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Education Reporter
NUMBER 163 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS AUGUST 1999

NEA Convention Briefs

NEA Giveaways
NEA Convention giveaways included condoms and GLC erasers.
The Gay & Lesbian Caucus (GLC) is a very powerful pressure group with-in the NEA. Its annual dinner attracts the union's top leaders, including President Bob Chase. Caucus membership has increased from 200+ in 1993 to more than 700 in 1999. The caucus works to introduce public school curricula supportive of gay and lesbian lifestyles, but its agenda is advanced under the guise of teaching safety, tolerance, and nondiscrimination.

The NEA Health Information Network (HIN) is heavily funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal agency. At the HIN convention booth, free condoms were aggressively passed out, sometimes by the box.

NEA Government Relations staffer, Jerry Caruthers, appealed to delegates to "dig deep to support the NEA Political Action Committee." The new name for NEA-PAC is the "NEA Fund for Children and Public Education." Caruthers told delegates at a Democratic Caucus breakfast: "I know that you want to give to the Democratic party, but you have a party also, and that is the NEA." The two-year fundraising goal for NEA-PAC is $7.7 million.



 
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