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2011-2012 NEA Resolutions ( PDF, 602 KB, 108 pgs.)

last updated: August 08, 2011

The Representative Assembly adopted all resolutions and the Report of the Resolutions Committee, with the following amendments:

Last Updated: July 05, 2011 - 11:21 p.m.

B-66. Standardized Testing of Students

Adopted as Modified

Amend by addition to letter (g) on page 7, lines 5-6, of the committee’s report:

g. English language learners (ELLs) should be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding and application of [appropriate] academic language proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English prior to being required to take high stakes assessments.

B-75. [Cell Phones and Personal Communication Devices in Schools] Communication Using New Media and Technology


Amend by addition on page 7, lines 37 and 39, of the committee’s report:

The National Education Association believes that schools should develop guidelines for the [appropriate use of cell phones and personal communication devices during the school day] use of new media and technology for communications related to school activities.

D-20. Education Employee Evaluation


Amend by addition on page 9, line 20, of the committee’s report:

Rather, multiple valid and reliable indicators of student learning and growth should be used as a formative component of a comprehensive evaluation process.

I-53. Right of Redress for Descendants of Slaves

Adopted as Amended

Amend by deletion and addition as follows:

The National Education Association believes that slavery, forced servitude, and/or the ownership of a human being are gross violations of human rights and unacceptable in a civilized society.

The Association also believes that the history of slavery in the United States was a grievous [flaw in judgment] crime against humankind that has contributed to a continuance of institutional racism.

The Association further believes that the descendants of those subjected to slavery in the U.S. have the right to seek redress for the injustices inflicted upon their ancestors.

F-63. Social Security


The National Education Association believes that Social Security is a social contract between the U.S. government and its citizens that must never be breached. The Association also believes that Social Security benefits should be guaranteed for all participants regardless of age, gender, or marital status. To better ensure retirement security, Social Security benefits should not be integrated with other retirement benefits.

The Association further believes that Social Security is a critical social insurance program and therefore initiatives should be undertaken that ensure its long-term solvency. These measures should guarantee at least the current level of promised benefits that provide inflation-adjusted retirement benefits for retirees, family survivors of deceased workers, and disabled workers and their families.

The Association opposes—

a. Any proposal to privatize Social Security

b. Provisions and regulations that deprive public employees of Social Security benefits

c. Mandatory coverage of public employees under Social Security for employee groups that have declined coverage

d. The present practice of taking back earned benefits from social security permitted through the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) even if benefits are already being paid.

The Association supports the availability of voluntary Social Security coverage to eligible school employee groups, where initiated by those groups, in states and localities in which public employees are not covered by Social Security.