June 27, 2016
Coverage of the NEA Representative Assembly Begins July 4. For the 19th consecutive year (egad) EIA will provide daily gavel-to-gavel coverage from the floor of the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA). This year the convention takes place in Washington DC. For those of you who are new to the communiqué, you should know that distribution works a little differently that week.
I will blog each day’s events on Intercepts, which you can check at your convenience, or you can subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed. If you prefer, go to the Intercepts page, where you can sign up for blog updates via automatic e-mail. You need provide only your e-mail address. Feedburner will send a verification e-mail for you to acknowledge and then will confirm your subscription. From that point on you’ll get one, and only one, e-mail per day with the full text of the content I have added to the blog that day.
The first convention report will be posted July 4 and each evening thereafter until the convention closes on July 7.
There will not be a weekly communiqué next week. On July 11 I will send a communiqué with direct links to all the items I posted on the blog during the week of the convention. That way, no one misses anything.
I will be monitoring e-mail for your questions and comments, but please make allowances for delays in my response. Happy Independence Day!
Recent Intercepts. EIA’s daily blog, Intercepts, covered these topics June 21-27:
* Michigan NEA & AFT Talk Merger. Still a long, looooooong way off.
* Getting Grisly in Memphis. Why this marriage could not be saved.
* Hillary Scheduled to Address NEA Delegates on July 4. Sanders supporters surrender?
* Federal Education Association’s Finances. Wrapping up the annual finances review.
Quote of the Week. “One side, the CTA, refuses to consider any change, anything reasonable. The other side says, ‘If we’re not going to get exactly what we want, we’re going to attack.’ I’m trying to find a middle way. I’m disappointed the bill isn’t as sweeping as I had hoped, but it’s still a direct challenge to the status quo and the teachers union in Sacramento. And when a bill dies in committee, it does zero.” – Susan Bonilla, a California Assembly Democrat, whose bill would extend the probationary period for teachers from two years to three. The California Teachers Association says the bill is “wrongheaded in the current climate of teacher shortage.” (June 27 Los Angeles Times)