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AMENDMENT TO POLICY STATEMENT ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

AMENDMENT 1

Adopted as Amended

Amend by addition on page 11, line 5, under Design and Operation of Charter Schools, letter (d):

NEA opposes state legislatures from requiring school districts to sell/lease their surplus property. Where districts choose to make such sales, they must be at or above market value.


AMENDMENT 2

Adoped as Amended

Amend by addition on page 11, line 33, under Core Organizational Values, as new letter (c):

c. NEA believes charter schools must not destabilize the funding or strategic planning efforts of school districts. Charter schools must supplement and not supplant existing public schools and their funding nor jeopardize a district’s ability to provide for the needs of all students in the district. All public dollars spent on charters shall be spent transparently with accountability to stakeholders. NEA also supports funding school districts’ mandated costs, such as processing charter petitions; oversight responsibilities, such as responding to appeals; and costs of defending lawsuits by charter schools through state or non-district funds.


AMENDMENT TO POLICY STATEMENT ON KINDERGARTEN AND PREKINDERGARTEN

AMENDMENT 1

Defeated


AMENDMENT TO POLICY STATEMENT ON TEACHER EVALUATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

AMENDMENT 1

Adopted as Amended

Amend by deletion and addition on pages 16-17, lines 53-54 and 1-3, in section (iii):

and teacher defined objectives for individual student growth.; and high High quality developmentally appropriate, standardized tests that provide valid, reliable, timely and meaningful information regarding student learning and growth may be used for quality, formative evaluation. Unless such tests are shown to be developmentally appropriate, scientifically valid, and reliable for the purpose of measuring both student learning and a teacher’s performance, such tests may not be used to support any employment action against a teacher and may be used only to provide non-evaluative formative feedback.Standardized tests, even if deemed valid and reliable, may not be used to support any employment action against a teacher.


AMENDMENT TO POLICY STATEMENT ON DIGITAL LEARNING

AMENDMENT 1

Adopted as Modified

Amend by addition as follows—

On page 19, line 18, under the introduction:

Increasingly, teachers, librarians/media specialists, faculty, and staff are becoming curriculum designers who orchestrate the delivery of content using multiple instructional methods and technologies both within and beyond the traditional instructional day.

On page 20, line 8, under Support and Enhance Educator Professionalism:

All educators—preK-12 and postsecondary teachers, librarians/media specialists, ESPs, and administrators—are essential to student learning and should have access to relevant, high-quality, interactive professional development in the integration of digital learning and the use of technology into their instruction and practice.

On page 21, line 36, under the Definition of Fully Qualified Educators:

The term “educator” includes teachers, librarians/media specialists, and education support professionals in preK-12 public schools, and faculty and staff of higher education institutions.