At 2017 NEA Representative Assembly, Educators Vow to Hold Strong, Defend Public Education

Vigorous debates and discussions over social justice, the dangers posed by the Trump-DeVos education agenda, and ending the proliferation of unaccountable charter schools dominated the 96th NEA Representative Assembly (RA) held July 2 – 5 at the Boston Convention Center. While addressing the serious challenges facing students and public education dominated the week, the spirits … Continued

‘A Failed and Damaging Experiment:’ NEA Takes on Unaccountable Charter Schools

At its annual meeting on Tuesday, the educators of the National Education Association drew a sharp new line between charter schools that have a positive effect on public education and those unaccountable, privately managed charter schools that hurt public schools and students. The policy denounces unaccountable charters as a “failed and damaging experiment,” and calls for … Continued

NEA Adopts Charter School Policy Statement

NEA delegates vote to approve new policy on charter schools View NEA’s Policy Statement on Charter Schools The 7,000 delegates to the National Education Association Annual Meeting in Boston overwhelmingly approved a fundamental shift in policy by passing a new policy statement on charter schools. The new NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools will boost … Continued

Her Name is Marley

On Independence Day, a 12-year-old social activist inspires delegates at the NEA Representative Assembly. Day 3 of the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly was kicked off by social activist, author, and middle school dynamo Marley Dias, whose charm, wit, and poetry reading quickly won over the more than 7,000 delegates gathered at the Boston Convention Center. … Continued

California, Oregon Educators Elected to NEA Executive Committee

Vaandering wins first term and Sheridan re-elected to NEA leadership By John Rosales and Celeste Busser The majority of the 7,500 delegates to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly voted July 3 in Boston to elect Oregon teacher Johanna “Hanna” Vaandering and keep California teacher, George Sheridan, on the Executive Committee. Sheridan was first elected … Continued

‘We Must All Stand Together’: NEA Honors Top Educators

On a day that spotlighted how NEA members advance professional practice, the more than 7,000 delegates to the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly celebrated two educators at the top of their profession: NEA Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year Saul Ramos and National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee.

NEA Honors Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton with Friend of Education Award

During Day Two of the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly, LeVar Burton, host of the long-running PBS children’s series, “Reading Rainbow,” and well known actor, director, and author, received NEA’s highest honor, the Friend of Education Award. “I believe that what you have to offer is essential to this nation,” Burton told the assembly of more than 7,500 … Continued

NEA-Retired Elects New President

Sarah Borgman, a member of the NEA-Retired executive council, and past president of the Indiana State Teachers Association-Retired (ISTA-Retired), was elected last Wednesday to lead NEA-Retired, which represents 317,000 retired educators nationwide. Borgman was elected by delegates to the organization’s Annual Meeting, held June 27 and 28 in Boston. She will succeed the current NEA-Retired … Continued

Barbara Matteson receives 2017 Distinguished Service Award from NEA-Retired

In a presentation that is always a highlight of the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting, attendees last week recognized Barbara Matteson as the 2017 winner of the Distinguished Service Award. The recognition, presented annually since 2000, is the organization’s highest honor. Matteson, a member of the Arizona Education Association, was nominated for the award by Julie Horwin, … Continued

Models of Union Strength, Member Advocacy

National Education Association Executive Director John Stocks addresses 7,500 delegates at NEA Representative Assembly. Giving the close of Day One of the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly the feel of an organizing rally, National Education Association Executive Director John Stocks celebrated the student advocacy, member solidarity, and recent victories by NEA state affiliates. “All across the country, you … Continued