To open NEA membership to public education allies while preserving NEA governance positions for education professionals and active equivalents.

Article II. Membership
Section 2. Membership Eligibility: Provisions and Limitations.

a. Membership, as provided in the Bylaws, shall be open to persons who are: (i) engaged in the profession of teaching or in other educational work; or (ii) members of a state affiliate in the state affiliate’s membership category that is equivalent to the Association’s Active membership category; or (iii) persons interested in advancing the cause of public education. All members of the Association shall agree to subscribe to the goals and objectives of the Association and to abide by its Constitution and Bylaws.

b. Members engaged in teaching or in other educational work shall adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession.

c. An application for membership shall be subject to review as provided in the Bylaws.

d. The Association shall not deny membership to individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, handicap, marital status, or economic status, nor shall any organization which so denies membership be affiliated with the Association.

e. Persons interested in advancing the cause of public education who are granted membership pursuant to section 2a(iii) above and who are not eligible for any other category of membership shall not have the right to serve as officers of the Association, as members of the Board of Directors, or as delegates to the Representative Assembly.

Impact Statement

Article II, Section 2 of the NEA Constitution sets out the eligibility parameters for membership in the Association.  Currently, membership is open to persons who are engaged in the education profession or are members of a state affiliate in a category equivalent to the Association’s Active membership category.  Within the parameters set forth in the Constitution, NEA Bylaw 2-1 further defines six membership categories—Active, Student, Retired, Substitute, Reserve, and Staff.

If adopted, the amendment would open membership to other persons interested in advancing the cause of education.  The amendment would further prohibit individuals eligible for membership only under this new category from serving as Association officers, members of the Board of Directors, or delegates to the Representative Assembly.

Specific details of the new membership category, including the rights and benefits afforded to such members, would be established via amendments to the NEA Bylaws and other appropriate policies.

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Joshua Brown - IA