New Business Item 6Awaiting Debate
NEA will arrange a meeting between leaders who work in the field of Pk-21 Special Education and who are actively involved in Special Education Committee Work or work with the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Education Secretary (Miguel Cardona) and/or the Department of Education to talk about the meaning of Least Restrictive Environment as it pertains to the field of Special Education and appropriate models of inclusion. Furthermore, NEA will advocate and promote the acceptance of the idea that the Least Restrictive Environment is the environment that supports students with Individualized Education Programs to make progress on their IEP goals and should be determined based on the students individual strengths, needs, preferences, and interests, and is often not the environment provided in a full inclusion model.
New Business Item 7Awaiting Debate
NEA will communicate with all of its members in an email and give them an easy option to request to have physical mail from NEA converted into paperless formats of communication. In addition to this NEA will respect members' choices to not receive any physical mail from NEA and stop sending it to the greatest extent possible as allowed by NEA bylaws and policies. The paperless option would also include the option to request to stop NEA sponsored offers we get through the mail to the greatest extent possible according to our bylaws and policies. The communication about options may include tiered options for members such as: 1. request not to receive paper sponsored mail, 2. request all informational mail that does not require member action/response to be sent in digital-formats only, 3. request all physical mail to be converted to digital formats to the greatest extent allowed by NEA bylaws and regulations.
New Business Item 8Awaiting Debate
NEA will use its resources to contact state association leadership and committee members and ask for their help in order to create an easily accessible document for our members that lists the various state committees and committee members. The document will list the names of state committee members by committee subject and include their contact information (email) with their consent.
New Business Item 9Awaiting Debate
NEA will conduct research and publish an article about alternative pathways to graduation for students who experience moderate to severe impacts as a result of their exceptionalities and who are in self contained programs or special education classes for 25% or more of their school day. NEA will post this article on online platforms, publish in the NEA Today and send it to all state affiliates to disseminate to its members. In addition to this NEA will advocate for the creation of pathways to graduation for students who experience moderate to severe impacts from their exceptionalities by helping to set up meetings about this between its member leaders in the field of Special Education and the Education Secretary and/or the Department of Education and will support this effort in practical ways.
New Business Item 10Awaiting Debate
NEA will endorse the Educational Equity Now non profit organization by publicly promoting their work on online platforms and/or publishing an article about the work of this organization and/or making an official statement of support for the work being done by this non-profit.
New Business Item 11Awaiting Debate
NEA will use online platforms to raise awareness about the impact of period poverty (the lack of access to menstrual supplies) on our students.
New Business Item 12Awaiting Debate
NEA will publish a one-page advertisement in up to two issues of the print issue of NEA Today and/or to the appropriate online/mobile platform inviting members to join as Pre-Retired subscribers and providing the benefits of Active members joining as Pre-Retired subscribers. NEA will also similarly publish a one-page advertisement in up to two issues of the print issue of NEA Today and/or to the appropriate online/mobile platform inviting members to join as NEA-Retired members and providing the benefits of NEA-Retired membership.
New Business Item 13Awaiting Debate
NEA will form and lead a committee of 12-15 people that includes members from some of the other larger national unions in the country to discuss and address the issues of police unions. The committee will ensure that racial justice is always centered in its discussions and that efforts are made to distinguish between police unions and the rest of the labor movement. The committee will make recommendations to the labor movement on what role we should play in putting an end to police unions’ ability to protect violent cops, harmful policing practices, and racist policies that too often lead to the terrorizing and deaths of our students and their family members. These recommendations will be shared via email to state affiliates and via posting on the appropriate NEA website one month before submissions are due for the 2022 NEA Representative Assembly.
New Business Item 14Awaiting Cost
NEA will work with local state associations to increase cultural competency in their leadership by encouraging executive board members of all local unions to attend NEA/state and local affiliate created workshops, professional developments, or presentations on anti-racism and cultural competency in order to promote a more equitable environment for all union members.
In addition to this, NEA will work with affiliate member groups to ensure that member created and led workshops/PD sessions/presentations about anti-racism are available for all members. NEA will encourage and collaborate with affiliates to compensate members who create and lead these trainings.
New Business Item 15Awaiting Debate
NEA shall, using existing channels, including social media platforms, the NEA website, NEA Today, video and other media, publicize awareness, advocacy, accommodations and support tools specifically for students and educators with invisible disabilities.This will be an ongoing effort, with NEA's social and print media platforms lifting up and celebrating individuals with Invisible Disabilities during Invisible Disabilities Week, October 17th-23rd, 2021.