THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS
NEA Touts Victories in 105th
Congress and Plans for 106th
At its 1998 annual convention in July, the NEA took credit for legislative victories in the 105th Congress and then presented its legislative priorities for the 106th Congress.
The victories include:
- Passage of the newly reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Adoption by the Federal Communications Commission of the Clinton Administration's $2.25 billion program to connect schools and libraries to the Internet (which is now under Congressional scrutiny).
- Approval of the FY 1998 budget that includes a $3.3 billion increase for federal education programs.
- Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act.
The NEA gloated over the defeat in California of what it called "anti-worker legislation," the Paycheck Protection Act, claiming that this initiative (Proposition 226) "would have silenced NEA member voices in the political arena."
The NEA pledged to continue to advance its Quality Public Schools Agenda, which includes the following five goals: safety and order in every school; every child ready to learn; every school building in good condition; every student's classroom connected to new technologies; and a quality, state-certified/licensed teacher in every classroom.