“I don’t like getting involved in politics.”
“Politicians are all the same.”
“I stay out of politics.”
“My vote doesn’t matter.”
“Politics doesn’t impact me.”
Do these statements sound familiar? There are some members who believe that staying out of politics is a good thing, yet the teaching profession is inundated by the political winds of many groups….not all with the best of intentions (like for profit corporations). NJEA members now pay thousands of dollars in health insurance premiums because of politics. NJEA members pensions are under threat because of politics. NJEA members must deal with PARCC and unfair standardized tests because of politics. NJEA Members must spend hours and hours on paperwork for a flawed evaluation system because of politics. If you work in a public school…whether you like it or not…politics affects you.
The NJEA PAC System has a “bottom up” approach. In Bergen County, it starts with LOCAL volunteers (both Republican and Democratic NJEA members are on the committee), who review the questionnaires and interview candidates running for office in their area. They interview candidates on their beliefs in charter schools, ESP rights, standardized testing, school funding, pensions, health insurance premiums, and more. This LOCAL Committee then makes a recommendation to the 125 Member NJEA PAC Committee, who will review the LOCAL recommendation and then discuss and vote. So when a candidate receives the NJEA/BCEA endorsement, you can trust that the endorsed candidates are the best candidates who support public schools. (Of course, it is rare to find a candidate who agrees with us 100% of the time, so sometimes the decision is which candidate agrees with us most of the time on the most important issues!)
As school employees, we may not have the money that Millionaires and Billionaires have, BUT we do have “the numbers”…the boots on the ground and one of the most effective ways we can make an impact (besides voting ourselves) is by getting others out to vote. So the BCEA is pleased to announce our BCEA Phone Bank Dates!
Local Leaders: Use this form for sign ups: