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Conference: Impact of Lead Exposure on Students

On Friday, November 18, before the WEC Annual Awards Dinner, the Center for Health & Wellness at Princeton University and our partners at Isles will be hosting a first-of-its-kind conference, “The Impact of Lead Exposure on our Students: What Schools And Parents Can Do To Help” on the Princeton University campus. The keynote speaker of [...]

By | 2016-11-03T00:52:53+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Highlights|0 Comments

Temperature Control Petition

For decades, there has been scientific consensus that temperatures above 80 degrees produce harmful physiological effects that decrease work efficiency and output. According to the National Clearinghouse of Facilities, poor thermal conditions have also been shown to negatively impact student and teacher morale and performance. No child should have to deal with extreme classroom [...]

By | 2017-06-13T22:21:08+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Petitions|1 Comment

Urban schools need more than buildings

Fiercely opposed by a phalanx of public school advocates, even Gov. Chris Christie’s allies are decidedly tepid about his self-proclaimed “Fairness Formula,” his last-ditch attempt to finish his two terms with a bang, capping his relentless efforts to privatize, expand charters and defund New Jersey’s urban school districts. Although the likelihood of it passing is [...]

By | 2016-10-12T16:44:34+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|0 Comments

Healthy Schools Now Coalition Meeting

On September 20, more than 25 representatives from diverse labor, educational and community organizations assembled at NJEA headquarters in Trenton, NJ for the inaugural Healthy Schools Now coalition meeting of the 2016-17 academic year. Coalition meeting participants enjoyed a presentation on Governor Christie’s proposed school funding formula from Education Law Center’s managing director Theresa Luhm, [...]

By | 2016-09-22T21:18:00+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|WEC in the News|0 Comments

Why N.J. schools close when there’s sweltering heat

"With our state in the throes of knock down, drag out fights surrounding competing and different educational funding philosophies, one area of near certain agreement is that all students deserve a safe and healthy learning environment. Passing temperature control legislation and working with school districts to create common sense plans for addressing this increasingly common [...]

By | 2016-09-21T21:18:00+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|0 Comments

Privatizing Public School Custodians and Facility Management

With the average age of New Jersey's public schools at more than 50 years old and with many schools dating back to the turn of the 20th century, we are concerned that custodian privatization will have negative ramifications for the quality of our school facilities. "Investing in schools means investing in the personnel that keep [...]

By | 2016-08-15T19:20:00+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|0 Comments