TRENTON, NJ - Assemblymembers Lisa Swain (D) and Christopher Tully (D), represent Legislative District 38, which encompasses the borough of Hawthorne as its sole Passaic county municipality among Bergen county towns, were endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association PAC Operating Committee.  They were among 59 candidates running for NJ General Assembly in the November election by the union.

NJEA President Marie Blistan said in a statement, “NJEA members have seen the profound impact that political decisions have on their lives and on the lives of their students. NJEA members have always been active participants in the political process, because we care about our profession and our students. As the burden of Ch. 78 and the lack of job justice for educational support professionals (ESP) make clear, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who share our priorities and values.”

Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty said that the “NJEA is making a commitment to electing these pro-public education candidates.  We know the power of collective action, and we will be working alongside these candidates to help educate voters about the choices they have before them”

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NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller said, “Our members have taken the time to study the issues and meet with the candidates. They have endorsed candidates they feel will be the best advocates for our members and the students we serve.”

“With these endorsements, NJEA is making a commitment to electing these pro-public education candidates,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “We know the power of collective action, and we will be working alongside these candidates to help educate voters about the choices they have before them.”

The process begins with the creation of a “screening committee” in the various legislative districts.  Candidates are invited to be interviewed over the summer after submitting NJEA questionnaires, an essential step if the candidates are to have a chance at winning an endorsement.  Incumbents have their voting records scrutinized and the committees’ recommendations are passed up to the NJEA PAC Operating Committee which makes the final decision as to which candidates are officially endorsed.

Assemblymembers Swain and Tully issued a joint statement after receiving, not for the first time, the NJEA’s endorsement.  "We are honored to again be endorsed by the NJEA. We are fighting hard for our teachers and making sure our local schools have their fair share of funding. Our teachers are critical allies in our work to make our district's schools even better and more equitable for students and families."

In August, Niche, a data firm, produced its rankings of top school districts in the state, tabulating data from a number of sources, including the US Department of Education, surveys, and test scores.  Six school districts within LD38 were placed in the top 75 statewide, prompting the Assemblymembers to attribute that success to “the hard-working teachers, administrators, parents, and caretakers of District 38, and most of all to the incredible young people who attend these schools.”

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