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Next at the RA: Welcoming a New Friend; Saluting a True One

What to Expect on July 6, 2009 — Day 4 of the 2009 RA

Delegates gather today for the final two business sessions of the 2009 NEA Representative Assembly, to welcome and honor Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond with the 2009 NEA Friend of Education Award, and to say goodbye to the Association’s remarkable, long-serving General Counsel  Bob Chanin.

Dr. Hammond-Darling, the Charles E. Ducommon Professor of Education at Stanford University and an education advisor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, is a strong proponent of teacher-led education reform. "Bureaucratic solutions to problems of practice will always fail because effective teaching is not routine, students are not passive, and questions of practice are not simple, predictable, or standardized,” she noted in her award-winning book, The Right to Learn.

Over his 41 years at NEA, Bob Chanin has been instrumental in the growth of the Association into the most powerful union in the country. In addition to his legal work in the courts, including arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, he has helped write collective bargaining laws for a dozen states and crafted contract language that serves as a model for local teacher and ESP unions across the nation. And, of course, he has served as legal adviser to the RA.

Topping the delegates’ to-do list for the day: debate and action on the report of the Resolutions Committee, action on the 2008-2010 Strategic Plan and Budget, and decisions on the remaining XX New Business Items. The close of the morning session is the deadline for submission of proposed amendments to the NEA Constitution for action in 2010. Proposed amendments to the Constitution for vote in 2010 will be presented before the end of the second business session.

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