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|NUMBER 127||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||AUGUST 1996|
|NEA Passes Non-Academic Resolutions|
Delegates to the 1996 NEA Convention passed many resolutions that have nothing to do with educating children. These non-academic resolutions put the NEA on record as supporting statehood for the District of Columbia, socialized medicine, and tax-funded "creative [i.e., obscene] expression" by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The NEA opposes making English our official U.S. language or having a moment of silence in schools (i.e., because students might pray).
By New Business Item 4, the NEA convention ordered its staff to "create an annual recognition award to be given to two public school employees who develop curriculums that combat hate groups." The motion did not say what kind of "hate groups" are referred to, but it is possible that it refers to parents groups that object to bad curricula. The NEA has for some time been on the warpath against the so-called "religious right." The NEA publishes "Extremism Watch" to monitor the religious right and school choice efforts.
New Business Item 2 is one of several resolutions that reveal the NEA's animus against any competition for the public schools. This item orders the NEA staff to "publish a list of all identified corporations, and their subsidiaries, who subcontract or privatize public school employee positions and/or services." This listing smacks of intimidation.
Another non-academic resolution, New Business Item 14, attacks and threatens to boycott Shell Oil Company for alleged environmental pollution in Nigeria.