|NUMBER 175||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||AUGUST 2000|
NEA's New Business Items Chiefly Political|
CHICAGO, IL - A total of 77 New Business Items (NBIs) were considered at this year's NEA convention, most dealing with fringe political issues. The approved NBI B requires that petitions calling for gun control be distributed by state affiliates (see NEA Takes Aim at 2nd Amendment). Also adopted was NBI 21, which demands that the University of California Regents reverse the ban on affirmative action in the UC system.
Defeated NBIs called for a moratorium on the death penalty and condemned the appointment of Edward G. Rendell as general chairman of the Democratic party. Rendell is the former Philadelphia district attorney who was instrumental in convicting Mumia Abu-Jamal, the accused killer of a policeman. The issue of a new trial for Jamal has been debated at past NEA conventions. Observers say the Jamal NBI sparked a floor fight that was excluded from the NEA's official record.