AMENDMENT 1

Adopted

B-8. High School Diploma/Equivalency

Amend by addition on page 7, line 31, of the committee’s report:

…any state or district plan to use equivalency testing as the basis for qualification for a high school diploma should be developed cooperatively by classroom teachers, certified/licensed specialized instructional support personnel, administrators, and governing boards.


AMENDMENT 2

Adopted as Modified

B-46. Arts Education

Amend by deletion and addition on page 9 of the committee’s report as follows:

Line 14 …. The fine arts are defined as visual art, music, drama, dance, and media arts.
Line 15 …. These students must be taught by a licensed specialist teachers licensed in arts.


AMENDMENT 3

Referred to the Resolutions Committee

B-66. Assessment of Student Learning

Amend by deletion and addition on page 9 of the committee’s report as follows:

Line 47 …. B-66. Assessment of Student Learning and Use of Homework
Line 49 …. assessed with authentic measures, including but not limited to homework,
Line 50…. The Association supports the assignment of homework as one means of reinforcing and furthering classroom instruction and learning.
Line 51…. The Association believes that the primary purposes of assessment and homework are to—


AMENDMENT 4

Adopted

B-75. Technology in the Education Process

Amend by addition on page 11, line 11 of the committee’s report:
…. and must be directed by a certified/licensed teacher.


AMENDMENT 5

Referred to the Resolutions Committee As Modified

B-79. Communication Between Hearing and Deaf/Hard of Hearing People

Amend by addition of new paragraph as follows:

The National Education Association believes that the lack of communications between hearing and the deaf/hard of hearing has detracted from the potential of a broadly distributed group to contribute fully to our total society.

The Association recommends that instruction be given to hearing students, staff, and administrators that will help them understand the unique needs of all deaf/hard of hearing people and will help hearing students, staff, and administrators communicate with deaf/hard of hearing people.

NEA believes that children who are deaf or hard of hearing should have the legal right to American Sign Language to access education with certified American Sign Language interpreters. Children who are deaf or hard of hearing should not experience linguistic deprivation because school districts tend to hire providers of a manual communication system that is not recognized as a language.

The Association also believes that American Sign Language should be offered as a foreign/world language elective credit at both high school and college levels.

The Association further believes that educational sign language interpreters/transliterators must be qualified professionals who are licensed, state credentialed, or nationally certified.


AMENDMENT 6

Referred to the Resolutions Committee

New B. Fair and Equal Access to Technology

Amend by addition on page 11, line 51, of the committee’s report:

…is essential. Therefore, the Association believes that each student should be guaranteed access to a personal computer or equivalent electronic device both in-school and at-home. If the student cannot access a computer and connectivity, the school system should provide it for any student of limited means.


AMENDMENT 7

Adopted

New B. Social Emotional Learning

Amend by substitution on page 12, lines 7-8, of the committee’s report:

The Association supports instructional methods and adequate student support services designed to enhance and develop social emotional skills throughout the lifelong learning process.

The Association supports the utilization of evidence-based instructional methods and adequate staffing of specialized professional support personnel (school counselors, social workers, mental health workers, nurses, and/or psychologists) to provide services designed to develop and promote healthy social and emotional skills in all students for their lifelong learning process.


AMENDMENT 8

Referred to the Resolutions Committee As Modified

C-27. Physical Activity and Recess

Amend by addition on page 13, line 51, of the committee’s report:

The Association also believes that the withholding of recess as a disciplinary tool is detrimental to students and counterproductive to changing misbehavior.


AMENDMENT 9

Adopted

D-6. Teacher Preparation Programs: Content and Evaluation

Amend by addition of new letter (q) on page 16, line 29, of the committee’s report:

q. Provide teacher candidates with resources and practice opportunities to prepare for performance assessments for licensure/certification.


AMENDMENT 10

Adopted

G-3. Licensure

Amend by addition of new paragraph on page 22, line 31, of the committee’s report:

Assessments of teacher candidates should be determined by professionals who are able to observe the candidate personally and provide direct feedback regarding the performance of the candidate.


AMENDMENT 11

Defeated


AMENDMENT 12

Defeated


AMENDMENT 13

Referred to the Resolutions Committee as Modified

I-4. World Hunger

Amend by maintaining original language on page 23, lines 24-25, of the committee’s report:

…worldwide attention needs to be focused on food insecurity food security.


AMENDMENT 14

Adopted

I-46. Care of Persons with Mental Health Disorders

Amend by deletion and addition on page 25, line 53, of the committee’s report:

…. society’s responsibility to provide quality care for persons suffering from who have mental health disorders.


AMENDMENT 15

Defeated


AMENDMENT 16

Referred to the Resolutions Committee

New Resolution I

Amend by addition of New Resolution I as follows:

The National Education Association stands with our brothers and sisters in law enforcement. They are fellow public employees who provide an essential service providing a safe and secure learning environment.

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