What Is an NEA Resolution?
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.
What Are the Ten NEA Goal Areas?
NEA resolutions are arranged into 10 lettered sections, A through J:
- Serve as National Voice for Education
- Advance Cause of Public Education for All Individuals
- Promote Health and Welfare of Children and/or Students
- Promote Professional Excellence Among Educators
- Gain Recognition of the Basic Importance of the Educator in the Learning Process
- Protect Rights of Education Employees and Advance Their Interests and Welfare, and Promote, Support, and Defend Public Employees’ Right to Collective Bargaining
- Secure Professional Autonomy
- Unite Education Employees for Effective Citizenship
- Promote and Protect Human and Civil Rights
- Obtain for Members the Benefits of an Independent, United Education Profession
Each resolution section has one or several subsections. The 2020-2021 resolutions are available here.
How Can I Help Shape NEA Resolutions?
Each year, the NEA Standing Committee on Resolutions seeks and receives input from a broad range of the Association’s membership, including online solicitation of proposed amendments and new resolutions, and an annual open hearing on resolutions for NEA delegates in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly.
To help shape NEA policy statements, you can:
- Review the process for crafting and amending NEA resolutions, below.
- Submit a question to the Resolutions Committee.
- Propose an amendment to the resolutions.
How NEA Resolutions Are Crafted and Amended
The NEA Resolutions document represents the collective decisions of the Association’s three million members nationwide. Each year the NEA Standing Committee on Resolutions seeks and receives input from a broad range of the Association’s membership, including online solicitation of proposed amendments and new resolutions, and an open hearing on resolutions conducted each year for NEA delegates in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly.
The Resolutions Committee is primarily tasked with the annual preparation and presentation of all proposed resolutions for adoption by the NEA Representative Assembly. The committee carefully considers each proposed amendment or new resolution that it receives from members across the country. All proposed changes to the NEA Resolutions that are approved by majority vote of the committee are then transmitted to the more than 7,000 elected delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly for final consideration.
This highly democratic process ensures that NEA resolutions consistently convey the consensus of NEA members for all of the positions that the Association may take on education and social justice issues.
About the Resolutions Committee
Members of the NEA Standing Committee on Resolutions are elected from among their respective state delegations to the NEA Representative Assembly and other constituencies in the categories of Active, Aspiring Educator, and Retired members.
The NEA president appoints a five member Internal Editing Committee, including a chairperson, which is responsible for coordinating the annual work of the Resolutions Committee. The president also appoints additional at-large members to the committee to ensure proportionate representation of education support professionals, classroom teachers in higher education, and administrators.