To replace the word “student” with the term “Aspiring Educator” when referring to student members.

Article III. Executive Officers
Section 3. Election of Delegates.

b. Election to the Board of Directors by the Active NEA members within the state shall constitute election to the Representative Assembly for all purposes.…

Election to the Board of Directors as an at-large director or a retired or student Aspiring Educator director shall constitute election to the Representative Assembly for all purposes except voting in elections for Association officers.…

Selection as chairperson of the Advisory Committee of Student Members Aspiring Educators shall constitute election to the Representative Assembly for all purposes except voting in elections for Association officers….

Article III. Executive Officers
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 Aspiring Educators shall be comprised of at least one (1) classroom teacher and one (1) education support professional. There shall be a minimum of twenty (20) percent ethnic minority representation on each committee.

Article V. Board of Directors
Section 1. Composition.

The Board shall consist of (a) at least one (1) director from each association affiliated with the Association as a state affiliate, (b) six (6) directors for the retired members of the Association, and (c) three (3) directors for the Student Aspiring Educator members of the Association….

The executive officers and other members of the Executive Committee shall be members of the Board of Directors ex officio….

h. Student Aspiring educator and retired representation on the Board of Directors shall not be computed in determining the representation entitlements of administrators, classroom teachers in higher education, or Active members employed in education support professional positions.

Article V. Board of Directors
Section 2. Terms of Office.

b. NEA state and at-large directors shall serve no more than two (2) terms. Prior service as a student an Aspiring Educator director shall not be counted toward the two (2) term limit for state and at-large directors….

f. One (1) student Aspiring Educator director shall serve a term of two (2) years and two (2) student Aspiring Educator directors shall serve terms of one (1) year.  No student Aspiring Educator director may serve more than two (2) years. The directors shall be student Aspiring Educator members of the Association.

Impact Statement

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 Constitution, changing the term “student” to “Aspiring Educator” only where referring to student members of the Association.  The amendment would not change any references, including in the preamble to the Constitution, where “student” refers not to Association members but to the students educated by NEA members.  The amendment would also not change the student membership category, established under Bylaw 2-1(a).

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Ashley Muscarella - PA