October 7, 2015
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Voting by Mail

Special Notes

In New Jersey, any voter can now Vote by Mail for any election.  You do not need a reason for a Vote by Mail Ballot.

  • Vote-by-Mail applications must be received at the county clerk’s office by October 27.
  • Your absentee ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 8:00 PM (close of the polls) the day of the election.
  • If you register to vote by mail, then you CANNOT vote at a live poll on election day.  So only choose to vote by mail if you are actually going to vote by mail.
  • Complete the ballot and mail it back to your county clerk.
    If you and your spouse both choose to vote by mail, you can send in the registration forms together in one envelope.  BUT YOU MUST SEND YOUR COMPLETED BALLOTS in SEPARATE ENVELOPES.

A voter may apply for an absentee ballot by completing a Vote by Mail Application and mailing the application to their County Clerk by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies of an Absentee Ballot Application since an original signature is required.

PRINT and fill out completely Vote by Mail Application.Print and sign your name where indicated. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application.Mail or deliver to your County Clerk’s office.

WARNING
This application (to register to vote by mail) must be received by the County Clerk no later than 7 days prior to the election. If you fail to meet this time period, you may come in person (or via authorized messenger if sick or confined) up until 3:00 PM the day prior to the election.

Mail or take your completed Vote by Mail Application (as per instructions above)

April 5, 2015
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Ya, it’s important, but who has time for political action?

Please, please, please, post this for our members to support this important legislation! 

Now that my personal information is on the Save Our Schools site, I just click “Submit” and my voice is heard in Trenton! (Literally takes three seconds.)

Sign up at Save Our Schools NJ


Thanks to your efforts, the four bills to limit high-stakes standardized testing passed the New Jersey Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Now it is time for the New Jersey Senate to act!  Please ask your State Senator to support these bills.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

Thank you for all that you do to protect our children and our public schools!


Testing Bills

S2768/A4190 Freezes the use of PARCC high-stakes standardized test scores for three years, to enable this experimental test to be proven effective before it is used to evaluate our children, our teachers, and our public schools. A4190 was approved by the New Jersey Assembly by a bipartisan vote of 63 Yes to 7 No, on February 23rd, 2015.

S2767/A4165 Protects students from “sit & stare” and other punitive measures imposed when their families refuse high-stakes standardized tests. A4165 was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Assembly on March 26, 2015.

S2766/A3079 Prohibits the administration of non-diagnostic standardized tests prior to 3rd grade.  A3079 was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Assembly on March 9, 2015.

S2765/A3077 Informs families of all standardized tests administered by school districts and charter schools, including their uses and costs.  A 3077 was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Assembly on March 9, 2015.

April 4, 2015
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Part 2: Pension Crisis Information

You may have heard that NJEA has met with the governor’s pension commission to talk about ways to keep the pension system solvent. While these discussions are important, NJEA will always fight for the legally required funding. That’s why we are in court. This Q&A will explain what you need to know about why and how we must fight to compel the governor and the Legislature to follow the law and fund the pensions.

March 9, 2015
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Critical Updates on Pension Issue

You’ll need to login to the NJEA website to view this video.  Use your NJEA pin number (or your email address) and the last 4 digits of your social security #.

February 17, 2015
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Take Action.

Save Our Schools NJ

Please ask the New Jersey Department of Education to cease its campaign of misinformation and intimidation against its own citizens!

CLICK HERE to take action

Numerous School Boards and Superintendents have reported that the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has engaged in inappropriate actions intended to intimidate school districts into adopting punitive policies towards children whose parents opt them out of the upcoming PARCC high-stakes standardized tests.

These actions include:

  • Threatening school districts with the loss of federal aid if less than 95% of their students participate in PARCC testing. There is no reason to believe that the US Department of Education will withhold federal aid from schools because parents refuse the PARCC tests for their children.
  • Telling school districts that poor participation rates on PARCC tests will result in poor scores on the NJ School Performance Reports that are issued by the NJDOE.
  • Suggesting that the NJDOE would punish school districts not meeting the 95% participation rate with onerous corrective action plans.
  • Telling school board members that adopting a humane refusal policy could be considered an ethics violation by the School Ethics Commission.
  • Telling school districts that they could face sanctions if it appears as if a district or a Board of Education is encouraging families to refuse taking the PARCC in any way.

These actions are intended to intimidate school districts into adopting punitive policies towards children whose parents refuse the PARCC tests.

Please CLICK HERE to ask the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to cease immediately this campaign of misinformation and intimidation against the people of New Jersey!

Thank you for all that you do to protect our children and our public schools!