Important News

December 14, 2015
Teacher for a Day 
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Since most members of the public have not been in a classroom for many years, they may not have an accurate understanding of what schools are all about today. The Wayne Education Association is planning to illustrate the experience of teaching by letting the public “walk a mile in our shoes” through our new Teacher for a Day program.

Our guest teachers include:

  • Wayne Township Mayor Vergano who will be teaching at Wayne Valley & Hills with teachers Ken Bergen & Steve Hopper
  • Passaic County Clerk (and candidate for the NJ Senate) Kristin Corrado who will be at Schuyler Colfax with teacher Ashli Wasik (Social Studies 7th grade)
  • Wayne Township Council Member Franco Mazzei who will be at Packanack Elementary with teacher Jessica O’Heir (4th grade)
  • CBS News Anchor Alice Gainer who will be at Wayne Valley with teachers Mary Ann Gainer (English) & John Randall (TV Production)
  • Steve Rajczyk from AAA who will be at Wayne Valley working with teacher Lauren Ahlert.
  • Z100’s Danielle Monaro who will be at Theunis Dey with teacher Lauren Pici (1st Grade).
Our guest teachers will be spending Monday, May 23 working side-by-side with Wayne teachers. These guests will have the chance to actively participate in helping children learn as well as experience the many varied facets of teaching and education. Not only is classroom time shared, but also recess, hall, and cafeteria duty. We hope that seeing our schools from the other side of the desk will help the community better understand the special needs of our children and concerns of our schools and empower them to support the educational process here in Wayne.
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Check back on the website to see how this experience went!
2015 Dues Amounts
See the following attachment for the 2015 dues amounts. Dues Info

BAD BILL ALERT: (S-979 Weinberg/Kean) Infringes on right to bargain health care coverage waivers

 PENSION UPDATE
As you know, when the state failed to follow the funding schedule in c.78, NJEA filed a lawsuit.  Unfortunately, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled last June that while pension funding is necessary, the Constitution as it currently exists contains a loophole that allows the state to shirk its responsibilities and kick the problem down the road, where future taxpayers will have to pay for it at a much greater cost.
A constitutional amendment is needed to fix this loophole and create a reasonable funding schedule for future pension payments and protect the right of vested public employees to their earned pension benefits.
The required funding schedule won’t be easy.  We’re past easy solutions.  But it will work.  The Legislature has passed a balanced budget with the full required payment every year since c. 78 became law.  Now, we just need the Constitution to help achieve what everyone knows is the right thing to do!
Here are some important points that we need to make to these legislators as well as the public when discussing the constitutional amendment:
  •  This amendment is fiscally responsible.  It does not add a single cent to the state’s pension liability.  In fact, it would quickly begin to reduce that liability, providing real relief to taxpayers concerned  about the fiscal future of our state.
  •  By moving to quarterly pension payments, the state will save nearly $13 billion over the next 30 years.  This is achieved by generating $8.5 billion in additional investment income from the same contributions, while cutting the unfunded liability by $4.9 billion.  The state would be making the exact same contributions but not waiting until the very last day of each fiscal year to do it.
  •  Public employees have done their part.  They have never missed a pension payment.  They have never waited until the end of the year and then decided not to pay.
  •  With this amendment, public employees will not be receiving any new benefit.  They will not be receiving any special treatment.  They will simply receive what the state promised them and collect the pensions they have earned.
  •  This amendment is nothing radical or revolutionary.  It is  simply about following the law.  It is about  fiscal responsibility.  It is about fair treatment of the men and women who have done their part to stabilize the pension system and who just want the state to do the same.
The time is now folks. This is our opportunity and our pension.
Take action now!

Local News

Next Rep. Council Meeting

  •  June 15, 2016

Workshops

Summer Leadership

August 6-8, August 8-10, and August 10-12; if interested in attending, contact the WEA office.

Events

Teacher for a Day- May 23, 2016

Car Fair- June 8th; Wayne Valley, 5 p.m.

If you have any ideas for a workshop, please email Keriann Palmieri at the WEA office at WEAWayne@Verizon.net

If you wish to view the PCEA events and workshops, please go to the following link: http://eapassaic.org/organizer/pcea/

NJ News

Sweeney urges NJ to pass a constitutional amendment to require that the pension is funded.

See the link below for his article in The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-guest-writers/we-need-a-constitutional-remedy-for-the-pension-crisis-1.1504664

National News

The folly of using high-stakes standardized testing has finally been recognized  on the federal level and No Child Left Behind has been replaced with the Every Student Succeeds Act. This act received bipartisan support and allows individual states to decide how to measure the quality of schools.

See link below for further details.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/obama-signs-new-k-12-education-law-that-ends-no-child-left-behind/2015/12/10/c9e58d7c-9f51-11e5-a3c5-c77f2cc5a43c_story.html

 


Pension Problems

May 2, 2015

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At one time or another we have thought about it, saved for it, fantasized about it.  It’s the reward we have earned for many years of dedication to our profession: RETIREMENT. Some of us may be closer to it than others; nonetheless we all have ideas for life beyond teaching. Maybe it’s moving to a warmer climate, maybe it’s buying that quaint cabin in the woods, maybe it’s finally being able to move closer to family or friends. Any way you look at it, the idea of retirement brings about thoughts of, “the good life.”

Well, how does one achieve that, “good life”? You can save, you can invest, and as a teacher, you can count on your pension to help you achieve your dream. Or can you? Sorry to interrupt your hopes and dreams of enjoying life after you retire, but this is the time for reality to really set in. There is a good chance that by the time many of us retire, there will be no pension. Let me say that one more time. There. Will. Be. No. Pension.  The State of New Jersey has not fulfilled its obligation to make full contributions to the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) in years. All the while, members have been making their contributions in good faith. Now, this underfunding by the state could lead to the fund’s collapse by as early as 2027. That’s just 12 years away. Can you still picture your version of retirement without the benefit of your pension?

This is the time for a reality check and not the time to just hope for the best. It is the moment to act. You can join in the Great Twitter Payday Campaign where you can use social media to remind the lawmakers to make the contributions. Every 15th and 30th, NJEA members are tweeting at their legislators, at the governor and to media outlets a simple message such as, “I made my pension payment today, @NJSenatePres. Did you? #fundnjpension.” Go to http://fundnjpension.org/2015/04/07/ for more information. The contact information for all of our legislators can be found here.

In addition, there will be a meeting about our pension situation at WVHS. Details can be found in the wayneschools email that was sent to you. Please make every attempt to attend this meeting. We have all contributed our hard earned money to our pension fund. Don’t let that be stolen from us. Let’s find a way to work together so that all of us can keep our retirement dreams alive.

For more information, read the full article here.


The Countdown Begins

January 6, 2015

countdownThe countdown to 2015 has begun. Many people are preparing for celebrations and thinking about which resolution would be best for the new year. However, for most schools in New Jersey, 2015 brings about very different kinds of thoughts. These thoughts are about the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Thoughts of how to best prepare students for the new computer-based test, which is far different from the NJ ASK assessment of the past. Thoughts for how to make everything run smoothly so that all students are ready to perform at their best and are not road blocked by technological glitches. Thoughts about how the results of this assessment will impact students, teachers, and administrators.

This assessment will evaluate mathematics and language arts/literacy skills of students in grades K-12. Initially, a field test was given in spring of 2014 to a certain number of students in selected schools in order to determine the quality of test questions, training, and allow the schools to check their own readiness for the official PARCC assessment in 2015. Wayne was among the selected schools to sample the PARCC in 2014. Actual testing for all students in New Jersey is set to begin in the early spring. The goal of PARCC is to ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace.

Not everyone is on board with this assessment or the Core Curriculum content standards, which PARCC is measuring. Some parents are deciding whether or not to opt out of having their children take the PARCC. There is even more concern about passing PARCC scores eventually being one of the requirements for a high school diploma. Acting State Education Commissioner David Hespe recently released a memo to school districts to remind everyone that the state expects that the students will sit for the exams and that state law and regulations require all students to take state assessments.

Another issue that is of concern is how the PARCC results will affect teachers. This summer Governor Christie reported that the state will lessen the weight given the PARCC assessment in teacher evaluations for the next two years. Reduced from 30 percent, the weight will be 10 percent in 2015 and then increase to 20 percent in 2016.

So as the countdown begins, it brings with it many questions and concerns. However, there is one point that is certain. Teachers, staff, and administrators will do their best to make sure that students have a positive testing experience and meet with as much success as possible.

For more information, read the full articles 1, 2, 3.

For more information on PARCC, go to www.parcconline.org.


Welcome Back!

September 3, 2014

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As September rolls around three little words can be heard all over, “Back to school!” Yes, it may mark the end of the barbecue season, but for many teachers it does not signal the beginning of the school year. Preparations for the new school year begin well before the first school bell rings. For weeks staff have already been busy preparing lessons, organizing, decorating bulletin boards, and even meeting some prospective students who have come to take a look at their new classrooms.

September brings about a sense of excitement that comes with brand new start. The start of a new adventure to learning, new friendships, and new collaborations. Wayne staff members are eager to collaborate with our new superintendent, Dr. Mark Toback and assistant superintendent, Mr. Michael Ben-David.

Veteran and novice teachers alike are eager to hit the ground running and make this school year the best one yet. Surely butterflies will be felt the night before the first day of school, but those nerves will be quickly replaced by the excitement for what a new school year holds for all. Working together, we can achieve all of our goals.

Best wishes for a successful school year!

 

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Doing Something for the Community

January 17, 2014

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There is a saying, “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” The WEA couldn’t agree more! One way they are doing something for the community is by donating to various organizations. Knowing the importance of youth sports teams, the WEA has once again made donations to the Boys and Girls Club. They will sponsor their indoor soccer program, with the remainder of the donation being applied toward a dinner/dance. Dave Font of the Boys and Girls Clubs thanked the WEA for their support, “The support given by the Wayne Education Association makes it possible for the Club to keep its costs affordable for its members and insures that any child who wants to participate at the club has the opportunity to do so.”

In addition, the Wayne PAL has also received sponsorships for their basketball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse teams from the WEA. Ed Kishfy of the Wayne PAL thanked the WEA by saying, “The boys and girls of Wayne benefit greatly from the generous support the WEA has extended to our programs.”

The donations do not stop at sports programs; they extend to other groups in the community. One such organization is the Wayne Alliance. The Wayne Alliance works hard to promote healthy living and drug awareness and prevention education. In addition to a monetary donation, the WEA donated shopping bags and ponchos to their Reality Tour and Health Fair. The Reality Tour included realistic scenes that showed the consequences of drug use and a Q & A session with recovering teen addicts. At the Health Fair, people were able to “spin and win” to receive the bags and ponchos while learning important health facts along the way. According to Robbin Gulino, coordinator for the Wayne Alliance, “They enjoyed the Health Facts they learned by participating and since I have been participating in the health event, this was the largest amount of attentive attendees we have experienced.”

Booker T. Washington once said, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” The members of the WEA should be happy to know that they have supported their community and for that the community is truly grateful.


What Do Test Scores Really Reflect?

April 26, 2013

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With more and more pressure being placed on standardized tests and their scores, researchers are looking into what can skew those scores. In a recent report by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Economic Policy Institute it was revealed that inequalities in socioeconomic status result in lower test scores.

This trend of low scores in lower socioeconomic groups was noticed not only in the United States but in several countries around the world. However, the Program for International Student Assessment or PISA scores are lower for students of the United States compared to our counterparts due to a higher number of US students coming from lower socioeconomic classes.

The NEA supports exploring breaking down the inequalities and working together to help give educational opportunities to all students.

The answer to a better education for all our students may be community supports to help families rather than more testing.

To read more on this topic follow the link


WEA Donates $5,250 to PTO Food Bank

February 3, 2013
In the photo from left, are the ShopRite manager, Sean Spiller, Mayor Christopher Vergano and PTO Co-President Karen Marron.

In the photo from the left, are the ShopRite manager, Sean Spiller, Mayor Christopher Vergano and PTO Co-President Karen Marron.

As educators, we recognize that so many factors affect the students and families we help to educate.

Certainly, one of the most important pieces is ensuring that our children have basic necessities and enough to eat. Both are essential in allowing them to concentrate in school.

Therefore, the Wayne Education Association donated $5,200 to the Wayne Council of PTO’s Food Bank. This helps the food bank provide relief to the members of the Wayne community.

As proud members of the community, the WEA was eager to help those in need from Hurricane Sandy, others working through a slowly recovering economy, and some affected by repeated recent disasters.

Given our close partnership with the Council of PTO’s we became aware of the dire state of their food pantry and our members were eager to contribute.

Through a variety of collections, Sean Spiller, president of the WEA, recently presented the Wayne PTO with $5,250 for food purchases at ShopRite.


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