Constitutional Amendment 2 (2019)Adopted
To update the preamble to replace the word “teacher” with the word “educator.”
Preamble: We, the members of the National Education Association of the United States, in order that the Association may serve as the national voice for education, advance the cause of public education for all individuals, promote the health and welfare of children and/or students, promote professional excellence among educators, gain recognition of the basic importance of the educator teacher in the learning process and other employees in the educational effort, protect the rights of educational employees and advance their interests and welfare, secure professional autonomy, promote, support and defend public employees’ right to collective bargaining, unite educational employees for effective citizenship, promote and protect human and civil rights, and obtain for its members the benefits of an independent, united education profession, do hereby adopt this Constitution.
The preamble to the NEA Constitution currently states, in part, that the Association serves to gain recognition of the basic importance of the teacher in the learning process and other employees in the educational effort.
In 2017, the NEA Representative Assembly adopted New Business Item 2017-115, which stated, “In order to more accurately represent our diverse membership, we request a review of NEA’s Constitution, Bylaws, Standing Rules, Policy Statements, and Resolutions to search for the words ‘teacher’ and ‘classroom teacher’ in order to replace those words with the more inclusive term of “educator,” where appropriate. Then, the results of this review will be presented to the appropriate committees/groups to consider amendments to the documents to replace those words with ‘educators.’”
If adopted, the amendment would update the preamble in accordance with NBI 2017-115 by replacing the word “teacher” with “educator.”
George Sheridan - CA