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September 28, 2015
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F.L.E.A. P.R.I.D.E. Pumpkin Decorating Event


F.L.E.A. sponsored a pumpkin decorating event for all Fort Lee children grades K-3 and their families on October 25, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 P.M.. This was a huge event and many volunteers contributed to help. The event was held at the Fort Lee Recreation Center.

Chrissy DeLuca & Rachel (Smith) Ventrella (P.R.I.D.E. co-chairs)

January 13, 2015
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FLEA Treasurer Joins TPAF Board of Trustees


Howard Lipoff

Howard Lipoff

Howard D. Lipoff, treasurer of the Fort Lee Education Association (FLEA), has started a three-year-term on the Board of Trustees of New Jersey’s Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF). His first meeting was January 8th.

“I am very excited to begin my term on the board of trustees,” Lipoff said. “I feel that the pension fund is essential for the long term security of teachers in New Jersey. I will do my best to represent the hard working people who are members of the fund.”

Lipoff is one of three trustees elected from the TPAF membership. Of these three, Lipoff is the only one currently teaching; the other two are retirees.

Each member-trustee must work in or have retired from a different group of counties.  Lipoff is from “Group A” which comprises Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.

“We are pleased and honored to have our own FLEA representative elected to the pension board,” said FLEA President Bruna Caplabo. “This will give us more information about what is going on in Trenton.”

A third-grade special-education teacher at Fort Lee’s School #1, Lipoff has long been a critic of the state’s failure to adequately fund the pension system. He is currently chairman of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Pension Policy Committee. In his role as a member of NJEA’s Government Relations Committee, Lipoff has lobbied for budgets that include full payments to the pension system. He also criticized moves to weaken pension benefits to new members.

Lipoff started teaching in Fort Lee in 1997 and worked at the district’s high school for 14 years before being transferred to School #1 in 2011. This is his fifth year serving as FLEA’s treasurer. From 2005 to 2010, Lipoff was the vice president of FLEA.

The Fort Lee educator is also active with the union on the county level. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Bergen County Education Association.

“I have been a strong believer in the need for unions all my adult life,” Lipoff said. “Unions are essential in providing rights to workers and, in the area of education, are the driving force for quality public schools.”

November 21, 2014
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Fort Lee trustees get earful from teachers over stalled contract talks


Teachers on Monday night [Nov. 17] lambasted school district officials, accusing them of delay tactics and not negotiating in good faith, as teachers were ending their 565th day of working under an expired contract.

Many held signs, demanding “Settle now” and saying “Enough is enough!”

Read full article.

September 15, 2014
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American Teachers Spend More Time In The Classroom

American Teachers Spend More Time In The Classroom Than World Peers, Says Report

June 10, 2014
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NJEA, other unions, file pension lawsuit.

Hold Christie accountable for required funding

NJEA, in conjunction with other public employee unions, has filed suit against Governor Chris Christie and Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff to prevent Gov. Christie’s proposed pension raid in the current and upcoming fiscal years.  On May 20, Christie issued an executive order announcing his intention to violate the funding requirements of Chapter 78, the 2011 pension law that he championed and signed. Superior Court Assignment Judge for Mercer County Mary Jacobson has agreed to hear arguments on an expedited schedule due to the urgent nature of the case.

Read more about the lawsuit.

Read NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer’s op-ed piece.

May 22, 2014
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Christie drives NJ into ditch.

New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie’s plan for New Jersey’s budget crisis:Christie2

“Someone needs to call 911. Gov. Christie has officially driven New Jersey into a ditch.

“Gov. Christie’s reckless policies have left him with no viable solution to his budget crisis. Gov. Christie’s plan will make our fiscal situation even bleaker, with more credit downgrades likely and future deficits worsened. Gov. Christie built a house of cards that is now collapsing upon New Jersey’s taxpayers.

“It’s notable that Gov. Christie is once again targeting the middle-class by delaying pension payments, while continuing to protect millionaires. It’s time for Gov. Christie to put his catchphrases aside and get a grasp on reality. He has no plan for funding needs such as transportation, education, open space and college affordability, and now he is pushing costs onto future generations while proposing more than 30 tax and fee hikes. Gov. Christie, quite simply, has concocted an economic disaster for New Jersey.”

May 14, 2014
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I Hate Hamlet

I Hate Hamlet

The Fort Lee High School Academy of Theatre Arts in association with the Fort Lee Film Commission is putting on a production of Paul Rudnick’s hysterical comedy “I Hate Hamlet” this weekend.

Showtimes are:  Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17  at 7pm, and Sunday May 18 at 2pm.

Admission is $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults. The students would appreciate seeing you all there.  Thank you so much for your support of our program.

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January 23, 2014
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NJEA wins right to bargain 5-year contracts

NJ StatehouseIn a major victory for all members, Gov. Chris Christie has signed NJEA legislation that will allow school districts and their employees to negotiate contracts for a term up to five years in duration.

“This is a great win for NJEA members because it will give them more options when bargaining their contracts,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer.

“Over the years, we’ve seen some school districts and their employee representatives participate in lengthy contract negotiations, sometimes lasting years into the new contract period and giving neither side any break between contract negotiations,” said Steinhauer. “This bill will provide some relief to not only our bargaining teams but to communities who often feel the stress of protracted negotiations.”

The bill – S-1127 – passed both houses with broad bipartisan support, and provides NJEA members with the contract flexibility currently enjoyed by other public sector workers like police, fire, state workers, and probation officers, none of whom have a limit on the length of their contracts.

Steinhauer publicly thanked the bill’s sponsors: Sens. Linda Greenstein (D), Jim Whelan (D),  and Assemblymen Patrick Diegnan (D), Tim Eustace (D), and Benji Wimberly (D).

“This is a law with broad public appeal,” he said, “because it may yield considerable savings by districts, as attorney fees and other bargaining costs will be minimized when longer contract terms are negotiated.”

January 13, 2014
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FLEA responds to ‘Bridgegate’ remarks.

 En español

The Fort Lee Education Association is deeply offended by the disparaging remarks made about our students by David Wildstein, the childhood friend of Governor Chris Christie who worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. When members of the Christie Administration callously created a traffic nightmare in our community, Mr. Wildstein wrote that Fort Lee’s youth are “the children of Buono voters” so there was no problem with them being stuck in gridlock and late to school.

The more than 400 teachers and Educational Support Professionals who belong to the Fort Lee Education Association come to work daily to equip these children for their future. Our only mission is to provide the best possible education for our students every school day. We never judge our students based on the politics of their parents, because their education is our only concern. For Mr. Wildstein, though, they were nothing more than acceptable collateral damage of a politically-motivated attack on our community.

This is not the first time Fort Lee schools have been attacked by the Christie Administration. Several years ago, the governor made deep, harmful cuts in state aid to our district. Fort Lee High School students protested in the street as they saw the damage being done to their school. Unfortunately, Governor Christie did not listen to the pleas of the students, so valuable educational programs were eliminated and members of the Fort Lee Education Association were sent to the unemployment line.

Even though Governor Christie came to Fort Lee to apologize for the traffic nightmare intentionally created by his administration, the fact is he has fostered an environment in his administration of hostility toward public schools and the people who work in them. He is part of a movement that promotes the corporate privatization of schools. Students are seen as commodities to help private companies increase profits. Mr. Wildstein’s remarks exemplify the true contempt this administration has for New Jersey’s public school students.

We recall when Governor Christie came to Fort Lee High School two years ago to appear on a television program and promote his educational policies. He did not speak to the students or members of the Fort Lee Education Association. That was indicative of the attitude in the Christie Administration, where promoting the governor’s image was more important than listening to the people who spend their lives in public schools. That same attitude is what allowed Mr. Wildstein to think that it was acceptable to make such despicable remarks about our students as they sat stuck in traffic instead of being in their classrooms learning.

Mr. Wildstein owes a personal apology to the students whose education he disrupted and whose value he denigrated with such callous indifference.

Click HERE to see The Record story.


January 7, 2014 Comments Off on Music Integration a big hit at School #1.

Music Integration a big hit at School #1.

FLEA congratulates music teacher Carl Faust and his colleagues at Fort Lee School #1, who were featured on Classroom Close-up, NJ, NJEA’s TV program about the great things happening in New Jersey’s public schools. In case you were unable to see the show when it aired, you can click here to see the segment on line.  The story is entitled “Music Integration.”

The producers  selected this story because they found that it made an impressive, persuasive statement about the success of public education in Fort Lee, and in New Jersey.

Great things are happening in our public schools.