The delegates debated amendments to the union’s legislative program – the list of things for which NEA lobbies at the federal level.
Legislative Amendment 1 would have directed NEA to support a U.S. Constitutional Amendment recognizing the right to a public education. Legislative Amendment 7 would have had NEA lobbying for a change to the Fair Labor Standards Act so that teachers could receive overtime pay.
I then heard twice within an hour what I had never heard cited on the floor of the NEA convention in 18 years – the 10th Amendment! And by a delegate from Oakland, no less!
Both amendments were defeated.