Monday, the NEA Convention started off in high gear and showed the promise of what good work our union will be doing this week.
First, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia shared her remarks with the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). She spoke eloquently about continuing the fight for public education and caring for our students. She then gave her time to Parkland High School student David Hogg. Hogg talked about making students, families, and faculties safer by enacting gun protections. He stressed that he was not out to end the Second Amendment but to find common sense measures that vast people agree about and pass them. Hogg then went on to give us a call to action to vote this November and make sure that our family and friends do as well.
After getting through some procedural amendments to conduct our business, the RA heard from candidates running for NEA national elected offices. In our union, members decide who lead them by voting by secret ballot. Elections will happen today on both the office positions and NEA Constitutional Amendments. More on those amendments in an update.
The NEA also passed a New Business Item on the separation of immigrant families. The NEA thoroughly rejected the zero-tolerance policies of the Trump administration. This position is a natural extension of our social and racial justice work to stand up for the dignity and respect of all individuals.
Tuesday, the NEA will be voting on such issues as the name of schools with Confederate leaders, increasing awareness of Career Technical Education classes to stop the school-to-prison pipeline, fighting against for-profit charter schools, and encouraging locals to advocate for voter registration efforts of eligible students.