NEA Convention Briefs
NEA delegates defeated performance pay, derailing an attempt by leadership to soften the union's stance on the issue. The delegates' language for Resolution F-9 explicitly rejects all systems of compensation based on performance evaluations of education employees.
Sen. Edward Kennedy received the NEA's annual Friend of Education Award. Delegates were informed that "every major education law passed since the 1960s has borne Kennedy's imprint," including Head Start, ESEA, Goals 2000 and the Class Size Reduction Act.
Where were the Republicans? A convention observer told Education Reporter that the Republican booth, unlike most others, remained largely unmanned throughout the proceedings. When she attempted to take photos of the booth, she was stopped and questioned by floor personnel. A handout from the NEA Republican Educators' Caucus stated: "We do not support any form of legislation that would take public funds to support private schools. As advocates for children and our schools, we must let the public know that vouchers and private charter schools are not the 'quick fix' for changing education."
NEA-PAC raised $1,036,332 at the convention, an average of more than $105 per delegate. (Source: Education Intelligence Agency.)