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NJEA: Stop Whining – Lower Property Taxes Help New Jersey’s Children

July 13, 2010

NJEA President Barbara Keshishian


It certainly did not take NJEA President Barbara Keshishian very long to crank up the fear mongering propaganda.  Shortly after the Assembly passed Cap 2.0 legislation yesterday the NJEA leader issued a press statement filled with the usual unsupported sky is falling propaganda.  We have come to learn what Keshishian says is not really what she means.  As a service to our readers and concerned property tax payers in New Jersey we’ll translate her press release.   

Her statement starts,   

“This is a devastating day for children and public education in New Jersey….”   

The statement fails to outline how our children will be hampered, however, she notes endless funding for lavish benefits and pay increases that far exceed the rate of inflation may be in trouble.   

When she says,   

“On the heels of more than $1.3 billion in cuts to public education, the Legislature and the governor have put an ill-conceived and shortsighted policy in place that will prevent our public schools from ever climbing out of the hole that has been dug for them by the state.”   

She really means … it was totally unfair that the mean governor forced school boards to use tax payer money that they had been hoarding to help close an 11 billion dollar budget deficit.  That taxpayer money was squirreled away for when we need it not for a budgetary crisis such as the one Jon Corzine gave us.   

Keshishian goes on to say,   

“This two percent cap has no basis in reality. It is lower than the historic rate of inflation, which means that in terms of real dollars, local school funding will decrease each year.”   

What she means is …. the past pay raises that far exceed the rate of inflation that NJEA scored with the help of Corzine, McGreevey and a Democratically controlled Senate and Assembly may be gone forever.  The only thing that has “no basis in reality” is her union’s demand on property tax payers given the economic climate we face.  Do NJEA members have a 10% unemployment rate like the rest of New Jersey?   

She continues,   

“It contains no exception for many rising costs faced by districts, including the cost of special education. There is no exception for rising energy costs, which can be very volatile. There is no exception for shortfalls in state aid, as districts are experiencing this year. As costs outside of districts’ control continue to increase, funding will not follow. Services will decline even as local property taxes continue to increase.”   

And this means the union and its leadership will have to live in the same world as the rest of us.  When energy prices rise everyone needs to tighten their belt.  I guess working to do more with less is not something  Keshishian and her leadership plan to do.   

Lastly she quips,   

“In September, parents and students will begin to see the consequences of this governor’s slash-and-burn approach to school funding. Class sizes will be larger, courses will be eliminated and programs will disappear.”  

Unfortunately, the last sentence  may be true unless the NJEA leadership reforms the way it approaches funding education and where its priorities lie.  If it is truly “about the children” then I’m sure increased class size and course and program elimination will not be t he result.  Again, our governor was clear everyone needs to do more with less.   

I admire and respect the numerous public school teachers I know.  Most are hard working and dedicated professionals.  I have said it many times in the past it’s not the teachers in the classroom but the union leadership that is the problem.  However, when NJEA leadership puts out a press release like they did yesterday it diminishes the credibility of teachers across New Jersey.  That is truly unfortunate.    

If the NJEA is serious about making meaningful education reform to truly benefit the children then lets work together.  The next time an administrator like Cherry Hill’s David Campbell gets a $277,000 contract (not including fringe and other benefits) lets work together to oppose this abuse which ultimately hurts the children.  We stand ready to work with you to oppose the re-election of any elected official who in any way voted in favor of Mr. Campbell’s contract.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. LeedsDevil permalink
    July 14, 2010 6:27 am

    “And this means the union and its leadership will have to live in the same world as the rest of us.”

    OH…have you got this right! And Keshishian and her union cronies are fighting tooth and claw to keep their lavish paychecks/benefits intact! Reality tells us that she isn’t really all that concerned about it being “…a devastating day for children and public education in New Jersey…”…SHE’S concerned that union membership will want their dues to drop to reflect their lowered pay increases, thus hurting her where she lives…her purse!

    I am hopeful that the rank and file teachers do not allow her to take them off the proverbial cliff like Lemmings, pursuing that which is now unsustainable: “…the past pay raises that far exceed the rate of inflation…”

    Yo, Barbara…we hear ya…we just are able to read between the lines. We know you think we are stupid…but we know what YOU are up to.

  2. Danny permalink
    July 17, 2010 11:07 pm

    If it was only fear mongering, I’d be ok with it. This lady is a charlatan. NJ has the highest freaking tax rates in the nation because of leaches like her. Chris Christie should propose a 20-30 percent wage cut across the state, and for those unwilling to take it, simply fire them. We dont need this BS any longer. If you dont like it, than get the hell out of the state but we cannot and will not continue to waste our money on leaches like you.

  3. Paul permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:04 am

    She’s a dumb bitch

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