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It starts here;
If you’re the parent of a New Jersey public school student, then this week marks your annual quality time bonus. As all parents know, schools close down the first Thursday and Friday in November so that, as inscribed in N.J. statute 18A:31-2, any “full-time teaching staff member of any board of education of any local school district or regional school district or of a county vocational school or any secretary, or office clerk” can “attend the annual convention of the New Jersey Education Association” and “receive his whole salary for the days of actual attendance upon the sessions of such convention.”
It’s a tradition, dating back ninety-one years ago, vintage 1923, when the State Legislature gifted the union with a two-day holiday for professional development, networking, and camaraderie. Mothers were home anyway, right? A century later NJEA’s website still exults, “Discover, Uncover, Enjoy!” and “You paid your dues. You get into Convention!”
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