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NEA approved a plan to "zealously advocate for national health care reform that is consistent with the policies, resolutions, and legislative programs of the NEA and its state affiliates." Annually since 1978, NEA has reaffirmed a resolution in favor of a "single-payer health care plan for all residents of the United States, its territories, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico." The new plan, this year's New Business Item C, indicates that NEA will throw more political weight behind the push for socialized medicine.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to NEA and challenged teachers to be "willing to change." Duncan spoke favorably of merit pay for teachers, based partly on student performance — a measure the union adamantly opposes. In response to a request which delegates presented in New Business Item 58, NEA president Dennis Van Roekel said he would write to Duncan and ask him to "clarify his remarks about testing and teacher effectiveness."

NEA members attending the Representative Assembly contributed $1,625,289 to the union's PAC at the assembly. NEA will use this money to lobby for items embraced in the union's legislative agenda.

For the second year in a row, a delegate from the floor of the Representative Assembly moved that NEA ban the Creation Science Educators Caucus from hosting an information table at the convention. The motion failed, with some NEA delegates even clapping when a speaker against the motion asked, "What is this? Christians are now the enemies of the NEA?" (Baptist Messenger, 7-6-09)

Delegates voted down New Business Item 66, which would have required the union to make public the salaries and benefits its executive officers receive. The California delegate who introduced the NBI said that when she asked her local and state affiliates to provide this information, they did not respond.

August 2009 Education Reporter
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