United States Senator Robert Menendez and New Jersey educators discussed legislation that would insure thousands of teachers remain in our classrooms. The “Keep Our Educators Working Act” would create a $23 billion Education Jobs Fund to prevent teacher and education job losses – the fund would include more than $600 million for New Jersey teachers. The press conference was held at Memorial Elementary School in South Hackensack.
The “Keep Our Educators Working Act”, introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and co-sponsored by Senator Menendez, would bring $627,820,000 to New Jersey schools and $1,430,388,000 to New York for compensation, benefits, and other expenses necessary to retain existing employees, for the hiring of new employees to provide early childhood, elementary, secondary, or postsecondary educational and related services. It would also provide for on-the-job training activities for education-related careers.