Archives for July 2010

Representing our members at the 2010 NEA RA: Conclusion

At 7:24 P.M. on Tuesday, Jul, 7, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel pounded the gavel, concluding the  2010 NEA Representative Assembly. Over the course of the past four days, more than 8,000 delegates (including 34 from the Columbus Education Association) debated more than 80 New Business Items (NBIs) received a wide variety of reports from NEA Officers and staff, voted on Bylaw Amendments, Constitutional Amendments and candidates for a variety of elected positions within NEA.

To learn more about the business of the 2010 Representative Assembly, click on the link below.

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NEA President Dennis Van Roekel delivers 2010 NEA RA Keynote

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel delivers his keynote address at the 2010 RA. Image: NEA Public Relations

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel delivered his keynote address to more than 8,100 delegates at the 2010 NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Calling the time since the last NEA RA meeting a “tough year”, Van Roekel admitted to being inspired by the historic inauguration of Barak Obama.

“Yes, we were ready for change, and we had hope.” said Van Roekel. “A few things got in the way of that hope and the change.”

He went on to cite the economic crisis, a “freefall of confidence in American institutions” and “the way the politics of anger distorted the politics of promise.”

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Representing our members: CEA Delegates at the NEA RA: July 3, 2010

CEA delegates at the Ohio caucus before the start of the first day of the 2010 NEA RA. Photo: Robert Hern.

Delegates from the Columbus Education Association (CEA) attended the third Ohio caucus on the morning of July 3, 2010. The group listened to speeches from candidates running for National Education Association (NEA) positions. Ohio delegation members then turned toward electing six members to sit on the NEA Resolutions Committee.  

The Committee reviews proposed additions or amendments to NEA’s Resolutions. NEA’s Standing Rules define resolutions as “formal expressions of opinion, intent, belief or position of the Association.” Resolutions that are reviewed by this committee are then reported on at the following NEA Representative Assembly (RA).  The Resolutions Committee safeguards the formal review process that allows NEA RA delegates to maintain and revise the institutional beliefs of NEA.

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