New Business Items
New Business Item A (2019)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 (2019)Defeated
NEA will not schedule any future Representative Assemblies in "Right to Work" states, starting in 2025.
New Business Item 2 (2019)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 (2019)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 (2019)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 (2019)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 (2019)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 (2019)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 (2019)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 (2019)Defeated
NEA shall call for a national teachers’ strike in support of the Green New Deal.