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In the NEA, this is what democracy looks like.

December 24, 2011

At the NEA convention in Chicago last year, we delegates voted in support of New Business Item 93.

NEA will publicly oppose Teach for America (TFA) contracts when they are used in Districts where there is no teacher shortage or when Districts use TFA agreements to reduce teacher costs, silence union voices, or as a vehicle to bust unions.

More than the precise wording of the NBI itself was the sense (common sense I would say) that Teach For America has become a tool of corporate reformers to undermine teacher unions and teacher contracts.

Here we are less than six months since NBI 93 was adopted by the 10,000 delegates at the NEA RA, and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel is co-writing columns on teacher quality with the Wendy Kopp, head of TFA.

Apparently NEA votes don’t mean much to NEA leaders.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2011 6:58 pm

    I, too, found this odd. On the surface, we’re all for professionalism and teacher leadership. But what steps are TFA & NEA (i.e. Roekel) taking to 1) ID social inequities OUTSIDE of our schools or 2) foster and sustain teacher leadership? Read the post on the blog — comments welcome!
    -Gamal (AFT Brethren) Sherif
    Philly-town, PA

  2. December 25, 2011 11:58 am

    Thanks for posting this. The NEA, and here in Michigan, the MEA, have a lot to answer for.

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