NEA Delegates Vote on Key Issues, Defend Public Education
Members Celebrate NEA’s Involvement 26th Amendment Passage
July 04, 2011
By Will Potter
The 90th NEA Representative Assembly completed another day of deliberation and action on a number of significant policy issues as delegates voted on key issues on Monday that will help NEA and its affiliates fight back against attacks on public education.
Delegates approved a policy statement on teacher evaluation and accountability. It puts NEA on the record, for the first time, as calling for a comprehensive overhaul of teacher evaluation and accountability systems to advance student learning.
Also on Monday, the 2011 Education Support Professional of the Year, Ernest “Jameel” Williams addressed the Representative Assembly. Mr. Williams is a bus driver and teacher’s assistant for Vance County Schools in Henderson, N.C., who is active in his local and in his community. His colleagues have said the he exemplifies the strong bridges that ESPs create between their schools and their community. Williams told the RA, "We must put aside our personal and petty differences based solely on job titles" and unite for our professional survival.
Delegates honored international guests as well. Mary-Lou Donnelly president of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, urged delegates to help strengthen international partnerships.
In addition to the business of the RA, delegates also celebrated the 4th of July with a special program of music and honored guests. NEA members played a vital role in the passage of the 26th amendment, which, lowered the voting age to 18.
This Independence Day, delegates paid tribute to these “Project 18” educators who made that possible, and to the young people who are using their voting rights to ensure every child receives a quality public education.
As the NEA Representative Assembly winds down, be sure check out this behind-the-scenes video tour.