To create a new membership category of “Community Ally” and charge the NEA Board of Directors with establishing the dues, benefits, and services for such members, while preserving NEA governance positions for education professionals and active equivalents.

Action: Deemed to Have Failed

*Amendment will not be implemented in accordance with Standing Rule 5.B.2., which states, “A proposed amendment to the Bylaws which is dependent upon adoption of a proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be deemed to have failed unless the proposed amendment to the Constitution is adopted.”

Bylaw 2. Membership
2-1. Categories.

a. There shall be six (6) seven (7) categories of membership in the Association: Active, Student, Retired, Substitute, Reserve, Community Ally, and Staff.

g. Community Ally membership shall be open to any person who demonstrates support in advancing the cause of public education, advocates for the mission, vision, and core values of the Association, and is not eligible for any other membership category. The NEA Board of Directors shall establish the dues, benefits, and services for such members, including the qualifications and application process for such membership. Community Ally members shall not have the right to vote, nominate candidates for elected office, or hold elected or appointed positions within the Association.

2-7. Membership Dues.

l. Dues of Community Ally members shall be established by the Board of Directors.

Impact Statement

Bylaw 2-1. establishes six categories of membership in the Association – Active, Student, Retired, Substitute, Reserve, and Staff.  If adopted, the amendment would create a seventh membership category for Community Ally.

The amendment defines Community Ally membership as open to any person who demonstrates support in advancing the cause of public education, advocates for the mission, vision, and core values of the Association, and is not eligible for any other membership category.  It also directs the Board of Directors to establish the dues, benefits, and services for Community Ally members, including the qualifications and application process for such membership.  Community Ally members would not have the right to vote, nominate candidates for elected office, or hold elected or appointed positions within the Association.

Article IX, Section 4 of the NEA Constitution provides that amendments to the NEA Constitution and Bylaws take affect at the beginning of the fiscal year following their adoption unless otherwise provided in the amendment.  Thus, if adopted by the 2018 Representative Assembly, the new membership category would become effective on September 1, 2018.  However, the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules notes that there will, by necessity, be a lag time in implementation, as the Board will need to adopt the required guidelines, and staff will need to develop appropriate materials and administrative practices. Full implementation and enrollment of new members could, therefore, take up to a year.

Standing Rule 5.B.2. states that a proposed amendment to the Bylaws, which is dependent upon adoption of a proposed amendment to the Constitution, shall be deemed to have failed unless the proposed amendment to the Constitution is adopted.  Passage of this Bylaw amendment is dependent on adoption of Constitution Amendment 1, which would open NEA membership to public education allies while preserving NEA governance positions for education professionals and active equivalents.  Thus, if Constitutional Amendment 1, which needs a two-thirds vote to pass, fails, this Bylaw amendment will also be deemed to have failed regardless of the actual vote on the Bylaw amendment.

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Eric Brown - IL