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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Secretary of Education Duncan Addresses NEA, CEA Delegates

An estimated audience of nearly 5,000 members of the National Education Association gathered to participate in the latest stop on Federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s “Listening Tour”. Included in the audience were Columbus Education Association President Rhonda Johnson, Vice-President Sally Oldham, the Association’s Board of Governors and local delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.

Introducing Secretary Duncan, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel noted the stark differences in the national education landscape. “The fact that the President is listening and accessible to 3.2 million educators,” said President Van Roekel, “shows what a difference a year makes.”

Secretary Duncan repeatedly referenced cooperation and collaboration between teachers and administrators throughout his speech.

“You must be full partners and leaders in education reform,” he told the audience of education professionals. “The key to making progress begins with respect for the labor/management relationship.”

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CEA Delegates Arrive at NEA Annual Convention

Delegates for the Columbus Education Association have arrived in San Diego, California to participate in the NEA’s Annual Convention.

President Rhonda Johnson, Vice-President Sally Oldham, District 1 Governor Greg Goodlander and High School Governor-At-Large attended the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) earlier in the week.

NCUEA’s membership base includes over 300 local chapters of the National Education Association, as well as a number of merged NEA-AFT local affiliates. Delegates to the Council received reports from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle and NEA’s Chief Counsel Bob Chanin.

During the course of the business agenda, the Council approved the 2009-2010 budget. A number of NCUEA New Business Items (NBIs) were approved. Several of those NBIs directed the Council to submit NBIs to the NEA to be voted on by the more than 9,000 members of the Representative Assembly.

Columbus Education Association delegates will be in attendance at Federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s town hall meeting tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. PST.