Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Today was the last day of the RA and therefore the last Ohio caucus. The caucus always ends with some ceremonial items, including recognitions of departing delegates and thanks for those who make the caucus work. But the business of the caucus is to study proposals scheduled to come to the RA floor, and that meant that Ohio delegates spent much of their time considering positions to take regarding the 33 NBIs still remaining on the RA agenda.
The caucus had an interesting time with NBI 80. The steering committee initially moved to oppose the NBI, but the caucus overruled the NBI and supported it. This item, which the RA passed, “directs the NEA President to denounce blatant age discrimination occurring across the United States, as veteran educators are targeted for dismissal by school superintendents and administrators who, under the guise of ‘improvement plans,’ often subject these educators to harassment-style management.”
The caucus supported, and RA delegates later approved, NBI 93, which provides that “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.” Twinsburg delegate and Ohio NEA Director André Taylor spoke in favor of the NBI.
The final credentials report declared that the RA had consisted of 8,231 delegates and 4,477 guests and staff, for a total of 12, 708.
Delegates heard from elected at-large NEA Directors, Executive Committee members, and officers, and also from Len Paolillo of Massachusetts, who, ironically, had been elected in 2008 without Ohio’s support and was defeated in 2011 with it.
The 2011 RA adjourned at 7:07 PM. On to Washington in 2012!