Constitutional Amendment 1 (2016)Defeated
To include one certificated support service provider on all NEA committees except the Advisory Committee of Student Members
Article III. Representative Assembly
Section 6. Committees
All appointive bodies of the Association except the Review Board shall be designated by the term committee. A Committee on Constitution, Bylaws and Rules shall be established by the Representative Assembly. All other committees shall be established or discontinued as provided in the Bylaws. All committees except the Advisory Committee of Student Members shall be comprised of at least one (1) classroom teacher, and one (1) Education Support Professional, and one (1) certificated support service provider. There shall be a minimum of twenty (20) percent ethnic minority representation on each committee.
Article III, Section 6 of the NEA Constitution governs the creation and composition of NEA committees and requires that each committee include at least one classroom teacher and one education support professional.
NEA Bylaw 12-1(d) defines “classroom teacher” to include certificated support service providers (CSSP) by specifying that the term includes “any person who is certified, where required, and a major part of whose time is spent in direct contact with students or who performs allied work which results in placement of the person on a local salary schedule for teachers.” Educators on the teacher salary scale who do not have a home classroom base but spend most of their time in direct contact with students are included under this definition.
Under current practice, the NEA Constitutional requirement that every NEA committee have at least one classroom teacher may result in the appointment of CSSPs to NEA Committees. Constitutional Amendment 1 would not change this, as it would not alter the NEA definition of “classroom teacher.” The amendment would add a requirement that every NEA committee have at least one certificated support service provider.
NEA’s governing documents do not currently define certificated support service providers nor do NEA’s membership databases identify specific job categories such as CSSPs. If the amendment is adopted, NEA will have to define “certificated support service provider” and develop and implement a system by which to capture and track member job positions so as to identify appropriate individuals for appointment to committees. Collection and tracking of this information would require the allocation of financial and staff resources.
Betsy Jara, CA