|11-13-17 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--At AC Teachers Convention, Many Claim ‘Disconnect’ from Politics
There may not be much interest in NJEA’s costly attempt to unseat Sen. Sweeney, but Gov.-elect Murphy gets roaring welcome from crowd
With two days off from school, thousands of teachers walked the aisles in the Atlantic City Convention Center last week, collecting education swag, swapping gossip, and attending professional workshops including a pension education session and yoga classes. Though Gov.-elect Phil Murphy was scheduled to speak early Friday morning, specifically to thank the New Jersey Education Association for its support in his election, many of the educators in attendance expressed their disinterest in politics.
Carly Sitrin | November 13, 2017
Star Ledger—Op-Ed:Top Democrats to teacher union leaders: Step aside | Moran
If you are the sort to slow down at the scene of a car crash, then tap the brakes and behold the wreckage of the New Jersey Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union.
"They would be better off with new leadership, then we can start anew," Sen. Steve Sweeney, the senate president, said Friday.
"That's the best thing they could do, I absolutely agree," says Sen. Loretta Weinberg, the majority leader.
"An apology at this point is just too late," says Sen. Joe Vitale. "They should step aside."
Tom Moran| Updated Nov 10; Posted Nov 10
Star Ledger--Murphy gets hero's welcome at annual NJEA conference
At least that was the feeling inside the Atlantic City Convention Center Friday when New Jersey Education Association members gave the state's incoming governor a hero's welcome at its annual convention.
NJEA members packed the corner of the massive hall hear from Murphy and cheer him on as he vowed to fulfill his campaign promises, including fully funding public schools.
"The people of New Jersey said in a clear voice on Tuesday that they want a different direction," Murphy said.
Matt Arco| Updated Nov 10; Posted Nov 10
Education Week-- Both GOP Tax Plans Could Jeopardize School Funding, Teachers' Pocketbooks
Proposed changes to the federal tax code unveiled by Republican lawmakers at the start of this month would affect teachers' tax burden, private and charter schools, and significant amounts of funding for public schools.
Two different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act were introduced in the House and Senate this week. The bills don't represent a direct increase or decrease for federal spending on schools. However, it could affect both K-12 funding systems and educators' pocketbooks in several ways.
If the bill passes Congress and is signed into law by President Donald Trump, it would be the biggest shift to the federal tax system since 1986. Republicans are aiming to pass the legislation by the end of the year, and the House Ways and Means Committee passed its version of the legislation this week.
But the proposals face a long and potentially difficult road ahead in Congress.
Andrew Ujifusa| November 10, 2017
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