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About NEA Resolutions

NEA Resolutions are formal expressions of opinion, intent, belief, or position of the Association. Resolutions set forth general concepts in clear, concise language. They are intended to be broad in nature, stating the wide-ranging positions of the Association positively and without ambiguity.

Resolutions are not action-oriented, and are not specifically funded by NEA. However, no Association activity is funded if it is inconsistent with any resolution. NEA resolutions are implemented through activities in the budget adopted by the NEA Representative Assembly and through the interpretation and enunciation of the Association’s commitment and position by NEA leaders and staff.

Resolutions are arranged into 10 lettered sections A through J, each representing a goal area as stated in the Preamble of NEA’s Constitution. Here is an outline of the goal areas and subsections contained in the NEA Resolutions document.

  1. Serve as National Voice for Education
    • Public Perceptions of Education
    • Financing of Public Education
    • Quality Education
  2. Advance Cause of Public Education for All Individuals
    • Lifelong Learning
    • Educational Equity
    • Specific Programs for Individuals
    • Curriculum Content
    • Learning Issues Not Related to Specific Disciplines
  3. Promote Health and Welfare of Children and/or Students
    • Health, Welfare, Safety
    • Family, School, Community Welfare
    • Student Rights/Concerns 
  4. Promote Professional Excellence Among Educators
    • Professional Preparation
    • Appropriate Staffing
    • Professional Development
    • Competency
  5. Gain Recognition of the Basic Importance of the Educator in the Learning Process
    • Academic Freedom
  6. Protect Rights of Education Employees and Advance Their Interests and Welfare, and Promote, Support, and Defend Public Employees’ Right to Collective Bargaining
    • Pay Equity/Comparable Worth
    • Collective Bargaining Process
    • Bargaining Issues
    • Protection of Education Employees
    • Retirement/Social Security
  7. Secure Professional Autonomy
    • Professional Standards, Certification, Licensure
    • Accreditation
  8. Unite Education Employees for Effective Citizenship
    • Citizenship Rights
    • Citizenship Responsibilities
  9. Promote and Protect Human and Civil Rights
    • International Rights
    • Human and Civil Rights
    • Rights and Freedoms
    • Protection from Violent Acts
    • Observances
    • Rights of Specific Groups
    • Opposition to All Forms of Discrimination
    • Integration and Desegregation
  10. Obtain for Members the Benefits of an Independent, United Education Profession
    • Strong Effective Associations/Affiliates
    • Membership Participation
    • Global Education Profession


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