Notes from Camp: Friday, July 5, 2013

By this point in the proceedings, the RA sessions–and especially the caucuses–have settled into a pretty stable routine. This morning’s caucus was an example. Proceedings moved along efficiently. At the end of the caucus on Thursday, the Ohio delegation had taken positions on 23 of the 93 NBIs submitted this year; by the end of today’s session, the caucus had considered and taken positions on 43.

We found ourselves receiving plenty of compliments about last night’s event at Agatha’s – a Taste for Mystery. This started out as our usual NEOEA Night, but we enjoyed having four other OEA districts (ECOEA, NCOEA, NWOEA, and SEOEA) joining us, as well as individual guests from several other parts of the state. We were even able to welcome newly-reelected NEA Director Pam Mikkelson, from Minnesota.

After the caucus we gathered NEOEA delegates for the annual “class picture.” The NEOEA hoodies made quite a sea of blue in the picture.

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From there, delegates headed to the GWCC for the consideration of NBIs and other items. By the time the NBIs were done for the day, delegates had dealt with 39 of the 93 submitted NBIs. (You can see them and find out what action the delegates took by going to nea.org/grants/33354.htm). The stage posts a running total of the estimated cost of NBIs passed, and at the end of the day that total stood at $119,706.

Delegates then considered amendments to the NEA Legislative Program. They approved many important changes, including a call for universal background checks for firearms purchases; reference to “learning” rather than “achievement” in several places in the document; access to federal benefits for all legally-married individuals; and amendments endorsing the addition of the arts to STEM programs (creating what are sometimes called STEAM programs). The Legislative Program and its amendments can be found at nea.org/grants/33761.htm.

One day left!

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About neoeaxd

Bill Lavezzi serves as Executive Director of the North Eastern Ohio Education Association. NEOEA is a professional association of educators consisting of the nearly 31,000 members of the 192 local OEA and NEA affiliates in northeastern Ohio. Founded in 1869 as the North Eastern Ohio Teachers Association, NEOEA took its present name in 1989 in recognition of the diversity of its members.
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