TO: email@example.com; TheRecordLetters@northjersey.com
DATE: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:59 PM
I am appalled by the NJEA’s lack of connection with it’s members. As a past active member of the NJEA, I believe the Association could have avoided the current on-going battle with Governor Christie. I do not believe the NJEA represents the majority of its members. The NJEA is merely another lobbying bully. Why doesn’t the NJEA give it’s members the vote? Whatever the issue: statewide pay freeze to avoid job cuts, vouchers, non-profit charter schools, paying into health benefits. Let the members decide their Association’s stance on the issues. Teachers wouldn’t need this so-called union if there was a statewide pay scale. Take the lowest public school teacher salary in the state, for bottom of scale, and the highest salary, for top, and divide in between up into a limited number of steps based on years of experience and highest degree earned. The annual dues aren’t worth it.
To my fellow teachers:
The Union let you down. Christie’s anti-teacher rhetoric is misdirected. No one is making the distinction between the teachers and the NJEA. Does the NJEA really represent what all you teachers believe? I don’t think the NJEA gives one hoot about members as individuals. I didn’t see one “Vote YES” ad prior to yesterday’s vote. Another bang-up job by the NJEA.
NJEA is hindering forward progress in New Jersey public schools that is well past due. The NJEA has lost its way. New Jersey public school teachers need to stand up and tell the NJEA that the times have changed.
It’s time to end tenure as we know it now. It is INSANE to keep bad teachers on the job. For every tenured teacher who half-asses their day, there are younger, cheaper, more enthusiastic teachers waiting in the wings… it’s that simple. If you currently teach, do you agree with me? Do you think it should be so hard to fire shitty teachers? If you don’t perform like you did on day one (or better) in 98% of the other jobs on planet Earth, you are let go, fired, pink-slipped, terminated. What’s wrong with that? This leads to workers performing well the majority of the time, and even trying to perform better, or out-perform others. What’s wrong with that? I’d have loved to work at a school where everyone is at 100%, 98% of the time! Getting rid of older teachers who do nothing (whose supervisors know they do nothing, but said shitty supervisors give shitty inflated observations, instead of documenting the shitty truth) will save districts millions of dollars. Districts could get 2-3 new hires for the price of an old do-nothing. Not to mention the boost to the school building’s moral.
The following is complete bullshit from the NJEA:
Mission – The mission of the New Jersey Education Association is to advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students.