It is no secret the National Education Association is highly involved in promoting one brand of political activism in K-12 public schools. In addition, it is widely known the NEA and state affiliates provide financial contributions and support to political candidates from the School Board level to US President.
NEA New Business item 30, 2017 ADOPTED AS AMENDED
In partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, ACLU GLSEN, National Center for Trans-Equality Human Rights Campaign, and any other legal and human rights groups of related concerns, NEA will track incidents of discrimination, racism, homophobia, and transphobia, as well as anti-semitism, Islamophobia, and all other forms of religious discrimination, (editors' note: except Christians) and bigotry in our public schools. the data will be shared with districts to educate and eradicate hate through the development of programs that include but are not limited to, training on unconscious bias, culturally responsive instruction, and the anti-defamation league. Cost: $60,500
“The well-rounded education that all students deserve includes a deep appreciation for citizenship and its core right and responsibility: voting…We are getting voter registration tools out to members through the NEA EdJustice League, our new avenue for building power and making our voices heard in communities across the nation. (By the way: The NEA Edjustice League offers a variety of ways you can connect with other activists in your area on lots of issues. Click here for more info.)”
NEA New Business item 36, 2017 ADOPTED AS AMENDED
NEA shall, using existing digital media, post a list of known individuals with businesses who are committed to refusing services to same-sex couples and/or LGBTQ individuals. NEA can access a list of these individuals and their businesses from organizations such as THINKPROGRESS.org. Southern Poverty Law Center, and Human Rights Campaign, and share it with all state and local affiliates on NEA.org.
The NEA opposes choice in education including Charter schools. “The theory that charter competition will improve public schools has been conclusively refuted.”
View NEA Policy Statements 2018-2019 here.
View NEA Policy Statements 2019-2020 here.
NEA 2019 Convention
The 2019 NEA Convention held in Houston, TX revealed a lack of support for a motion pledging the NEA would “re-dedicate itself to the pursuit of increased student learning in every public school in America.” Tammy Smith, AK submitted Business Item 2: The National Education Association will re-dedicate itself to the pursuit of increased student learning in every public school in America by putting a renewed emphasis on quality education. NEA will make student learning the priority of the Association. NEA will not waiver in its commitment to student learning by adopting the following lens through which we will assess every NEA program and initiative: How does the proposed action promote the development of students as lifelong reflective learners?”
When put to a vote of 6,000 NEA delegates, the motion failed.
The obvious political involvement and bias demonstrated by the organization is evident in their support of numerous issues.
According to American Enterprise Institute, Deputy Director, Education Policy Studies, Nat Malkus, “Over the course of the convention, the delegates endorsed ‘the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade,’ enthused over reparations for slave descendants, and called on the US government to ‘accept responsibility for the destabilization’ of Central American countries and that this destabilization is ‘a root cause of the recent increase of asylum seekers in the United States.’
And that’s not all. They also voted in favor of helping with the 2020 Census, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and teaching the concept of ‘White Fragility’ (which they explain is produced by “white supremacy culture”) in NEA professional development. Put together, the voting record from this year’s convention makes it pretty clear where NEA delegates’ priorities lie.
A similar focus was evident in the NEA conference agenda. During the convention, there were breakout sessions on topics like ‘Racial and Social Justice,’ ‘Ethnic and Minority Affairs,’ and ‘Women’s Issues.’ Along with those discussions, delegates heard from a smorgasbord of progressive left warriors like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill de Blasio. Meanwhile, per the convention agenda, there wasn’t a single session devoted to curriculum and instruction, nor raising student test scores.”
Teachers have rights, too!
"It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their Constitutional Rights to freedom of speech or expression at the school house gate."
US Supreme Court, Tinker vs. Des Moines School District, 1969
In her book Standing Up to Goliath, Rebecca Friedrichs, exposes state and national teachers' unions as the money and muscle behind the degradation of America's schools and culture. She recounts her 30-year odyssey as an elementary school teacher who comes face to face with the forces dividing and corrupting our schools and culture.
Rebecca and nine other teachers went to the US Supreme Court where their case, Friedrichs v California Teachers Association, et al., sought to restore the First Amendment rights of all teachers and government employees. They argued no one should be forced to pay fees to abusive, politically driven unions and were poised to change the very landscape of American education - until tragedy struck.
Rebecca sates, “It is no secret state and national teachers' unions: