The NEA denied a press pass to a reporter for the Education Reporter after first putting us on the list to receive one. An NEA official phoned our Washington office and said our press pass was revoked because we are ďa special interest group." But our reporters were creative enough to gain admittance anyway.
"Acceptance" rather than "tolerance"? The NEA Convention adopted New Business Item 52 calling on the NEA to "use and promote Ďacceptanceí and/or 'respect' instead of 'tolerance' where appropriate when referring to how one should relate to race, religious, sexual orientation, and other differences."
NEA opposes the use of IDs in order to vote. The convention approved Legislative Amendment 6 to oppose the use of voter ID in U.S. elections. However, in order to vote in NEA elections held during the convention, delegates were required to show photo ID. Apparently itís more important to prevent voter fraud in an election for the NEA Board of Directors than in an election for U.S. President or Members of Congress.
NEA worries about citizen and media criticism. The convention approved New Business Item 33 to create a committee to explore creating a website to defend public education against negative propaganda in the media.
NEA Convention delegates raised $1,527,459 for the unionís Political Action Committee. This was just a little extra cash to supplement the really big money that the NEA regularly spends for political purposes.
NEA resolutions again endorsed the principal goals of the feminist agenda: abortion (I-13), the Equal Rights Amendment, federal funding to spread feminist ideology throughout the education system, and "nonsexist" language (I-52), and Comparable Worth (getting government to raise the pay of women and freeze the pay of men) (F-2).