January 20, 2017
Over the past few weeks I have been speaking with local and 15th district elected officials regarding the illegal appointment of the now Acting Superintendent. Again, we object to the process, which was illegal. First, there was no vacancy for an Assistant Superintendent. Secondly, the rights of members holding School Administrator Certification were violated as per our contract. If you hold this certificate, please call the TEA office to let us know.
As you may know, Trenton City Council stands with us on this issue as does Senator Shirley Turner. We need an interim superintendent that is familiar, experienced in urban education and able to lead us in substantive improvements within the Trenton Public Schools district.
On January 12, 2017, I wrote a letter to Les Richens, the State Fiscal Monitor objecting to the violations, who responded that our concerns can be adjudicated in other forums and that he would not overturn the Board’s action. We will not stand by and allow the Trenton Board of Education to violate our rights. Therefore, an Unfair Labor Practice has been filed.
It has been the top priority of this current board of education under Jason Redd’s leadership to break the Trenton Education Association and cause divisiveness among our members. This form of anti-unionism is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. We stand with the community in the need to have board members who are responsive to community leaders, students, parents and teachers. If you have not already done so, we need you to sign the petition to recall Jason Redd (https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/recall-jason-redd). We must send a strong united message to Mayor Eric Jackson not to consider Jason Redd for reappointment when his term ends in May.
If it were not for the watchful eye of the Trenton Education Association, this district would now be strapped with one of the flawed finalist from last April’s superintendent search. We will continue to sit guard to ensure that you, our students, parents, community and taxpayers get a qualified educational leader that our capital city deserves.
Now is the time to stand united. Please plan to attend the board meeting on Monday evening at 5:30 PM. Please wear red.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
August 19, 2016
Dear Trenton Educators,
Can you believe it? Another summer has almost come to an end. I hope that you’ve had an enjoyable and restful break, and are preparing yourselves for our fast approaching school opening. District leadership has prepared professional development activities on September 1st and 2nd. You will however, have Tuesday, September 6th to yourselves to set up your classrooms.
This has been another busy summer at TEA. We have been addressing a wide range issues, many in the legal realm to advocate for the rights of our members.
Some of you have completed professional development and coursework throughout the spring and summer months. You can be compensated across the guide for every 30 credits (or 300 PD hours) that you complete. To complete the process you must fill out the attached TEA Salary Adjustment/Supermaximum Increment Form and submit it with the required documentation to the Human Resources Office. If you have taken enough PD, courses, or earned a Masters degree to qualify to move across the guide, take time next week to get your paperwork in order. Please be mindful that the district is asking that forms be time stamped in HR by September 5th, in order to be compensated retroactively for the October 15th payroll.
The 2016 layoff of speech specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and paraprofessionals have left our special education and inclusion teachers in an uncertain situation. I am asking that you request student IEPs at the September 1st PD. Please get to know your students and the supports written in their IEPs. If for any reason, your students are not assigned 1-on-1s, are not receiving related services, or you are not assigned a paraprofessional, please let TEA know immediately by emailing me or calling the office at 609-396-0016. This district has outsourced the jobs of our members and TEA stands prepared to challenge them on all special education violations.
The battle for the state to fully fund our pensions is ongoing. Please visit www.njea.org to be better informed.
Please enjoy the rest of your break and Labor Day weekend. I look forward to seeing all of you soon and wish you a successful school year.
Yours in Education,
Naomi Johnson-Lafleur, President
Trenton_ed Photos from the Rally for Equity in Funding
Rallying for Equity in Funding https://t.co/HUkWtyx8FT
5/15/16, 2:36 PMClick for the Trentonian article and Bob Braun’s blog about yesterday’s rally.
2016 Trenton Education Association Distinguished Service Award
Celebrating our retiree and our Distinguished Service Award recipients, Talithea ReneeandRon Sanasacat the final Delegate Assembly and End of the Year cookout. Thank you, First VP Twanda Taylorfor the great photos! Click here for more photos.
Trenton Education Association’s
ANNUAL FAST CELEBRATION FOR CANCER SURVIVORS 4-4-29-2016
Clickherefor more photos.
Visit ourProfessional Development pagefor
upcoming workshop information.
On behalf of the TEA Professional Development Committee
Crystal Smith, Chair
Visit our Elections Committee page for results from the Emergency General Membership meeting held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School.
Len Mitnaul, 2016 Election Chairperson
Dana Oliver, ex officio
Visit our Social Committee page for
upcoming February Social (new date).
On behalf of the TEA Social Committee
Talithea Briggs, Chair
Visit our Membership Committee page for
important dues information.
On behalf of the TEA Membership Committee
Dana Oliver and Dawn Howlen, Co-Chairs
Visit our Government Relations Page to get the latest LAT Review:TEA Legislative Action TeamRobin Hall, ChairLouellen Smith MonardChris Werner
Progressive Science Initiative (PSI), Documenting Our Journey!
The TEA Association-led PSI/PMI initiative continues to flourish as the number of students making honor roll has quadrupled and students are well on their way to be prepared for AP and Honors leveled courses. Click here (http://youtu.be/2tNokc0ub1A) to see a video highlighting the continued success of the program
Need Help? Who Are You Going to Call?
Click here to find out which TEAm Leader you should call for your concerns.
Attention New Hires
If you have prior work experience, the Human Resource Department needs verification from your previous district(s) in order for you to have your salary adjusted. The following process must be followed:
1) Complete and sign a Verification of Professional Experience Form at Human Resources. You must have the name and address of the previous district(s), phone number, fax number, and contact person’s information in order to complete the form.
2) Trenton’s Human Resources Department will mail the Verification of Professional Experience Form to your old district(s).
3) Your old district(s) complete, notarize and mail the Verification of Professional Experience Form back Pam Owens at the Trenton Public School’s Human Resource Department.
4) Once received, the completed form will be reviewed in HR and you will be placed on the Board Agenda for approval of credit for previous work experience.
It is important that you do this as soon as possible, so that you will be retro’d back to your date of hire.