Bylaw Amendment 1 Adopted
To create a new membership category of “community ally” and charge the NEA Board of Directors with adopting rules for implementation, while prohibiting such members from nominating, voting for, or holding any elected or appointed Association office or position.
Bylaw 2. Membership
a. There shall be six (6) seven (7) categories of membership in the Association: Active, Aspiring Educator, Retired, Substitute, Reserve, Community Ally, and Staff.
g. Community Ally membership shall be open to any person interested in advancing the cause of public education, who supports the mission, vision, and core values of the Association, and who is not eligible for any other NEA membership category. The NEA Board of Directors shall adopt rules to implement this membership category. Community Ally members shall not have the right to nominate or vote for candidates for elected office, nominate or vote for delegates to the Representative Assembly, or hold any elected office or appointed committee position in the Association.
2-7. Membership Dues
l. Dues of Community Ally members shall be established by the Representative Assembly in the program budget.
Bylaw 2-1 establishes six categories of membership in the Association – Active, Aspiring Educator, Retired, Substitute, Reserve, and Staff. If adopted, the amendment would create a seventh membership category for Community Allies.
The amendment defines Community Ally membership as open to any person interested in advancing the cause of public education, who supports the mission, vision, and core values of the Association, and who is not eligible for any other membership category. It also directs the Board of Directors to establish rules for the implementation of this membership category. Community Ally members would not have the right to vote, nominate candidates for elected office, or hold elected or appointed committee positions within the Association. The dues of such members would be established through Representative Assembly action on the annual program budget.
Article IX, Section 4 of the NEA Constitution provides that amendments to the NEA Constitution and Bylaws take effect at the beginning of the fiscal year following their adoption unless otherwise provided in the amendment. Thus, if adopted by the 2019 Representative Assembly, the new membership category would become effective on September 1, 2019.
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 3, which would open NEA membership to public education allies while preserving NEA governance positions for education professionals and active equivalents. Thus, if Constitutional Amendment 3, 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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