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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 Amendment 2
Withdrawn

To allow an individual re-joining the Association as an Active member after the commencement of the membership year to pay a pro-rated portion of dues for that year.

Bylaw Amendment 3
Defeated

To provide for solicitation of Active member voluntary contributions to a strike/work action fund.

Bylaw Amendment 4
Withdrawn

To set one year as the minimum term length for delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.

Bylaw Amendment 5
Adopted

To permit the Association, under limited circumstances, and pursuant to the same protections that apply to state affiliate trusteeships, to establish a trusteeship over a local affiliate.

Bylaw Amendment 6
Adopted

To establish specific procedures by which a state or local affiliate may terminate its affiliation with the National Education Association.

Standing Rule Amendment 1
Defeated

To allow for deferral to the subsequent day any motion for which proposed amendments are difficult to display in full on screen, and to provide delegate access overnight to any such deferred language.

Standing Rule Amendment 2
Defeated

To strike language permitting delegates to yield any unused portion of allotted speaking time.

Standing Rule Amendment 3
Defeated

To prohibit on the Representative Assembly floor the display of signs lobbying for or against specific action items, other than signs used by a state caucus for the purpose of communicating with that state’s delegates.

Constitutional Amendment 1
Defeated

To amend the preamble to add the word “secular” before “public education.”

Constitutional Amendment 2
Adopted

To update the preamble to replace the word “teacher” with the word “educator.”

Constitutional Amendment 3
Adopted

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

Constitutional Amendment 4
Adopted

To change the deadline for submission of constitutional amendments to 70 days following the close of the prior year’s representative assembly.

Legislative Amendment 1
Adopted

Section: Judiciary

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NEA supports:

  • a judicial code of conduct and/or ethics for the Supreme Court justices.

 

Legislative Amendment 2
Adopted

Section: Immigration and Naturalization

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Amend existing item

NEA supports:

  • comprehensive immigration reform that:

-recognizes the political, economic, and labor issues underlying immigration;

-promotes a humane, equitable, and orderly system of legal immigration that advances and protects human rights, civil liberties, due process, and the public interest;

-recognizes the importance of family unity and rejects laws and delays that undermine keeping families intact; and-rejects the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and those who work with them, including educators; and

-deals justly with undocumented immigrants who have worked and lived in the United States and includes a path to permanent residency, citizenship, or asylum once background checks have been completed.

  • legislation to reduce barriers that prevent legal immigrants from successful completion of the naturalization process for U.S. citizenship;
  • legislation to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents;
  • legislation to end the practice of incarcerating immigrant children by developing humane, equitable, and expedited processes for determining asylum cases and placing children with family and/or sponsors;
  • legislation prohibiting separation of immigrant children from their families;
  • legislation that requires all children housed for processing be afforded a quality public education equal to that provided to children attending public schools in the local community;
  • legislation that provides support for children who experience trauma due to practices implemented during the immigration process;
  • legislation that provides access to medical treatment and care by medical professionals for those detained;
  • legislation that provides postsecondary education opportunities for children who experience trauma caused by being held in detention; and
  • legislation defunding and/or preventing private corporations from profiting from immigrant detention in the United States, especially the detention of immigrant youth.

NEA opposes:

  • the incarceration of immigrant children in cages, kennels, warehouses, tents, and other inhumane structures;
  • separating immigrant children from their families;
  • the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and those who work with them, including educators; and privately run immigration detention centers.

Legislative Amendment 3
Adopted

Section: Slavery and Genocide

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NEA supports:

  • legislation to study possible study and develop reparations and full repair proposals for to African Americans descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States to address the past and residual effects of slavery and enslavement in America.

 

Legislative Amendment 4
Adopted

Section: Postsecondary Education

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  • loan forgiveness for students who become educational employees in public education institutions;
  • legislation that creates a 100% loan forgiveness program for educators across the nation. This shall include any individual employed in public education;
  • legislation that creates a 100% loan forgiveness program for public service employees across the nation.

 

Legislative Amendment 5
Defeated

Section: Safe Schools

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NEA supports:

  • legislation requiring mandatory gun liability insurance for all gun owners.

Legislative Amendment 6
Adopted

Section: Human and Civil Rights

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NEA supports:

  • legislation that forbids using funds appropriated to any nation to assist or support the detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.

Legislative Amendment 7
Adopted

Section: IDEA Special Education

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NEA supports:

  • Federal policies that require implementation of coordinated early intervening services to help ensure students, especially students of color, are not disproportionately misidentified for special education services.

New Business Item A
Adopted as Amended

NEA will immediately call on the Trump administration, U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and the courts, for the immediate end to the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families; including an end to ICE raids, which inflicts chaos, fear, and instability on entire communities.

Specifically and immediately, NEA will call on the U.S. government to address the human rights violations for which it is responsible in detention centers across the country by demanding that:

-Immigrant children currently incarcerated by the U.S. government be treated as human beings with infinite worth and potential, and not be exposed to conditions that harm or traumatize them.

-Detention facilities be open to visits by doctors, educators, social workers, clergy, and other children’s advocates.

-The U.S. government comply with the guidelines for basic standards of care of children set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

-The U.S. government stop sending children and immigrant families to for-profit detention centers.

To achieve the above, NEA will:

1. Instruct our General Counsel to challenge such policies and practices in the courts and other venues by leading or joining cases with advocacy partners;

2. Call on members and affiliates to seek sponsors and support for legislation that protects immigrant families, the rights of asylum seekers, and the humane treatment of all immigrants;

3. Oppose ICE raids that terrify peaceful communities and endanger children who are left without caregivers when parents are arrested and detained;

4. Urge all presidential candidates to develop plans for comprehensive immigration reform that include specific ways to ensure the humane treatment of all immigrants and ways to end ICE raids and family separations;

5. Partner with immigrant rights’ organizations to inform our members and the families they serve of the civil and human rights of undocumented people through community engagement and specifically partner on training such as know-your-rights training;

6. Initiate and support networking locally so that our members and public can jointly engage in initiatives and actions on immigrant justice;

7. Promote the efforts of our affiliates and partners to protect immigrant students and families from the harm and trauma caused by fear of deportation, anti-immigrant violence and family separation’;

8. Mobilize members to contact their elected officials, participate in protests, and disseminate advocacy materials on urgent immigration issues; and

9. Expand NEA’s rapid response social justice activist network to engage and activate our members and allies on key immigration priorities.

10. NEA will provide information to state affiliates on how they can gain access to assist refugees being held in detention centers, how they can teach, provide social work servicing, psychology services, provide soap, toothbrushes and other sanitary needs to refugees. Please inform our members how we can take direct action of detentions centers.

New Business Item 1
Defeated

NEA will not schedule any future Representative Assemblies in "Right to Work" states, starting in 2025.

New Business Item 2
Defeated

The National Education Association will re-dedicate itself to the pursuit of increased student learning in every public school in America by putting a renewed emphasis on quality education. NEA will make student learning the priority of the Association. NEA will not waiver in its commitment to student learning by adopting the following lens through which we will assess every NEA program and initiative: How does the proposed action promote the development of students as lifelong reflective learners?

New Business Item 3
Defeated

To work toward the goal of making every educator a great educator, NEA will promote the inclusion of the Five Core Propositions of National Board Certification in all teacher preparation programs and inservice trainings:

1. Commitment to students and their learning;

2. Knowledge of their subjects and how to teach them to their students;

3. Responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning;

4. Thinking systematically about their practice and learning from experience;

5. Engagement in professional learning communities.

New Business Item 4
Defeated

The NEA Executive Committee shall design and conduct an internal study of non-educator public employee member concerns, needs, and expectations and present the results of the study to the NEA Board of Directors and the 2020 NEA Representative Assembly.

New Business Item 5
Adopted

NEA shall review all existing governing documents (e.g; Policy Statements, Legislative Program, Resolutions, Constitution, and Bylaws) and where appropriate direct that these documents incorporate language that is democratically inclusive of all NEA members. Further, NEA shall use inclusive language in all future communications.

New Business Item 6
Withdrawn

NEA will partner /collaborate with The National Equity Project (Black Teacher Project) in an effort to sustain, recruit and develop educators if color. 

New Business Item 7
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA shall reinstate the Ethnic Leaders meeting specifically designed to encourage, train, and develop ethnic leaders.

New Business Item 8
Adopted as Modified

NEA will conduct a study to examine the feasibility of self insuring the risks covered by the Educators Employment Liability insurance.

New Business Item 9
Defeated

NEA shall call for a national teachers’ strike in support of the Green New Deal.

New Business Item 10
Adopted as Amended

The NEA will compile existing resources in an online toolkit for members which will offer resources for educating students and families on balanced technology usage, and which outlines the physiological, social-emotional, and behavioral effects of screen time on children.

New Business Item 11
Adopted

Using existing resources, NEA will incorporate the concept of "White Fragility" into NEA trainings/staff development, literature, and other existing communications on social, gender, LGBTQIA, and racial justice whenever and wherever context and expense allows.

New Business Item 12
Adopted as Amended

NEA will work with other unions and encourage its affiliates to promote and participate in state and community efforts for Census 2020.

As a national census partner, NEA shall play a leadership role in ensuring a fair and accurate census through such action as:

1. Working with allied coalitions such as the Learning First Alliance to foster national partnerships among the Census Bureau and its constituent groups so as to expand coverage of Census 2020 across the major education association websites and online social networks to encourage joint projects and local event coordination.

2. Link to key Census Bureau information such as talking points, digital articles, fact sheets, regional office and partnership program contacts, and access to the Bureau’s Census In Schools and employment websites.

3. Targeting assistance to schools in or near “hard to count” census tracts and identifying resources to ensure that home language materials and technical assistance are available in communities impacted by poverty and concentrations of minority group or non-English speaking populations.

4. Encouraging NEA’s state and local affiliates to become Census partners and work to ensure that all educators, current and retired, are represented in local Complete Count Committees and have the opportunity to become employed as enumerators.

5. Coordinating the provision of Census Bureau materials and speakers at NEA conferences and state summer leadership meetings and through the NEA booth at national partnership organization conferences.

6. Conducting a midterm evaluation of NEA’s Census 2020 partnership activities to provide the basis for adjusting Association assistance to align with the Bureau’s post-enumeration work concluding in December 2020.

New Business Item 13
Adopted as Modified

NEA will create an ongoing series in NEA Today using existing digital resources including NEAtoday.org and NEA Express Today, and promotion on the NEA Today social media highlight examples of the Ethnic Studies curricula and programs across the nation and connection to student growth and success of students who have access to Ethnic Studies. 

New Business Item 14
Adopted

NEA will create model legislative language that state affiliates can use to eliminate the Praxis or alternative standardized test used for teacher certification.

New Business Item 15
Defeated

The NEA will conduct a research survey of NEA administrator members to ascertain if administrators feel supported by their local/state/national association.  The survey will also inquire as to what administrator members’ professional needs are.  The results of the survey will be used by NEA to create relevant and impactful resources for administrator members.

New Business Item 16
Adopted

NEA Board of Directors will consider a new policy statement on Ethnic Studies to be presented at the 2020 NEA RA for adoption.

New Business Item 17
Adopted as Modified

The convenings created as a result of the 2018 NBI 117 Task Force report will recommend specific annual numeric goals for the recruitment of, and retention of, educators of color.  NEA will create a pilot cadre of educators of color (a minimum of 2 per state affiliate for at least 10 states) whose purpose is to identify and recruit high school and college ethnic students (African American, Hispanic, Indigenous People of America, Asian American,Pacific Islander) to enter the teaching profession starting with states that have Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institutions.

New Business Item 18
Adopted as Amended

In accordance with Resolution C-6, the NEA will pursue strategies to publicize the crucial importance of recess and free play in the lives of school children of all ages, especially those children in grades preK through eighth grade.  The NEA will use online resources to propose and urge local actions which will convince Boards of Education that recess should be expanded and occur every day. Further, the NEA will publicize the following issues that threaten the lives and mental health of our students:

1.  Up to one in five children in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder.

2.  High school and college students are showing increasingly alarming rates of depression and/or anxiety leading to suicide.

3.  Increased screen time, too much testing, constant adult supervision, have prevented students from learning how to be independent and solve their own problems.  Students are learning that their destinies are out of their hands.

New Business Item 19
Adopted

NEA will promote the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in schools during Black History Month in 2020.  Beginning in the fall of 2019, using existing communications resources, NEA will specifically call for clear efforts to demonstrate support for the four demands of the BLM Week of Action in schools:

1. Ending zero-tolerance policies and replacing them with restorative justice practices

2. Hiring and mentoring black educators

3. Mandating that Ethnic Studies be taught in preK-12 schools in age-appropriate ways

4. Hiring more counselors not cops

New Business Item 20
Adopted as Modified

The National Education Association will create space in all individuals’ name tags, badges, and IDs for the individuals’ pronouns. The individuals’ pronouns will only be left off at the individual’s request. This space will first appear at the 2020 NEA Leadership Summit and will continue forward from there. We will create fields within NEA360 to indicate pronouns. By doing this, it will give locals information to add pronouns to their membership forms and to be more inclusive. We will create fields within NEA360 to indicate pronouns.

New Business Item 21
Adopted as Modified

NEA will create an electronic toolkit that will assist locals in developing member allies who will serve as diversity ambassadors to engage in courageous conversations in an effort to support educators of color and other targeted and marginalized educators.

New Business Item 22
Defeated

The NEA will develop and seek support for a U.S. constitutional amendment requiring that the United States provide all students with what in New York state, for example, is “A Sound Basic Education.”  Said language can be modeled after what some state constitutions provide and can be used in the courts to ensure that our students are guaranteed the funding they need to succeed. Once developed, candidates seeking the NEA’s support can be asked if they will support said amendment.

New Business Item 23
Adopted

NEA will survey state alternate certification programs to assess how educators are being trained and supported to be successful in the classroom.  The results of the survey will be published in existing NEA publications.

New Business Item 24
Defeated

NEA will support and stand in solidarity with McDonald’s workers who are organizing for dignity and respect on the job by rejecting our partnership with McDonald’s through McTeacher’s Night for the corporation’s many labor abuses, including: displacing workers at such events, union busting, paying workers poverty wages, and failing to provide a safe working environment.

1. NEA will publicly stand in solidarity with McDonald’s workers by publishing articles explaining why we are opposing and rejecting McTeacher’s Nights through its channels, including in NEA Today and digital channels.

2. President Eskelsen García, on behalf of NEA membership, will write a letter of concern directed to the president and CEO of McDonald’s regarding the corporation’s inequitable labor practices, displacement of workers, and exploitation of schools for marketing junk food to children through McTeacher’s Nights. Local associations will be encouraged to submit similar letter to media outlets where McTeacher’s Nights are prevalent.

3. President Eskelsen García, on behalf of NEA membership, will write a letter to the presidents of state and national PTAs urging them to stop all partnerships with McDonald’s on McTeacher’s Nights at the earliest.

4. NEA will encourage state and local affiliates to re-evaluate their participation in McTeacher’s nights, and support legislation and policy initiatives that support food chain workers’ rights to secure victory for issues such as livable wages, safe working conditions, and the right to unionize.

New Business Item 25
Adopted as Modified

NEA will collaborate and partner with organizations and individuals who are doing the work to push reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States and to involve educators, students, and communities in the discussions around support for reparations.  NEA will write an article in NEA Today to pay homage to educators who have been and are currently fighting for reparations, such as Ernie Smith, and to highlight the organizations and individuals involved in the fight for reparations. NEA will actively network and collaborate with organizations such as ACLU, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA), and individuals such as Darrick Hamilton, to hold national teletown halls in different regions of the United States in order to educate members and the general public about the importance of reparations.

New Business Item 26
Defeated

NEA will use existing digital communication to develop and publish resources to educate members and the general public on the apartheid, atrocities, and gross violations of human rights of Palestinian children and families by the State of Israel, funded directly by the United States.

NEA will publish an article in the NEA Today on the work that is being done by our members and organizations fighting for the rights of Palestinian children and families, such as but not limited to: Parents Against Child Detention, HaMoked-Center for the Defense of the Individual, Defense for Children International-Palestine, American Friends Service Committee, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism, and Jewish Voice for Peace.

NEA will partner with the No Way to Treat Child Campaign to pressure the Israeli government to end the detention and abuse of Palestinian children.

New Business Item 27
Defeated

Using existing staff and resources, NEA will establish a secure website for members to vote on which 2020 presidential candidate our union should endorse. This website will be set up with a sign-in feature that uses a member's unique NEA ID number. Once signed in, the member will receive a one-time use log-in code for when the selection time period has been opened by NEA. After the close of the selection time period, NEA staff will make the aggregate results public and disseminate the results to each state president to share with their respective executive board to include as the basis for selecting which candidate should receive their presidential candidate endorsement.

New Business Item 28
Defeated

NEA will support vintage comic book reading initiatives to fight childhood aliteracy by providing information digitally to their members.  

New Business Item 29
Adopted as Modified

The NEA will contact all school districts through the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to recommend incorporating into their science curriculum, causes, effects, and solutions to climate change and pollution. The NEA will inform each school district of NEA’s position supporting teaching current and established researched-based data from reputable science resources. and include human’s involvement in climate change and the possible solutions. The NEA will provide online resources for teachers to plan and implement lessons, including any existing union-friendly teaching resources.

New Business Item 30
Defeated

The NEA will host a nationwide conference of local affiliate teams to explore the professional needs of its members and the programs and supports that the affiliates can offer to meet its member needs. Affiliates in attendance will commit to implementing at least one professional quality support program in their local during the 2019-20 school year. Local Lighthouse Quality Teams should include the local president, a staff member, and a member leader dedicated to quality professional development (PD) and support. Affiliates will form their own quality professional support community in order to explore best practices in implementation.  Action plans should include ESP and early career educators and may be used to train other locals.

New Business Item 31
Adopted

Utilizing existing communication resources, the NEA shall publicize the investigation that has uncovered state and federal funding for confederate museums, shrines, and groups that present a distorted view of history and perpetuate racist idealogy (www.smithsonianmag.com/history/costs-confederac-special-report-180970731/).

New Business Item 32
Consolidated with NBI 12

The NEA affirms the crucial importance of Census 2020. As a national Census partner, NEA shall play a leadership role in ensuring a fair and accurate census through such actions as:

1. Working with allied coalitions such as the Learning First Alliance to foster national partnerships among the Census Bureau and its constituent groups so as to expand coverage of Census 2020 across the major education association websites, print media, and online social networks to encourage joint projects and local event coordination.

2. Providing model website templates with links to key Census Bureau information such as talking points, articles, fact sheets, regional office and partnership program contacts, and access to the Bureau’s Census In Schools and employment websites.

3. Targeting assistance to schools in or near “hard to count” census tracts and identifying resources to ensure that home language materials and technical assistance are available in communities impacted by poverty and concentrations of minority group or non-English speaking populations.

4. Encouraging NEA’s state and local affiliates to become Census partners and work to ensure that all educators, current and retired, are represented in local Complete Count Committees and have the opportunity to become employed as enumerators.

5. Coordinating the provision of Census Bureau materials and speakers at NEA conferences and state summer leadership meetings and through the NEA booth at national partnership organization conferences.

6. Conducting a midterm evaluation of NEA’s Census 2020 partnership activities to provide the basis for adjusting Association assistance to align with the Bureau’s post-enumeration work concluding in December 2020.

New Business Item 33
Adopted

NEA will investigate, using existing committees and the National Vocational and Career Technical Education Caucus (V-CTE), to determine the impact of CTE programs in the reduction of institutional racism through Career and Technical Education partnerships with their program business partners in their communities.  These findings will be made available to all members through existing platforms to aid in developing further paths to end institutional racism.

New Business Item 34
Adopted as Modified

NEA will disseminate current information developed in partnership with the National Indian Educational Association and/or the National Congress of American Indians regarding missing and murdered indigenous women and girls during the month of May 2020.This will be in solidarity with Red Shawl Day. Information will be disseminated through established modes of communication.

New Business Item 35
Defeated

The NEA will announce that we support the impeachment of Donald Trump and will work with other unions, civil rights organizations, and all those supporting impeachment to ensure that an impeachment inquiry begin now into the charges that President Donald Trump has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” (U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 4); and specifically, as detailed in the Mueller Report, has been guilty on numerous occasions of the crime of obstruction of justice.  We will publicize our position through all existing NEA media channels.

New Business Item 36
Defeated

NEA will offer RA delegates the equivalent of eight hours of voluntary organizing workshops at the 2020 RA utilizing proven organizing curriculum such as Labor Notes, a current collaborator with the NEA’s Center for Oganizing. Workshops would include: mapping your site, how to have an organizing conversation to increase membership, fighting apathy, building escalating campaigns, and contract enforcement.

New Business Item 37
Action Completed -
Details to come in next RA Today

The NEA will publicize our vigorous defense of immigrants' rights: defending the right to asylum, ending the criminalization of border crossings, opposing child separation, the construction of a border wall, and immediately shutting down immigrant concentration camps.

New Business Item 38
Adopted

NEA will develop a report on the negative effects of charter co-locations on students, particularly students of color, students with disabilities, and public school communities, and publish such reports in the NEA Today, on NEA social media, and all other forms of communication.

New Business Item 39
Referred to the Appropriate Committee as Modified

The NEA will publicize our ongoing commitment to the protection of the full range of special education programs and placement of students in those programs dependent on student needs and the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. Any candidate seeking NEA endorsement  must publicly state their commitment to full funding for special education. 

New Business Item 40
Adopted

NEA will update the existing research review on the academic and social implications of Ethnic Studies and publish the results through existing NEA resources. 

New Business Item 41
Adopted as Modified

The NEA will support an initiative to hire more diverse leadership staff such as assistant principals and principals in our schools, by notifying state affiliates to encourage their members of color to pursue a career in school leadership. In addition, the NEA will work to support this goal.  

As NEA continues to promote and push forward on improving diversity and inclusion of educational professionals, we direct NEA to include assistant principals, principals, and other administrators in work that we are already doing.

New Business Item 42
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will develop an "Education Bill of Rights" through the creation of a steering committee that will design and manage a democratic, "bottom-up" process to engage members in the development of the document which will be comprised of 10 educational demands of the federal government.

New Business Item 43
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will consider a new policy statement on the fundamental right of every student to receive the services of a fully certificated library media specialist in a fully funded school library. 

New Business Item 44
Defeated

NEA shall use all existing digital and social media, and email newsletter to promote teaching about the Armenian Genocide by writing an article prior to April 2020, about the history of the Armenian Genocide, including American's assistance of genocide victims and orphans through the Near East Relief. This article should include teaching resources from the Genocide Education Project (www.genocideeducation.org), USC Shoah Foundation (www.sfi.usc.edu), and Near East Foundation (www.neareastmuseum.com).

New Business Item 45
Adopted

Utilizing existing communications channels, the NEA will encourage locals to incorporate practical composting programs in our schools. These programs will serve as a solutions-based approach to teaching climate change lessons.

New Business Item 46
Adopted as Amended

NEA will encourage the extension of university harassment, discrimination, and assault reporting and advocacy services to be officially in place until the completion of the preK-12 school year. This extension encompasses all harassment, discrimination, or assaults connected to Aspiring Educators' student-teaching placement districts, as opposed to phasing out services at the end of the college school year.

NEA will create a list of questions to be used by interested local union representatives to research the harassment and abuse reporting services available to Aspiring Educators.

New Business Item 47
Adopted

NEA will work with current partners (such as GLSEN), to expand on the number of professional development opportunities for Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSA) advisors.  This training should include, at a minimum:

  • Starting a new GSA;
  • How to handle possible backlash from different stakeholders; and
  • Model GSA projects and activities.

New Business Item 48
Adopted

NEA will create model legislative language that state affiliates can use to lobby for a K-12 cross content curriculum that is LGBTQ+ inclusive.

New Business Item 49
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Using existing resources and tools, NEA will encourage local affiliates to collect and share information with NEA and state affiliates on how districts are implementing the requirement for input from educators, parents, and community stakeholders under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This data is critical to fighting for the programs and services that student and school staff need.

New Business Item 50
Adopted as Amended

NEA will use existing avenues of communication to call on the city and state of New York, to issue an official and formal apology to Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, the Exonerated Five.

NEA will also write a letter to the five men informing them of our support and the action we took to call for an apology from New York. 

New Business Item 51
Adopted

NEA will distribute a resource for educators and students with opiod dependence who are seeking recovery or in recovery, outlining rights and protections in accordance with federal anti-discrimination/civil rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The resource should be distributed to locals/schools across the nation, including post secondary educational institutions.  Additional information regarding such rights and protections should be made available on the NEA website. The resource distributed could be the preexisting one created by the Bristol Plymouth Teacher Association (Taunton, Massachusetts), or a version of it if the NEA wishes to amend it. If amended, the resource should always use stigma-reducing language and aim to help those recovering from opioid use disorder maintain job security or pursue an education.

New Business Item 52
Adopted as Amended

The NEA Center for Organizing will expose in existing NEA publications the continued efforts by venture capitalists to privatize substitute teachers and education support professionals by subcontracting these positions through unrepresented "gig" workers, for example, from Swing Education, Inc., EDUStaff LLC, and Kelly Educational Staffing.

NEA will use existing communication channels to expose practices by third-party staffing companies that impact the pay, benefits, and "years of service" of educators and other school employees. Because there are over 50 state/governing authorities, NEA will choose a sample of such practices to highlight.

New Business Item 53
Adopted as Modified

NEA Center for Organizing will support and encourage state and local affiliates to organize substitute educators by:

  • Notifying state affiliates that NEA is available to assist state and local affiliates in identifying problems they may have in organizing substitutes and offering possible solutions;
  • Making available existing model contract language involving substitute;
  • Assisting state and local affiliates, when asked in efforts, to identify state and local laws that affect substitute rights, such as right to union representation, health care, sick leave, unemployment insurance and pensions.

New Business Item 54
Defeated

NEA will delay deciding on a preferred primary presidential candidate until members have had time to become educated through watching candidate debates and visiting the Strong Public Schools' website.

NEA will incorporate member voice in determining which candidate to support. If the NEA decides to use a scientific poll, it would be preferred that it be one that is regularly scheduled and budgeted, to minimize costs. The members' preferred candidate and the general means of how the candidate was determined (e.g. scientific poll, web site, questions, etc.) will be shared with membership through existing channels.

New Business Item 55
Adopted

The National Education Association (NEA) will organize and mobilize in support of the Equality Act to be a top legislative priority by using existing resources to channel activist energy toward education and advocacy, encourage all members to sign up to the NEA EdJustice newsletter to receive action alerts and invitations to be the best advocate possible, and continue persistent and ongoing lobby efforts with our Senate to increase their awareness of the importance of passing non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

New Business Item 56
Adopted as Amended

Through existing media channels, the NEA will honor the leadership of women, non-binary, and trans people, and other survivors who have come forward to publicly name their rapists and attackers in the growing, international, #MeToo movement.

Furthermore, the NEA will include an assertion of our defense of a person's right to control their own body, especially for women, youth, and sexually marginalized people. The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.

New Business Item 57
Adopted as Amended

The NEA will publicize our support for the continued work action of educators and the fact that our union's alliance with students and the community is key to winning our demands.  We will publicize the necessity now for teachers' independent struggle to defend public education: win significant class-size reductions; significant improvements in educators' pay and working conditions; defend special education programs; and re-establish the principle of equal quality education for all on the basis of a fully-funded public education system. 

New Business Item 58
Adopted as Modified

Using existing resources, the NEA will encourage members to use digital resources from partner organization such as the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Act NOW website (https://www.hrc.org/equalityact/) to support the Equality Act, a federal law that will explicitly require fair treatment for LGBTQ+ people in critical areas like employment, housing, and education.

In addition, the NEA, using existing resources, will share with local and state affiliates, a model resolution supporting the passage of the Equality Act such as the one found on the National Center for Lesbian Rights. 

New Business Item 59
Defeated

The NEA demands that all candidates seeking our union's endorsement publicly state their opposition to all charter school expansion.  That would mean repudiating the policies of Arne Duncan and Betsy DeVos.  The NEA will publicize this demand by all appropriate means.

New Business Item 60
Consolidated with NBI 58

The National Education Association will make available, through existing digital media, a resolution such as the one found on the National Center for Lesbian Rights webpage (http://www.nclrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Equality-Act-Sample-Resolutions.pdf) to all state and local affiliates in support of the Equality Act that will expand protections based on gender identity, sex, and sexual orientation, assuring that all are offered equal protection from discrimination. 

New Business Item 61
Defeated

NEA will propose legal language, and initiate legal action when necessary against charter schools' managers and responsible agencies that have participated in acts of corruption, scams, and fraud with public school money.  NEA will address the chronic and costly issue of charter schools' management abusing the lack of a proper legal frame.

New Business Item 62
Defeated

NEA will analyze, inform, and promote measures about the unsupervised, unregulated, and alarming potential control that Internet companies have over all citizen's personal information, and public students, in particular.

New Business Item 63
Defeated

NEA will start a campaign using its logistic resources to counter the dominant ideology that has been enabling corporate reformers to dismantle and privatize our public school system.   

New Business Item 64
Adopted as Modified

At the beginning of ALL NEA convenings, NEA will acknowledge the native people of whom the lands originated from. 

New Business Item 65
Defeated

The National Education Association (NEA) will create an ongoing series in the NEA Today and existing digital resources the histories of and intersectionality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people and persons with disabilities so all NEA members can learn about these diverse groups of people that have been marginalized in the K-12 historical narrative and make accurate and meaningful classroom connections. 

New Business Item 66
Adopted as Amended

NEA will utilize existing digital resources to inform its members  and prospective members on, the attitudes, values, and goals of unionism, solidarity, justice, fairness, and the search for the common good. 

New Business Item 67
Withdrawn

NEA will create forums to provide members with opportunities to debate important and relevant topics, and discuss problems and concerns in an open, democratic, and effective manner.

New Business Item 68
Adopted as Modified

In collaboration with existing national partners, the National Education Association will explore the opportunity to create a Stonewall LGBTQ Scholarship for tuition assistance to an openly LGBTQ student attending graduate school who demonstrates a commitment to research and practice surrounding LGBTQ issues and awareness in our schools.  This would be a tribute to the Stonewall riots that led to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

New Business Item 69
Defeated

NEA will promote the creation of a state bank in every state.

New Business Item 70
Defeated

The NEA will publish a call in NEA publications for an end  to the deportation of refugees to Iraq and will publicly support efforts to prevent their deportation. The NEA will support organizing a demonstration at the Iraq embassy and help fund buses to that demonstration to demand that Iraq cease issuing 24-hour travel documents to make the deportation of Iraqi refugees by the Trump administration possible.  

New Business Item 71
Withdrawn

NEA will monitor politicians for academic truth in claims and ideas pertaining to public education. 

New Business Item 72
Defeated

The NEA will publish a call in NEA publications for Sacramento district attorney Anne Marie Schubert to stop the witch hunt against anti-Trump and anti-fascist activists and drop the bogus charges against Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley public school teacher, and other anti-fascist protesters.

New Business Item 73
Object to Consideration

The NEA will publish a condemnation of Donald Trump's move toward war with Iran in NEA publications.

New Business Item 74
Ruled Out of Order

The NEA will call for the impeachment of President Trump.  Support for and the rationale of this action shall be printed in NEA Today and other NEA media.

New Business Item 75
Referred to the Annual Meeting Review Committee

NEA will not schedule future Representative Assemblies in states with oppressive gender-based statutes as determined by the Annual Meeting Review Committee.

New Business Item 76
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will encourage locals to advocate for voter registration to take place at all public high schools.

New Business Item 77
Adopted as Modified

NEA's state and territorial affiliates shall pursue legislation in the various state and territorial legislatures, including the District of Columbia, to ensure that Career-Technical Education and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps educators are protected by the same job security rights as other educators at the same grade level in the jurisdiction.

In other words, if the default classification for high school teachers in a state is probationary, followed by permanent, CTE and JROTC educators shall likewise receive the same classification.

New Business Item 78
Adopted

NEA will fund training materials and space for two three-hour safeTALK (suicide alertness) classes for up to 30 delegates per class at an RA event in 2020.

New Business Item 79
Adopted as Modified

Using existing digital resources, NEA will provide members with information regarding the determination to pay application to stop the abusive practice of lower judicial courts putting citizens in jail because they cannot pay bills and fines.

New Business Item 80
Adopted as Amended

NEA will promote the creation of a task force consisting of general education teachers, special education teachers, ESPs, specialists, administrators, community partners, and Departments of Education to make recommendations on systemic changes to preK-12 educational institutions to address educators' responses to student behaviors.

New Business Item 81
Adopted as Amended

NEA will use existing resources to:

1. Research secondary school vocational programs (a/k/a career and technology programs) to gather data related to eligibility criteria;

2. Determine whether the eligibility criteria are equitable and create fair access for all students;

3. Share results of research with members through existing publications/digital media;

4. Promote eligibility criteria that are equitable and fair for all students.

5. Acknowledging that there is outdated data collection on Secondary Vocational Education and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, NEA will urge the U.S Department of Education to collect current information on Vocational Education and CTE program eligibility requirements with respect to fairness, equitability, and appropriateness. The NEA will report back to the NEA CTE caucus as to available data, as well as the results of further data collection. 

New Business Item 82
Adopted as Modified

NEA will publish an article using digital channels clarifying the rationale for the exclusion of "creation science" in science classrooms. This article will also be archived on the NEA website.

New Business Item 83
Defeated

Utilizing its Strong Public Schools website, the NEA will highlight the presidential candidates' proposal for addressing poverty, extreme income, and wealth inequity, and other forms of economic injustice, by examining both their past records and current platforms.  Additionally, the NEA will highlight the organizations, groups, and individuals who donate to each candidates's campaign, including PACs and the backgrounds of individual donors, as well as the average donation amounts received for each candidate. The NEA will use available research and investigative journalism to find this information.

New Business Item 84
Adopted as Modified

The NEA will use existing resources by utilizing the Racial Justice Education program to provide quality anti-racist, anti-biased culturally competent virtual professional development opportunities. To continue to build upon already existing work by identifying regional, state, leaders, and volunteers or whomever the Committee deems to expand learning to facilitate and train the trainer model using an interactive virtual curriculum to build capacity in members at the state and local level.

New Business Item 85
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Proposing a cost analysis of the Human and Civil Rights awards celebration to explore tiered ticket pricing in the year 2020, including: premiere seating for a sit down dinner and souvenir; general admission seating with cash bar and souvenir; and basic admission seating for the awards show only.

New Business Item 86
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will continue to promote "Wear Red for Ed Wednesday" throughout the 2019-2020 school year. 

New Business Item 87
Adopted

NEA will publish in the NEA Today the impact of voter suppression in the United States. 

New Business Item 88
Consolidated with NBI 52

NEA will us existing communication channels to expose practices by third-party staffing companies that impact the pay, benefits, and "years of service" of educators and other school employees. Because there are over 50 state/governing authorities, NEA will choose a sample of such practices to highlight.

New Business Item 89
Adopted as Amended

NEA will advocate for limitations on class sizes, caseloads/workloads, and proportions of classes with students with special needs by creating and distributing model language for state legislation. Through the creation of common guidelines, this language will address at least the following factors/characteristics: age/grade level, educational setting, presence or paraeducators, type of service, federal disability categories, a full continuum of services, and severity of disability.

New Business Item 90
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will research, determine, and publish through any existing means, inequities between annual contract and continuing contract (tenured) teachers. This research will focus on teacher retention, student performance, and student/teacher stress.

New Business Item 91
Adopted as Modified

NEA will use existing resources to digitally publicize a list of resources educators can use to teach their students about the history of the U.S. government programs of detention and internment, deportations and repatriations, to include but not limited to the Mexican Repatriation (1929-1931), Bracero Program (1942), and Operation Wetback (1954).

New Business Item 92
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will include in existing national conferences training sessions that help educators develop their leadership competency by specifically focusing on training educators in practices of mindfulness and how to use mindfulness in developing education leaders and for student success.

New Business Item 93
Adopted

NEA will use existing channels to call on educators to refrain from discouraging or explicitly telling students to not speak a language other than English at school.  NEA may also include information about:

  • The benefits of being multi-lingual;
  • How linguistic oppression is traumatic to children and stifles their academic achievement;
  • The white supremacy culture associated with "English only" movements; and
  • The history of violence inflicted on children for speaking a language other than English at school.

New Business Item 94
Adopted

The NEA will participate in the Month of the Military Child April 2020.  Through normal media outlets, the NEA will inform state and local affiliates of ways that they can support and celebrate military children and encourage them to sponsor and participate in local Month of the Military Child events.

New Business Item 95
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will publish, using existing resources, reports on previous and current litigation in regards to the harmful effects of glyphosate-based weed killers, as well as school districts that have banned glyphosate on public school campuses.

New Business Item 96
Defeated

NEA will use existing channels to publicize and support a nationwide day of action (date TBD) protesting immigrant child concentration camps.

New Business Item 97
Adopted as Modified

NEA will use existing resources to share sample lessons about the 2020 census, including a sample census for students and information about the legal obligation to complete the census.

New Business Item 98
Adopted as Modified

NEA will partner with organizations, schools, businesses, law enforcement agencies, elected officials, community members, and families to: 

  • Promote January as the Gang Awareness and Prevention month of action starting in January 2020 using existing communication resources, specifically calling for clear and immediate action to help NEA members educate their students and families on the implications of gang involvement;
  • Promote the creation of social justice clubs in our schools that will help students to be empowered, self-sufficient, and proactive in their community by associating themselves with community groups that promote positive alternatives to gang involvement;
  • The NEA will compile existing resources in an online toolkit for members which will offer resources for education students, educators, and families on gang awareness and prevention.
  • NEA will encourage state affiliates to advocate for programs that support at risk-students in areas of high-gang activity.

New Business Item 99
Object to Consideration

NEA Today magazine should print an article opposing the bloated Pentagon budget totaling $1.2 trillion.  

New Business Item 100
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA Board of Directors will consider a new policy statement on inclusive education that will emphasize the unique needs of each student and varying levels of inclusion to present at the 2020 NEA RA for adoption.

New Business Item 101
Adopted

Using existing communication vehicles, specifically NEA today, NEA will speak to the importance of health and our advocacy for a duty-free lunch period of not less than 30 minutes for all its members. 

New Business Item 102
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA shall advocate for the passage of S.852, the Antisemitism Awareness Act of 2019. This advocacy will take the form of letters to legislators urging passage of this legislation. Additionally, NEA will develop a sample letter that members can use to contact their respective senators and legislators to be disseminated through appropriate channels.

New Business Item 103
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

The NEA will ensure that all of its digital media are accessible to those who are blind, visually impaired, and others with print-media disabilities, making sure that all web media and uploaded documents are able to be converted from text to speech.

New Business Item 104
Referred to the Annual Meeting Review Committee

The NEA will add a section to the delegate registration webpage that will list the caucuses wishing to be listed so delegates may pay their dues online for each respective caucus at the time of registration for the NEA RA.

New Business Item 105
Adopted

NEA shall provide additional supports to local affiliates and individual members advocating for their undocumented students by: disseminating and publishing an update to the 2/21/18 NEA General Counsel Advisory for members engaging in immigration advocacy that includes a member's rights and limitations in doing so.

New Business Item 106
Adopted as Modified

The NEA currently has five English language learner (ELL) online blended learning courses with resources for educators including:

  • Second Language Acquisition and Instructional strategies.
  • Standards Based Instruction with Lesson Planning Development
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Assessment

The NEA will use these existing resources to develop an online blended learning course and virtual workshop that members may use to advocate and educate ELL students and families.

New Business Item 107
Adopted as Modified

NEA will promote safe, trauma-free working and learning environments by sharing with state affiliates effective implementation supports and trainings for school systems that adopt restorative practice and asset-based discipline approaches and by advocating that all states reach and maintain the national standards for school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

NEA will raise student trauma awareness among  members by supporting state affiliate efforts to offer trauma-sensitive professional learning opportunities that address:

1. The impact of toxic stress on brain development and student behavior and learning;

2. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research, screening, and awareness resources;

3. Trauma-sensitive teaching practices; and

4. The linkage of trauma to poverty, substance abuse, institutional racism and discrimination.

5. Effective implementation supports and trainings for school systems that adopt restorative practice and asset-based discipline approaches and by advocating that all states reach and maintain the national standards for school counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

New Business Item 108
Adopted as Modified

Through existing communications NEA will promote and support educator self-care activities as critical to ensuring student success and educator retention in the profession by:

    1. Promoting mental health, employee assistance, and post-trauma supports for all educators;

    2. Promoting a "self-care" campaign to counter the narrative that its "selfish" for an educator to care for their own health and well-being; and

     3. Sharing research and resources to address compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and educator post-traumatic stress disorder.

New Business Item 109
Consolidated with NBI 107

NEA will raise student trauma awareness among all members by supporting state affiliate efforts to offer trauma-sensitive professional learning opportunities that address:

1. The impact of toxic stress on brain development and student behavior and learning;

2. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research, screening, and awareness resources;

3. Trauma-sensitive teaching practices; and

4. The linkage of trauma to poverty, substance abuse, institutional racism and discrimination.

New Business Item 110
Adopted as Modified

Using existing resources, the NEA will communicate its support for the universal right to access paid family and medical leave.  The NEA shall conduct a research study to compare family and medical leave policies in the U.S. to other countries and shall use their finding to develop a policy  brief on national paid family and medical leave. The NEA shall distribute its research finding to help state affiliates and locals strengthen their collective bargaining positions.

New Business Item 111
Adopted

The NEA will take the lead in urging a school calendar revision for the 2020 presidential election and will encourage the closure of schools on election day so that members, locals, and districts can participate in a day of action where school will not be in session.

New Business Item 112
Referred to the Annual Meeting Review Committee

At future RAs the NEA will work with the host facility to convert more rest rooms near the floor of the Representative Assembly to gender neutral rest rooms for the duration of the RA. 

New Business Item 113
Withdrawn

NEA, using existing resources, will publicly condemn the incarceration of immigrant children in concentration camps.

New Business Item 114
Consolidated with NBI 80

NEA shall form a committee with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate how the lack of appropriate discipline is creating unsafe conditions in schools for both teachers and students.

New Business Item 115
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

The RA directs the NEA Board to consider guidelines to prevent the recommendations of any political candidate who takes and/or solicits support from the National Rifle Association. 

New Business Item 116
Adopted as Modified

NEA will create a sub-category of ethnicity under the race category on NEA360 and conference registration sites to help the association better understand the ethnic makeup of our membership and make sure that the needs of all members are met. They will also provide a report to state leadership detailing the ethnicity breakdowns of our membership. 

New Business Item 117
Adopted as Modified

Through existing vehicles, the NEA will bring awareness to the workload model approach for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel or SISPs (i.e., speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, social workers, library media specialists, and others) and create a policy brief in order to understand the need to decrease caseloads.  In addition, NEA will illustrate the benefits of appropriate SISPs caseloads/workload to its membership by publishing an article on existing forms of communication.

New Business Item 118
Adopted as Modified

The NEA will call on the U.S. government to accept responsibility for the destabilization of Central American countries (including, but not limited to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua), and that this destabilization is a root cause of the recent increase of asylum seekers in the United States. 

New Business Item 119
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA shall advocate for the inclusion of Frederick Douglas', "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" Oration is history and/or language arts classes.

New Business Item 120
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will promote the #AspiringEdLife Week campaign to assist in the program and struggles that educators are facing in their classrooms. Beginning in the spring of 2020, using existing communications resources, NEA will specifically call for clear efforts to demonstrate support for the #AspiringEdLife week across various media platforms.

New Business Item 121
Action Has Been Taken

NEA will create a task force to examine means of data collection on discrimination, harassment, and bullying of members on the basis of race, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation by local and state National Education Association leadership. The task force will also develop a process of grievance submission and accountability, as well as development and dissemination of reporting procedure and protocol.

New Business Item 122
Adopted

NEA will utilize existing resources to compile early career educator programs, communication platforms, and leadership programs and make them digitally available to all members.  This will include national, state, regional, and local opportunities.

New Business Item 123
Defeated

NEA will take a formal stance against Pearson Education, Inc. and its subsidiaries because of their connection to the systematic unraveling of urban and rural school districts through their biased testing practices, questions and so-called full-service wraparound products like America's Choice. 

New Business Item 124
Withdrawn

NEA will utilize existing resources to evaluate the financial burden that Aspiring Educators face by participating in union leadership at the state and national level and publicize their finding.

New Business Item 125
Adopted as Modified

The NEA will consider forming a new, ongoing Arts Committee.  This Committee will seek educational reform to make quality arts education mandatory in public education.  The Committee will also promote and share research regarding the role of arts in student development, as well as curriculum which enriches students' arts education.  Finally, the Committee will work with appropriate federal, state and local agencies toward policies that ensure all children receive education that promotes their self-identify and self-expression through the arts.

New Business Item 126
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will work with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to explore the possibility of securing a reduced fee, perhaps for members participating in a cohort, as a benefit of Association membership, for NEA members pursuing National Board certification. 

New Business Item 127
Defeated

NEA will establish a date during the 2019/2020 school year as an ultimatum for the federal government to take action on the following demands:

  • Green jobs and education instead of youth incarceration;
  • Progressive taxation for racial reparations;
  • Equity in educator salaries and benefits.

These demands would include intentional planning and actions to end the school-to-prison pipeline; stop the detention of immigrant children and family separation; aggressive action to halt and reverse climate change; establishing progressive taxation models to divest funding to racial reparations that include educational programs for ethnic studies and black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC) - centered curriculum and student support services.

If such action is not taken by the date specified, NEA will implement plans to create statewide actions that include, but are not limited to building collective union power and the withholding of labor.

New Business Item 128
Defeated

NEA will review and evaluate other countries' health care systems and U.S. presidential candidates' proposals for creating a sustainable health care system for all, and inform members about their recommendations.

New Business Item 129
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

The NEA will make available to its members and affiliates a list of minority studies coursework available to teachers at accredited colleges and universities across the nation.

New Business Item 130
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

The NEA will work with regional teacher accreditation institutions to investigate the inclusion of one or more minority studies requirements in the licensure/certification of social studies teachers.

New Business Item 131
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

The National Education Association will use existing resources and digital media platforms to promote awareness of secondary/vicarious trauma experienced by educators.

New Business Item 132
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will share the following information among its state affiliates on nea.org:

  1. NEA's historic and current commitment to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification process;
  2. Affiliates that offer programs such as Jump Start and/or a candidate support program as a benefit of membership and organizing opportunity; and
  3. NEA members who have pursued National Board Certification, and the impact their candidacy has had on their instructional practice and Association leadership.

New Business Item 133
Referred to the Annual Meeting Review Committee

NEA shall encourage hotels housing NEA RA delegates to donate excess food during the NEA RA to local organizations that distribute meals to individuals who are food insecure.

New Business Item 134
Adopted as Amended

The NEA will publicize, via existing communication channels, a 100% student loan forgiveness program for educators and ESP's across the country and write a letter to the appropriate Congressional Committee requesting to hold public hearings on the matter.

New Business Item 135
Defeated

NEA will provide a model letter that local associations can use to demand the publication of a standard discipline matrix that is available and accessible to all students, educators, and parents/guardians, and that is applied equally to all students.

New Business Item 136
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Beginning no later than July 1, 2020, the National Education Association will change all new print and online publications, ceasing the use of the phrase "achievement gap," and using the phrase, "education debt," instead.

New Business Item 137
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

The National Education Association (NEA) will create an electronic platform "Educators Elect Educators."  This would include a comprehensive database of all educators running for elected office from around the nation and would allow individuals to make targeted donations.  The database would include the candidates' names, state, and biographical information, and a donation link to each candidates donation webpage.

New Business Item 138
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will open the RA Child Care Center by the first day of the earliest starting pre-conference until the end of business on the last day of the RA.

New Business Item 139
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Using existing resources, NEA will encourage state affiliates to promote teaching of issues related to bias, prejudice, and bigotry, including bullying, through genocide, Holocaust, and human rights curricula in kindergarten through 12th grade in all public schools.

New Business Item 140
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Using existing communication resources, the NEA will publicize the fact that the Childhood Internet Protection Act, which established Internet filters for schools and libraries, does not block hate group and Holocaust denial websites.

New Business Item 141
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA shall review all governing documents and resolutions and make the appropriate edits to replace all gendered language with gender neutral language.

New Business Item 142
Adopted

NEA shall inform, using existing resources, educators and their local/state affiliates about total student absenteeism and expenditures, which represent loss of public investment in our youth. This can later be used as a basis or leverage in local negotiations for increased compensation of educators. 

New Business Item 143
Adopted

NEA will use its existing communication vehicles to educate members and the public about the negative impact of excluding students from academic and extracurricular programs based on their natural hairstyles and from their hair being modified by any school officials, school staff, referees, or any other individuals in a public school or higher education environment.

New Business Item 144
Referred to the Annual Meeting Review Committee

The Annual Meeting Review Committee will find an appropriate space for those nursing to be able to fulfill the needs of their family while actively participating in the business of the NEA.

New Business Item 145
Adopted as Amended

NEA will identify on its website resources that early childhood educators and other school staff can use with families to promote developmentally appropriate healthy and safe practices for young children.

New Business Item 146
Adopted as Modified

The NEA will publicize, through existing channels, inadequate compensation for educators. Compensation must be commensurate with their level of education and/or experience. in this field, so that they can afford to live comfortably where they work.

New Business Item 147
Adopted as Modified

NEA will use its existing  digital resources, and social media resources to promote hiring -- as part of PreK through grade 12 and higher education staff -- mental and physical health professionals, including but not limited to school social workers, learning disabilities teacher consultants, school nurses, and school counselors.

New Business Item 148
Referred to the Annual Meeting Review Committee

NEA will present the opportunity to debate, discuss, and vote in an open, democratic, and effective manner before a vendor is removed from the Representative Assembly.

New Business Item 149
Adopted As Modified

NEA will use existing communication resources to coordinate with the rural community of Piketon, Ohio, and its local school district to inform members and the general public about Zahns Corner Middle School that is permanently closed at this time due to the discovery of radiological contaminants in the school and nearby federal air monitors. The school is located less than two miles away from a former gaseous diffusion plant.

New Business Item 150
Consolidated with NBI 89

Through existing resources and/or a targeted survey, NEA will compile and make available to members guidelines for best practices and model language for advocating federal and state educational code language relating to special education.  This language can then be used by state and local affiliates in state action for appropriate case workload. 

New Business Item 151
Referred to the Appropriate Committee as Modified

Through existing resources, NEA will promote and celebrate October as National Higher Education month to acknowledge higher education professionals who educate, support, and serve students. In addition, NEA shall notify all state affiliates of the celebration by September 2019. 

New Business Item 152
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

NEA will create a ribbon for donors to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education who donate up to $49.00 dollars.

New Business Item 153
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Using existing communication methods, the NEA will publicize characteristics, dangers, and examples of predatory lending practices.

New Business Item 154
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

In cases where locals have both teachers union and ESP unions, the NEA will publish the positive effects of having a liaison from each union to come together to collaborate on issues raised by each union in an effort to better serve our students.  The liaison's term would last one year.

New Business Item 155
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

The NEA and its affiliates will not promote or support Amazon in any way, to include a removal of all giveaways of Amazon gift cards and items purchased from the Amazon Marketplace.  The NEA wll request that NEA Member Benefits do the same.

New Business Item 156
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Using existing staff and communication resources, NEA will more highly promote and publicize the See Educators Run program to attract, engage, and support members wishing to run for office.

New Business Item 157
Adopted as Modified

NEA will seek to collaborate with the National Association of School Nurses(NASN), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH) to co-author a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to promote the strengthening and improvement of the Health and Wellness curricular standards across all states, and to be implemented with the same vigor and accountability as core curricula subjects in early childhood population and beyond.

New Business Item 158
Referred to the Annual Meeting Review Committee

When the NEA RA is held in a state that does not align with our beliefs/resolutions, the NEA will hold a voluntary event (the day before the RA) to support our students, members, and all others impacted who reside in that state to demonstrate our NEA policies and beliefs. We must show solidarity for those who face discrimination.

New Business Item 159
Referred to the Appropriate Committee as Modified

In all communications and public speeches, NEA will include references to its diverse membership, and, on occasion, mention some, if not all of the job classifications PK-12, Higher Education, and Education Support Professionals. 

New Business Item 160
Referred to the Appropriate Committee

Using existing staff and resources, the NEA will conduct a survey of state affiliate presidents to determine the benefits status of their local and state full-time release presidents. The NEA will support, advocate, communicate, and publicize action plans for full-time release presidents so that there will be no diminution of benefits.

Amendment 1
Adopted As Modified

F-8. Salaries and Other Compensation

Amendment 2
Referred to the Resolutions Committee

F-50. Medication and Medical Services in Schools

Amendment 3
Adopted

I-47. Elimination of Discrimination

Amendment 4
Adopted

New I. Indigenous People's Day

Amendment 5
Referred to the Resolutions Committee

New I. Acknowledging Intersectionality in Leadership

Amendment 6
Referred to the Resolutions Committee

C-2. Vaccinations

Amendment 7
Adopted

C-23. Reduction of Gang-Related Crime

Amendment 8
Adopted

New C. Opioid Addiction and Abuse

Amendment 9
Withdrawn

Amendment 10
Withdrawn

Amendment 11
Withdrawn

Amendment 12
Withdrawn

Amendment 13
Adopted

D-18. Professional Development in Behavior Management, Discipline, Order, and Safety