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Message from NEA Retired President

Still Fighting! 

 

I’ve been thinking about how most organizations are known for doing or being something, and how that notion relates to NEA–Retired.

Our members can look back with pride at careers spent helping students achieve success. But we must be just as committed to the students of today and tomorrow as we were to those we touched in the past.

A button created by Washington Education Association-Retired, says it best: “Retire From Your Position, Not Your Passion.” For me, that statement summarizes what NEA–Retired members must be known for being: people whose support for NEA’s efforts to protect public education never fades. Although we are retired, our passion for a great public education must continue to burn bright.

As for the doing, read the words of New Jersey Retiree’s Education Association President Pat Provnick describing the partnership between New Jersey’s active and retired members in the winter 2015 issue of this magazine (“A Winning Partnership”). Pat said, “We have become the daytime face of the New Jersey Education Association. We’re ready, willing and available to lobby our lawmakers, turn out for a rally or to phone bank for an NJEA-endorsed candidate.”

 Like many of our affiliates, NJREA members are showing up on the frontlines of the battle to protect public education.

In a time when many elected leaders appear to believe unions must be silenced, and teachers should be blamed for all that ails public education, our activism is more important than ever.

What are you doing? What are you being? More importantly, what are you waiting for?

--Tom Curran

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