advocacy matters. When we work together, we accomplish great things for our students, our colleagues and our profession. Thank you for all you have already done, and all you are going to do to help keep our schools the best in America.

In solidarity,

Marie Blistan, President
New Jersey Education Association

Sean M. Spiller, Vice President
New Jersey Education Association

Steve Beatty, Secretary-Treasurer
New Jersey Education Association