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New Business Item 1 (2017)
Adopted

That NEA will make available through the NEA website an ongoing updated list of companies and organizations that the NEA is boycotting with a brief explanation as to why they are being boycotted.

New Business Item 2 (2017)
Adopted As Amended

The NEA will conduct a review of existing research, data, and information about Online Credit Recovery Programs (OCRP) that were recently being used in various school districts across the nation, noting the following:

  • Instructional method (hybrid or blended), or 100% online. If blended or hybrid what is the percent of in-person curriculum based instruction by a certified teacher?
  • Is it based on research? If it is based on research, then is it independently corroborated?

The review will be posted on nea.org.

New Business Item 3 (2017)
Adopted

The NEA will continue to advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) students and educators by taking the following actions to counter the continuing backlash against LGBTQ individuals

  1. Call upon our members and society to promote a culture of safety, support, and affirmation that ensures civil rights and advocacy for LGBTQ members and students, including adopting policies that respect the civil rights of all educators and students, inclusive of transgender students and educators.
  2. Provide tools for affiliates and members to use at the state and local level to gain or secure protections for LGBTQ individuals at work and in schools.
  3. Convene periodic webinars for state and local affiliates and members (in the fall, winter, and spring) to provide updates as to the current status of state and local protections as well as models for actions that can be taken at the state and local level to increase protections.
  4. Provide legislative support and resources to state affiliates and tools for local affiliates to use in advocating for increased LGBTQ protections.
  5. Continue to actively participate in the legal efforts to secure full civil rights for LGBTQ individuals by filing amicus curiae briefs in support of challenges to anti-LGBTQ legislative and policy initiatives and in support of ensuring full civil rights protections for LGBTQ individuals.
  6. Evaluate eliminating states and cities as acceptable locations for future NEA meetings if the state or city adopts a law or ordinance that licenses discrimination against students and educators based on their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

New Business Item 4 (2017)
Adopted As Modified

NEA-Retired requests that NEA draft model legislation that can be used in every state to address current concerns such as eliminating gerrymandering, reversing right to work, or preserving pensions.

New Business Item 5 (2017)
Referred to the Appropriate Committee As Amended

We call upon the NEA, as a member of the labor community, to explore how we could use existing funds to promote solidarity amongst all labor communities through actions such as

  • Declaring that an attack on one of our labor groups is an attack on ALL of our labor groups.
  • Working together with other organized labor unions, including, but not limited to, United Steelworkers (USW), United Automobile Workers (UAW), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Nurses, Firefighters, Peace Officers and many others.
  • Standing united against any action that would diminish our rights or the rights of any of our brothers and sisters in the greater labor community.
  • Providing support, including but not limited to, walking picket lines, providing crisis funds, and other assistance as needed with all labor unions who are faced with uncertainty based off of the whims of local, state, and federal governments.

New Business Item 6 (2017)
Adopted

I move that NEA investigate the feasibility of using otherwise empty charter buses that are being contracted for RA use from outside of the host city to transport local and state delegates along the buses’ routes to the RA site.

New Business Item 7 (2017)
Adopted

The NEA shall, using existing research and available sources, publish an article in the NEA Today providing the best available information on connections between the school-to-prison pipeline and the government’s practice of privatization of prisons, juvenile detention centers, and immigration detention centers. This article will also share examples of efforts that have successfully reduced, reversed, or ended these privatization schemes.

New Business Item 9 (2017)
Adopted As Modified

I move that NEA create a training module on trauma-informed instruction that can be accessed by state and local affiliates. This module will be based on best practices and utilize the trauma-informed educational efforts current NEA affiliates are practicing.

New Business Item 10 (2017)
Adopted As Modified

I move that NEA will create articles using existing digital resources to inform members of the detrimental effects of student random searches.

That the NEA, where feasible and allowable by NEA policies and guidelines, upon the request of the local and/or state affiliate, provide guidance on student privacy and model school board resolutions to challenge and prevent these degrading actions.

New Business Item 11 (2017)
Adopted

The NEA will publish, through its digital media properties, its strong opposition to forced migration and deportations through through its digital media properties. In order to educate NEA and community members about the detrimental effects forced migration and deportations have on people, this publication should include, but not be limited to, stories about and histories of

  • Forced migrations and deportations, both past and present.
  • How children’s lives are detrimentally affected directly and indirectly through forced migration and deportations.
  • U.S. military veterans deported after serving in the U.S. military.
  • Why people flee their home countries, including war, famine, and imbalanced treaties such as NAFTA.

And, statistics on

  • Numbers and ethnicities of deportees over time.
  • Crime statistics, including type of crimes committed by the undocumented immigrants vs. citizens.
  • Numbers of refugees and migrant patterns worldwide.
  • Who is affected by immigration laws and policies and how they are affected.