Well, readers, it was a wild ride: This year's National Education Association convention was full of twists and turns. We're happy that you were able to follow along with our coverage here at Education Week's Teacher Beat blog. There are a few loose ends that I wanted to follow up on before we return to our regularly scheduled programming. I mentioned many of them in my "preview" item from a week ago, and didn't want you to think I had forgotten about them. • At Intercepts, Mike Antonucci notes an NEA development that somehow got lost in all the action this...
In the union's strongest stance yet against the popular alternative-certification program, National Education Association delegates approved an item that accuses TFA of taking jobs from other teachers.
Internal caucuses within the NEA pushed for changes to its teacher-evaluation proposal.
I've been getting lots of queries about the NEA's new teacher-evaluation policy, and the best way to address this is to list some of the common assertions I'm reading out there and to try to parse their "truthiness." Without further ado: The policy statement adds nothing new to NEA's position on evaluations. FALSE. Your intrepid blogger dragged NEA's 450-page handbook all the way to Chicago for just this kind of question! And under perusal, I found that current resolution D-20, which governs existing policy on teacher evaluation is fairly unspecific as to what should be reviewed in evaluations. The new ...
Despite a lot of hand-wringing, delegates to the National Education Association's Representative Assembly approved an early endorsement for President Barack Obama, and by a good margin.
NEA affiliates can in theory but not yet in practice use test scores as part of a teacher's evaluation.
Confetti cannons at the NEA's Fourth of July celebration!
UPDATED Here at the 2011 NEA Representative Assembly, we've reached the cutoff for new business items and we now have the full list available. Most of them toe the line of years past (support for national-board certification, condemnation of "privatization"), but there are a few that caught my eye. Here's a list of four to watch: • New Business Item 37, which just passed a few moments ago, calls on NEA to inform members about the "anti-public education agenda behind the ill-informed intrusion of billionaires on education." (The NEA's independent foundation, by the way, receives funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates...
The delegates voted down New Business Item 22, which would have required the union to call for Education Secretary Arne Duncan's ouster. That doesn't mean they're happy with him, though.
Ever wonder how the state affiliates keep their members in line on votes on new business items and the like?