Bylaw Amendment 2 Adopted
To replace the word student with the term “Aspiring Educator” when referring to student members.
Bylaw 2. Membership
a. There shall be six (6) categories of membership in the Association: Active, Student Aspiring Educator, Retired, Substitute, Reserve, and Staff.
c. Student Aspiring Educator membership shall be open to any student Aspiring Educator (i) who is enrolled in a postsecondary program that is preparatory for employment in a position that would make him or her eligible for Active membership or (ii) who is serving as chairperson of the NEA Advisory Committee of Aspiring Educators Student Members. A student An Aspiring Educator who is eligible for Association membership in both the Student Aspiring Educator and Active membership categories may, with the approval of the Executive Committee, join the Association as a Student an Aspiring Educator member. Student Aspiring Educator members shall be eligible to be voting delegates at the Representative Assembly. Student Aspiring Educator members shall maintain membership in the state affiliate provided the affiliate has a membership category for student Aspiring Educator members.
2-7. Membership Dues.
c. The Association shall allow credit to first-year Active members who join the Association during their first year of membership eligibility, the reduction of their dues being twenty dollars ($20) per year for each year of their membership in Student Aspiring Educator NEA and/or for each year of their NEA Student Aspiring Educator membership up to four (4) years. The first-year Active member shall provide proof of membership in Student Aspiring Educator NEA to be eligible for credit, and the Association shall verify NEA Student Aspiring Educator membership.
g. Annual dues of Student Aspiring Educator members shall be established by the Representative Assembly in the program budget.
n. …The annual membership dues of Student Aspiring Educator members of the Association, as established pursuant to Bylaw 2-7.g., shall include one dollar ($1.00) to be allocated to the Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises and Media Campaign Fund.
Bylaw 3. Representative Assembly
3-1. Allocation of Delegates.
d. Except as otherwise provided in Bylaw 3-1.k., each state affiliate shall be allocated one (1) delegate credential for the first fifty (50) Student Aspiring Educator members of the Association. The state affiliate shall receive a second credential when Student Aspiring Educator membership in the state reaches seven hundred fifty (750) and an additional credential for each five hundred (500) Student Aspiring Educator members thereafter. The allocation shall be on the basis of Student Aspiring Educator membership in the Association as of March 15 of the calendar year in which the Representative Assembly convenes.
3-13. Committee Appointment, Qualifications, and Vacancies.
a. …The chairperson of the NEA Advisory Committee of Student Aspiring Educator Members shall recommend student Aspiring Educator candidates for committees.
Bylaw 5. Board of Directors
a. … Student Aspiring Educator directors shall be elected by duly elected student Aspiring Educator delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.
d. Terms of the directors shall be staggered except for student Aspiring Educator directors.
…Recommendations to fill vacancies in the office of retired or student Aspiring Educator director shall be made by the NEA-Retired Executive Council or the Advisory Committee of Student Aspiring Educator Members respectively. Vacancies shall be filled by the Board of Directors when in session, or when not in session, by the Executive Committee.
5-6. Alternate Directors.
a. (i) A state or the retired or student Aspiring Educator delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly may elect an alternate director to serve in the place of a state or retired or student Aspiring Educator director, as the case may be, who is unable to attend a meeting of the Board of Directors. The number of alternate directors need not equal the number of directors in a state or representing NEA-Retired or the number of student Aspiring Educator directors, but in no event shall any alternate director be designated to substitute for more than one (1) director at a meeting.
d. Prior to the opening of a Board meeting, the president of the state affiliate or the president of NEA-Retired or the chairperson of the NEA Advisory Committee of Student Aspiring Educator members, or the president of NEA in the case of an at-large alternate director, may request that the alternate director be seated by the Board of Directors if the director is to be absent from that meeting.
f. An alternate director temporarily may fill a vacancy in the office of state, retired, student Aspiring Educator, or at-large director in accordance with requirements set forth in these Bylaws.
g. Service as an alternate director, whether prior to or following service as a state, at-large, student Aspiring Educator, or retired director, shall not be counted toward the two-term limit for any director position.
8-11. Standards for State Affiliates.
c. …The affiliate shall require Student Aspiring Educator membership in the Association for its student Aspiring Educator members.
In 2017, delegates to the Representative Assembly approved an NBI changing the name of the NEA Student Program to “NEA Aspiring Educators” beginning with the 2018-2020 Budget.
The amendment would update language in the NEA Bylaws, changing the term “student” to “Aspiring Educator” only where referring to student members of the Association. The amendment would not change any references where “student” refers not to Association members but to the students educated by NEA members.
Ashley Muscarella - PA