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2014 NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS ELECTIONS  RESULTS

The NEA Hispanic Caucus Executive Offices were filled by the following candidates at the 2014 NEA Representative Assembly in Denver, Colorado.

 Chair- Gladys F. Marquez (IL) 

 Secretary-Mary Anne Rivera (IL)

ESP Director- Randy Mondragon (NM)

Southeast Regional Director- Pending Announcement 

Northeast Regional Director- Pending Announcement

Mid Atlantic Regional Direct-  Pending Announcement

Please read the NEA Hispanic Caucus elections procedures for further information.

This information can be found on the NEA Hispanic Caucus webpage By-Law Link.

For future reference the candidacy forms can be downloaded using the sidebar located on this webpage.

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2013 Proposed Amendments to the NEA Hispanic Caucus By-Laws

 

Submitted by Mary Ann Pacheco (CA)

To delete and renumber the Caucus by-laws as follows:

(1)            Delete

 Article V             Board of Directors

 

SECTION 2            The NEA/HC Representative to the fund for Children and Public Education Council shall be a member of the Board of Directors.

 

Renumber subsequent SECTION.

(2)            Delete

Article XV                           The NEA/HC Representative to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council.

SECTION 1:                          The NEA/HC Representative to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council shall be elected on odd numbered years utilizing the process outlined in Article X.

SECTION 2:                          The term of office for the NEA/HC representative to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council shall be limited to two (2) consecutive two-year terms.

SECTION 3:                          The NEA/HC representative to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council shall:

  1. A.     Attend NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council meetings;
  2. B.     Submit a written report to the NEA/HC Chairperson within sixty (60) days following each NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council meeting;
  3. C.     Serve on the NEA/HC Executive Board as an ex-officio member; and
  4. D.     Shall submit a minimum of one article for publication in La Voz.

Renumber subsequent Articles.

Rationale:

The meetings of the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council are held in conjunction with the meetings of the NEA Board of Directors in Washington, DC.  Traditionally, the NEA has provided travel and lodging for the caucus representative on a limited basis so caucus funds have had to be used to supplement payment of expenses.  The chair of the NEA Hispanic Caucus attends the Board meetings as a non-voting member of the Board.  Since the chair is already present in Washington, DC, for the Board meeting, the chair can easily attend the Council meetings as the caucus representative (as do other ethnic minority caucus chairs) and report to the caucus members afterwards.  Deleting both (1) and (2) above will be a cost-saving change that will not eliminate the caucus’s voice at the Fund Council meeting.

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IMPORTANT MEMO FROM NEA

FROM:          Dennis Van Roekel, President; John Stocks, Executive Director

DATE:        March 18, 2013

RE:            All in for Citizenship March and Rally

The National Education Association has agreed to play a major sponsorship role in the All in for Citizenship March and Rally on April 10th in Washington, DC.

The April 10th event will reassert the mandate from the election for Congress to act urgently to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

March organizers expect that by bringing tens of thousands of people to the West Lawn of the Capitol and ensuring national visibility through coverage in local and national news outlets will impact the debate about how to move forward on this issue.  NEA is working in conjunction with the Alliance for Citizenship which includes other major unions, most notably SEIU, as well as a variety of other organizations to maximize the impact of the event.  Note that April 10th is the anniversary of the largest mobilization for immigrant rights in recent history (April 10, 2006).

As educators, we have witnessed for far too long the impact that the current immigration system has had on our students, their families, and our communities.

To have a visible presence, we will actively seek educator participation from neighboring states.

Additionally, NEA has also launched a national contest in conjunction with the march.  The contest calls on educators and DREAMers to share their story about why they are inspired to stand up for comprehensive immigration reform.  Two individuals – a DREAMer and an educator – with compelling stories will be chosen by the NEA to fly to Washington, DC  to participate in the march.  Contest Rules can be found athttp://educationvotes.nea.org/2013/03/14/sign-up-here-for-the-national-immigration-reform-rally-on-april-10/.

Please encourage members who are interested in participating in the April 10th event to go to Education Votes for information on the march.  They can also RSVP on Education Votes.

If you have questions about NEA’s role or ideas about how to maximize our members’ participation, please contact the lead for our immigration work, Rocio Inclan (RInclan@nea.org).

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~~JOIN US!!!~~

The 2013 NEA Hispanic Caucus Issues Conference:

 Las Alturas a Nuestro Alcance:

Nuestra Esperanza y Nuestro Destino

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Reaching for the Heights: Our Hope and Our Destiny

 will take place in

DENVER, COLORADO

on May 17th, 18th, and 19th

at the

EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL DENVER-AURORA 

4444 North Havana Street

Denver, Co   80239

1-303-375-0400 or 1-800-EMBASSY

Conference Code: NEA

You may download your registration form at

www.neahispaniccaucus.com

***Registration must be made prior to room reservations***

We hope to see you there!!!

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Results 2012 NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS ELECTIONS

The NEA Hispanic Caucus Executive Offices were filled by the following nominees at the 2012 NEA Representative Assembly in Washington D.C.

 Chair- Maria Helena Cantu-Clair

 Secretary-Gladys F. Marquez

Southeast Regional Director- Ingrid Robledo

Northeast Regional Director-

Mid Atlantic Regional Direct- Alina Rozanski

Please read the NEA Hispanic Caucus elections procedures for further information.

This information can be found on the NEA Hispanic Caucus webpage By-Laws Link.

For future reference the candidacy forms can be downloaded using the sidebar located on this webpage.

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  1. Hello. I was trying to download a registration form for the NEA Hispanic Caucus Issues Conference on May 17th, 18th, and 19th. I was not successful on viewing a form when I click on the link above. Would someone please be able to give me advice? I really would appreciate it. Thank you!

  2. On May Day, New York’s Assembly passed the DREAM Fund bill by a vote of 136 to 3. Similar to the law enacted in Illinois last year, the bill establishes a DREAM Fund Commission to raise money for and administer private scholarships for children of immigrants, develop training for high school counselors, admissions officers and financial aid officers, and to identify and publicize educational opportunities for these children. The bill has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. Until soon, Tanya BroderNational Immigration Law Center

  3. Association Leaders:
    Arbitrator Rules in Favor of Teachers!
    Teachers & Students win with sensible decision

    Thousands of teachers organizing at the worksites, hundreds more rallying and speaking out at school board meetings, and overall active teacher engagement pays off. Today, Arbitrator Phil Tamoush rendered a binding decision in favor of teachers over the 2011-2012 contract dispute between the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) and the Clark County School District (CCSD). Teachers’ resolve to hold current salary levels was supported by the financial findings presented in the arbitration hearing.

    What does this win mean? It means that:
    Salary movement for both education & experience prevails.
    Reduction in Force (RIF) language that incorporates the legislature’s intent, while protecting a teacher’s right to due process, prevails.
    CCSD will have to negotiate with CCEA on PERS rate increases.
    What did we learn from this challenging negotiations cycle? We learned three main lessons:
    The school district will have more than $70 million in its fund balance at the end of the fiscal year, clearly demonstrating that no layoffs are needed to balance the budget.
    The School Board of Trustees has abdicated its decision-making responsibility to the Superintendent — who is right on course to move an anti-union ideology under the guise of education reform, while removing the most vital classroom resources; and
    The collective bargaining process was hamstrung by the laws enacted during the 2011 Legislative session.
    While we can absolutely relish in this win for teachers, students & the teaching profession, our fight must now move to the political front.

    Funding for education has been shortchanged by Nevada’s legislators for too long. Their lack of leadership and courage to adequately fund public education has resulted in our state ranking dead-last in the nation in investment in education, resulting in the hampering of innovation and excellence. To make matters worse, legislators have punted the funding woes to the local school districts that have in turn pushed to balance their budgets on the backs of teachers.

    What next?
    We must change the role we play in politics. As political season starts to heat up, it is critical we get involved. We must be proactive so that we can stop anti-education, anti-union agendas before they get traction. But first, we must all register to vote (nearly 5,000 teachers have yet to do so). Next, we will engage in conversations with legislators, even before the legislative session begins.

    How?
    The answer is: ORGANIZE. We must redouble our efforts and organize our schools. We must form Association Representative Teams (ARTs) at every work site. Organized teachers can tackle every issue—whether it is worksite based, school board based, or legislative.

  4. THE MEMBERSHIP FORM IS NOW ONLINE.
    PLEASE SIGN UP TO THE NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS USING THE PDF FORM ON THE SIDE BAR.

  5. POSTED APRIL 25, 2012

    2012 NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS ELECTIONS

    The NEA Hispanic Caucus announces the following Executive Offices and Director positions to be filled by election at the 2012 NEA Representative Assembly in Washington D.C.

    Chair
    Secretary
    Southeast Regional Director
    Northeast Regional Director
    Mid Atlantic Regional Direct
    Please read the NEA Hispanic Caucus elections procedures for further information.

    This information can be found on the NEA Hispanic Caucus webpage By-Laws Link.

    Candidacy forms can be downloaded using the sidebar located on this webpage.

    HAPPY CAMPAIGNING!!

  6. We are proud to announce that enrollment for the
    2012 NEA Hispanic Caucus Issues Conference
    has been a resounding success!
    The Embassy Suites LAX North block of room at
    the caucus rate is sold out but don’t let that stop you
    from attending. Make your reservations via the
    EMBASSY SUITES website at
    http://www.embassysuites.com to receive a reduced e-rate.
    Please submit your registration form and book your room soon as we are nearing capacity.

    A copy of the registration form can be found on the sidebar of this webpage.

    WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN
    LOS ANGELES!

  7. April 1968:

    Dr. King is killed defending labor’s rights

    April 4 is one of the saddest days of the year. On that day in 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. While many events are held each year to honor Dr. King’s memory, too often people forget – or have never learned — why he was in Memphis that spring. Dr. King went to Memphis to help striking sanitation workers – and paid for his stand with his life. That makes April 4 an important anniversary not only in African American history (and in U.S. history in general), but in the history of the labor movement as well.

    On February 12, 1968, hundreds of Memphis sanitation workers went on strike. At the time, they were making less than $1 an hour and were eligible for welfare. They decided that they had had enough of poor wages, terrible working conditions, and a viciously anti-union mayor.

    The workers were members of Local 1733 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The strike was the culmination of years of mistreatment. The workers worked 12 hours a day carrying garbage with busted, leaking pails. Some of the pails were infested with flies and maggots, and the workers had no place to wash up in the yard when they had to leave the trucks. Some of the workers had no running water when they returned home after work. The workers had no real benefits of any kind.

    This dire situation came to a crisis point on Feb. 1, 1968, when the accidental activation of a packer blade in the back of a garbage truck fatally crushed workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker.

    Almost 1,400 sanitation workers joined the strike. They shut the city down.

    The workers and their supporters marched daily to pressure the mayor and the city council to recognize the sanitation unit under AFSCME Local 1733. The men wore signs which read “I AM a Man,” a slogan that was eventually recognized around the world.

    Tension grew in the city as Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb called the strike illegal and threatened to hire new workers unless the strikers returned to work. On February 14, the mayor issued a back-to-work ultimatum for 7 a.m. on Feb. 15. The police escorted the few garbage trucks in operation. Negotiations broke off. The newspapers began to report that more than 10,000 tons of garbage was piling up.

    It was in that tense environment that AFSCME organizers appealed to Dr. King to come to Memphis to speak to the workers. Initially, King was reluctant. He was immersed in work preparing for the Poor People’s Campaign. This was a huge undertaking, an effort to bring poor people of all ethnicities to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1968 to protest poverty. But when AFSCME organizer Jesse Epps pointed out that the fight of the sanitation workers in Memphis was part of the same struggle as the Poor People’s Campaign, King agreed.

    Once in Memphis, King immediately grasped the importance of what was unfolding there. On his first visit to the city, March 18, he spoke to a crowd of 17,000 people, and called for a citywide march.

    On Thursday, March 28, King led a march from the Clayborn Temple, the strike’s headquarters. The march was interrupted by window breaking at the back of the demonstration. The police moved into the crowd, using nightsticks, Mace, tear gas – and guns. A 16-year-old, Larry Payne, was shot dead. The police arrested 280 people, and reported about 60 injuries. The state legislature authorized a 7 p.m. curfew and 4,000 National Guardsmen moved in.

    On Friday, March 29, some 300 sanitation workers and ministers marched peacefully and silently from Clayborn Temple to City Hall – escorted by five armored personnel carriers, five jeeps, three huge military trucks, and dozens of National Guardsmen with their bayonets fixed.

    In the last days of March, King cancelled a planned trip to Africa and made preparations to lead a peaceful march in Memphis. Organizers working on preparations for the Poor People’s Campaign in other cities were directed to leave those cities and come to Memphis, for it was clear that the Poor People’s Campaign could not be won without winning the fight in Memphis.

    On April 3, 1968, Dr. King returned to Memphis. That evening, he gave an extraordinary speech to hundreds of people at Mason Temple. The speech has gone down in history as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Anyone who reads it today will notice that it is an eloquent statement of support for the sanitation workers. (That night, King called them “thirteen hundred of God’s children here suffering.”) But it is also a farewell speech, the oration of a man who knew he might not have long to live, and who was searching his soul to make sense of his life, and his place in history.

    In the speech, King emphatically rejected the calls not to march again because of an injunction:

    “[S]omewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right!”

    At the end of his remarks he referred indirectly to the underhanded attempts by racists, the FBI, and other forces to sabotage his leadership and destroy the movement, declaring:

    “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like everybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”

    Less than 24 hours after uttering those words, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Urban rebellions broke out in more than 60 cities. In response to pressure from all over the country, the federal government sent Labor Department officials to Memphis to mediate a settlement to the strike.

    On Tuesday, April 16, AFSCME leaders announced that an agreement had been reached. The agreement included union recognition, better pay, and benefits. The strikers voted to accept the agreement.

    It was a bittersweet end to a long battle. The strike ended in victory, but at a terrible cost, the death of one of the foremost symbols of the fight for justice in that (or any) era. AFSCME’s victory in Memphis inspired other workers in Memphis to join unions, and other employees throughout the South to join AFSCME. The Poor People’s Campaign which Dr. King was

    working on when he went to Memphis did take place later in the tumultuous year 1968. As King had hoped, it brought together poor people of all ethnicities to demonstrate in Washington, D.C. – African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and whites.

    Given Dr. King’s role in the Memphis sanitation strike and the tremendous community support that the strikers received, perhaps the month of April ought to be a time to remember that not all labor leaders have an official position with a union — and that labor comes in all colors, and includes both employed and unemployed people. If we hold on to those lessons, we will honor what was won with such great sacrifice in Memphis in April 1968.

  8. NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen Honored by Latino Leaders
    Just sharing the good about Lily’s award by the Latino Leaders Network, covered here by Rebecca Logan and on Lily’s own blog. She joins Emilio Estefan, Labor Sec. Hilda Solis, first Hispanic astronaut Jose Hernandez, Eve Longoria, Omar Minaya, the first general manager of a pro baseball team. She’s in great company.

    http://neatoday.org/2012/03/13/nea-vice-president-lily-eskelsen-honored-by-latino-leaders/

    By Rebeca Logan
    For her “outstanding contributions to the Latino community” and her dedication as an educator, NEA vice-president Lily Eskelsen was honored by the Latino Leaders Network in Washington DC.

    “The future of our Latino community is linked to our Latino leadership. One of our most influential leaders both in terms of education and also as a national labor leader is Lily Eskelsen”, stated Juan Sepúlveda, former director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, speaking to the group which included legislators, ambassadors, community organizers, civil rights advocates and administration officials, among others.

    Sepúlveda explained that Eskelsen, who was appointed by president Barack Obama to the White House Commission on Excellence in Hispanic Education, serves as “a voice for teachers across the country,” who is not afraid to be honest, and who has a personal story that represents the American Dream.

    As a member of the commission, Eskelsen advises the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education on ways to expand academic excellence and improve educational opportunities for Hispanics.

    “Her journey as a school cafeteria worker to now one of the highest-ranking labor leaders in the country is a story we believe deserves to be told,” stated Mickey Ibarra, chairman of the Latino Leaders Network whose mission is to develop opportunities to bring leaders together regarding issues important to the Latinos across the nation.

    In her remarks, Eskelsen described her personal experiences as the daughter of a Panamanian mother and father who was in the U.S. military, her challenges as working mother going to college for the first time, and her struggles and joys as an educator going the extra mile for her students. She also spoke about the importance of the National Education Association as an organizing force for students.

    “The National Education Association is not just my union – it’s an amazing organization that gives a good teacher like me the best chance possible to fight and to win something better for the children I have loved – para todos los niños. Todos nuestros niños. For all our children, education is the way for them to find the road to their own incredible lives. And for me that public school is the where that path begins. It is the mission that is written across our hearts.”

    After her remarks, Eskelsen received the Eagle Leadership Award, joining other prominent Latinos and past honorees, such as astronaut José Henández, music producer Emilio Estefan, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solís, actor Eva Longoria, and Omar Minaya, first Hispanic general manager of a Major League baseball team (New York Mets).

  9. FYI The following press release was sent to the media on 03/06/12. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ramona Parks-KirbyMarch 6, 2012 (202) 822-7823, rparks@nea.org NEA President: Disturbing data should serve as call to actionVan Roekel responds to Education Department’s civil rights data
    WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released data showing that minority students face disparities regarding curricula, teacher experience and discipline. The National Education Association (NEA) is pleased that the Department is working to address civil rights and equity issues. “Releasing the data is only the first step,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA and a member of the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. “The quality of education should not be determined by race or income. The disparities highlighted in this report should serve as a call to action for all of us. To educate the whole child, we need to meet students where they are and involve the entire community in removing the obstacles that hinder their overall well-being and academic success.” Schools need the resources to help address students’ unique circumstances such as: learning English in addition to other coursework, being homeless, or being caught in a cycle of generational poverty. Through its Priority Schools Campaign, NEA is leading efforts to provide on-site, targeted support and resources. Many high-poverty schools are chronically underfunded, understaffed and don’t have the resources needed to recruit and retain experienced teachers. NEA has long supported additional compensation for educators in hard-to-staff schools. “I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Arne Duncan to examine disparities, uncover persistent school climate challenges and most importantly, help develop solutions that work for all students, not just those from affluent neighborhoods,” added Van Roekel. “We’re deeply committed to the success of each student, and NEA has long advocated for equity in schools across America. All students need great teachers and access to a challenging and comprehensive curriculum, and they deserve to be treated fairly.” Follow us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NEAMedia

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  11. ESEA MARK-UP NEXT WEEK: SPEAK OUT NOW FOR EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS

    On February 28, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman will hold a mark-up on two new ESEA reauthorization bills – the Student Success Act (H.R. 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act (H.R. 3990). In this mark-up, committee members will debate amendments to the bills and vote on sending them to the full House.

    NEA is working aggressively with members of the committee on both sides of the aisle to push changes to the bills and raise issues of concern to educators and students during mark-up. Our priorities for mark-up align closely with our previously identified bill pros and cons, including ensuring equity and adequate resources for all students. The mark-up with be broadcast live starting at 10:00am Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 28, on the Education and the Workforce Committee website.

    Take Action Today: The mark-up offers an important opportunity for educators to weigh in about what really works for students and schools. Now is particularly the time to call for a continued federal commitment to ensuring equity in education – so that every student, regardless of income, disability, or other factors, has access to a great public school. Contact your Representative today to give your thoughts about what will work best for your students and school.

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    EDUCATION FUNDING: TELL CONGRESS “DON’T SHORTCHANGE OUR CHILDREN”

    Congressional debates on the budget for the next fiscal year (FY 2013) will be on the front burner in the coming weeks. As we reported last week, President Obama released a budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 that targets education for the single largest percentage increase of any discretionary item in the entire federal budget. Highlights of the President’s budget include ensuring greater college and career access for all students, significant resources for job creation – including for educators, and making sure that all educators are prepared when they step into the classroom.

    The congressional debate on the budget will be impacted by the president’s proposal as well as by automatic cuts to education and other programs scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013. Congress will need to decide whether to accept any of the president’s budget plan. And, they will need to decide whether to let the impending automatic cuts go forward. NEA will be working hard to ensure that Congress stops the automatic education cuts and makes education a top budget priority.

    See what the impending cuts for Title I, special education, and other critical programs would mean for your state.
    Take Action Today: Urge Congress to pass a budget resolution that doesn’t shortchange our children and reflects the President’s emphasis on education as a top priority.

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    TELL CONGRESS TO RECOGNIZE CONTRIBUTIONS OF EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS

    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) have introduced the National Classified School Employee of the Year Award Act (S. 547/H.R. 1704) This important legislation would provide long overdue recognition for education support professionals – including paraeducators, clerical assistants, school bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, technicians, custodians, school nurses, and security professionals — for their outstanding contributions to our nation’s schools and the students they serve. As an integral part of the public education system, classified school employees promote student achievement, ensure student safety, and contribute to the establishment and promotion of a positive instructional environment.

    Thanks to your efforts, the House bill now has almost 90 bipartisan sponsors and the Senate bill has fifteen bipartisan sponsors. But, we still need your help to build more support for this important legislation.

    Take Action Today: Tell your Senators and Representative to cosponsor and support the National Classified School Employee of the Year Award Act.

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    CHEERS AND JEERS

    Cheers to:

    Virginia educators, who launched a statewide day of mourning in response to staggering budget cuts and vicious attacks on teachers by Virginia elected officials. Within just a few days, what became known as “Black Friday” spread by Facebook and email to every city, town, and hollow in the commonwealth. More than 4,000 Virginia educators pledged on Facebook and email to wear black to work on “Black Friday.”

    The U.S. Department of Education, which released RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching), a proposal that challenges states and districts to work with teachers and their unions to support and improve the teaching profession.. NEA has called the plan “a critical first-step in helping all students have access to the necessary resources – namely qualified and licensed teachers who are empowered to innovate – to receive quality education.

    Jeers to:

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who at a campaign stop in Michigan reiterated his support for a national right to work law despite the state’s governor, who endorsed Romney, saying he considers the issue “very divisive” and that there are more important issues facing the state.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), who in response to questions about the current economic crisis and Warren Buffet’s call for the wealthiest in our nation to pay their fair share in taxes said “well he should just write a check and shut up. Really. And just contribute. The fact of the matter is that I’m tired of hearing about it

  12. VOTER PROTECTION – A FIGHT FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND A JUST SOCIETY
    Recent Updates
    In the next couple of weeks, we are likely to see action on several bills in state legislatures including photo ID bills in Minnesota, Missouri, and Virginia. In New Hampshire, a bill that would largely prevent or deter out of state students from voting in New Hampshire heads to the Senate. The Ohio Senate is poised to take up a bill to repeal and replace last year’s restrictive voting law. Bills that would make it harder for many to register to vote by placing severe restrictions on community groups that conduct voter registration drives are moving forward in Michigan and South Carolina.
    However, there is some good news. In Maine and New Mexico, photo ID bills were turned down, ending any possibly an ID law would pass in either state this year. In Georgia, a bill was introduced that would make registering to vote more convenient by allowing online and same day registration.
    The Good News
    Georgia: A package of bills was introduced in the Georgia Senate that would allow online registration and same day registration to increase access and convenience for voters. The Elections Advisory Council, made up of election officials across the state, also recommended allowing online registration.
    Maine: A photo ID bill is dead for this year after being tabled by the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. However, the committee did instruct the secretary of state to conduct a thorough examination of Maine’s election system and report back with possible draft legislation in 2013.
    New Mexico: Three bills that would have required voters to present a photo ID to vote were blocked in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.
    Virginia: The House General Government subcommittee last week tabled a bill (HB 569) that included proof of citizenship to register and photo ID to vote.
    Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin – Madison launched a voter awareness campaign that features a website with voter information students need to know to vote as well as a video, featuring Bucky the Badger, which gives step by step instructions on obtaining a student voter ID card and other needed documents to vote.
    The Bad News
    Iowa: Legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to require voters to provide photo ID to vote. No further action to report to date. The University of Iowa Student Government passed a resolution last week opposing a photo ID requirement.
    Kansas: A House committee approved a plan to move up the date requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote for the first time in Kansas from January 1, 2013 to June 15, 2012 despite objections from many that the state does not have enough time to educate voters about the change.
    Michigan: The Michigan Senate passed a package of voting bills that will require voters to show a photo ID when registering to vote and place restrictions on groups registering voters. These restrictions include requiring volunteers to be registered with the state, attend a training provided by the Secretary of State, and turn in registration forms within 24 hours the week before the voter registration deadline or face penalties. The legislation now heads over to the Republican-controlled House.
    Minnesota: A Senate hearing on a constitutional amendment requiring photo ID to vote had a large turnout and went for several hours. The bill passed the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee and now heads to the State Government Innovation and Veterans Committee.
    Several groups have mounted considerable pressure in opposition to the law including the ACLU offering $1,000 for anyone that can show a case of voter fraud over the past decade.
    Missouri: The Missouri House passed a bill last week that would require voters to show a photo ID. A similar bill passed last year but was vetoed by Governor Nixon. Six years ago, Missouri also passed an identical bill but it was thrown out by the Missouri Supreme Court. An amendment to the state constitution is scheduled to be on the ballot this fall that would allow the bill to be implemented.
    New Hampshire: The House passed legislation last week that would require a person’s voting address be their residence for all other legal purposes, impacting hundreds of laws and statutes that contain the words residency and domicile. For instance, a person would be required to change their drivers’ license and vehicle registration if it did not match the address they registered to vote. The bill will likely prevent out of state college students from voting in New Hampshire unless they change their legal residence from their home state to New Hampshire.
    Ohio: Ohio Senate Republicans are introducing a bill to repeal and replace House Bill 194 that passed last year that limits early voting. This is seen as an attempt to bypass a referendum this November that asks voters if they wish to repeal the law. The replacement would likely reintroduce reforms that are just as bad or worse as the law placed last year and take effect before the election this November.
    South Carolina: Debate is expected to resume next week on a voter registration bill introduced last month that would require groups holding voter registration drives to register with the state, provide names and addresses of all officers of the group, and all individuals collecting voter registration forms to sign a sworn statement that they will follow the law. Election officials will provide registration forms that has the organizations name on it and those forms must be returned within five days. Failure to return the forms within that time frame will result in fines from $50 to $1000. The bill is expected on the House floor next week and to move over to the Senate.
    Virginia: SB 1 passed the Senate on February 6 with a 20-20 vote with the lieutenant governor casting the tie-breaking vote. SB 1 allows an ID card from any 4 year school of higher education in Virginia – including private schools – to serve as voting ID, as well as current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter. Those who cannot provide an ID will no longer be able to sign a sworn statement of identity to vote by regular ballot and will instead have to vote by provisional ballot. A similar measure – HB 9 – passed the House earlier this month.
    Wisconsin: Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan ruled against the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP’s effort to halt the photo ID law from going into effect. Judge Flanagan denied the injunction citing the group did not demonstrate irreparable harm if the law went into effect. However, the judge will reconsider the NAACP’s motion for a temporary injunction at a hearing on February 24. Another state lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin will be heard by Judge Flanagan on March 9 that contains several insistences of voters being denied required IDs to vote.
    The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is issuing voter IDs to students that do not have acceptable forms of identification to vote but are charging students $2 to obtain one.
    Whether or not technical school IDs are acceptable forms of identification is now in the hands of Gov. Scott Walker. He must approve the official policy written by the Government Accountability Board on IDs issued by technical schools.
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  13. This Week’s News:

    PRESIDENT’S BUDGET MAKES EDUCATION THE TOP PRIORITY!

    This week, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013. The budget proposal builds on the President’s top priority to boost the middle class and promote economic fairness. President Obama made clear in his budget that high-quality education is absolutely critical to rebuilding our economy, and that a strengthened American workforce requires that we continue to invest in education. The President’s emphasis on education is evidenced by the fact that education is targeted for the single largest percentage increase of any discretionary item in the entire federal budget.

    Highlights of the President’s budget include:

    Considerable focus on ensuring greater college and career access for all students. The President’s plan includes an $8 billion “Community College to Career Fund,” to train 2 million workers for well-paid jobs in high-demand areas like health care. Learn more.
    Targeting of significant resources toward job creation, including $30 billion for school modernization projects that will create jobs and $25 billion to help states and localities retain and hire teachers, education support professionals, and first responders.
    Emphasis on increasing the quality of teacher preparation and making sure that all educators are prepared when they step into the classroom.
    NEA praised the President’s budget as clearly showing “the president’s commitment to keeping teachers in classrooms, which will help address growing class sizes, and to providing assistance to states and locals facing tough economic times.” Read NEA’s press release.

    Congress will begin work soon on the congressional budget resolution for fiscal year 2013. Members of Congress need to hear strong support for the President’s proposals to make education a top priority.

    Take Action Today: Urge Congress to pass a budget resolution that reflects the President’s emphasis on education as a top priority.

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    ESEA: HOUSE HEARING HELD YESTERDAY; COMMITTEE MARK-UP EXPECTED SOON

    This week, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman held a hearing on two new ESEA reauthorization bills – the Student Success Act (H.R. 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act (H.R. 3990). Watch the hearing and read witnesses written statements submitted for the official record. A “mark-up” where the committee debates amendments to the bills and votes on sending them to the full House could take place at the end of the month, right after the congressional Presidents’ Day recess.

    NEA conveyed a number of concerns about the Kline bills to the committee, starting with the lack of commitment to ensuring equity in education for all students. NEA believes that every student, regardless of poverty, disability, or other challenges, deserves access to a quality education. Read more. We are also very concerned with the draft Kline bills’ elimination of requirements that states maintain their level of funding for education. Without these requirements, states facing budget crises will certainly cut funding for education, leaving millions of students without the resources they need to succeed. Read an updated list of pro and cons in the Kline bills.

    Take Action Today: Educators working in schools and classrooms across the country are the best and most effective voices to ensure a good ESEA reauthorization bill. Your experience and expertise are critical to the debates in Congress and policymakers need to hear what you have to say. Contact your Representative today to give your thoughts about what will work best for your students and school.

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    STAND UP FOR VOTERS’ RIGHTS: VISIT NEA’S NEW VOTER PROTECTION SITE

    New and restrictive voting laws in states across the country are threatening to keep as many as five million voters from casting a ballot this November. Many of these laws remove early access to voting; make it more difficult for citizens to register; or require restrictive photo ID cards that many seniors, minorities and students do not have. NEA’s Education Votes website now features a dedicated page on voter protection, where you can learn how these misguided laws may impact you in your state and how you can be prepared if anyone tries to limit your right to vote. The site also features good news about how educators and others are fighting back against these anti-voter initiatives.

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    CHEERS AND JEERS
    Cheers to:

    President Obama, who made students and educators a top priority in his fiscal year 2013 budget – proposing the largest percentage increase for education of any discretionary item in the entire federal budget.

    Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL), who at this week’s hearing on ESEA reauthorization, raised critical concerns about the use of standardized test results to evaluate teachers and about the need to protect teacher privacy. Representative Biggert also highlighted the need to encourage parental involvement in their child’s education.

    Representative Phil Roe (R-TN), who at the ESEA reauthorization hearing, made an eloquent argument about the flaws in current law that evaluate and penalize teachers and schools for circumstances beyond their control that impact their students’ achievement, such as factors in the student’s home environment.

    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who spoke on the Senate floor about the abuses perpetrated by some for-profit colleges that “are taking advantage of students with little or no life experience who end up, many times, with their parents signing for student loan debt that is unconscionable, at levels they will never be able to repay in any reasonable time, and often, when it comes to for-profit schools, for worthless diplomas if the student is lucky enough to finish.”
    The Wyoming legislature, which, by a vote of 18-42 killed a bill that would have prohibited collective bargaining by firefighters and any other public sector employees, including education personnel.

    Jeers to:

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who issued a statement this week entitled “Unlike Obama, Romney Will Stand Up To Big Labor,” in which he blasted the President’s pro-labor policies and vowed that as President he would “amend NLRA to explicitly protect the right of business owners to allocate their capital as they see fit” and “reverse executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field toward organized labor.”

    Bob Shaffer, Chair of the Colorado Board of Education, who at this week’s ESEA hearing stated that there is no need at all for a teacher licensing system if there is a strong evaluation process

  14. NEA Legislative Report Card Shows a Congress Divided
    News from the National Education Association. For an original copy of the press release, please visit http://www.nea.org/home/50699.htm.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sara Robertson
    February 6, 2012 (202) 822-7823, srobertson@nea.org

    NEA Legislative Report Card Shows a Congress Divided
    Many representatives willing to cross the aisle to defend education, labor issues

    WASHINGTON – The National Education Association Legislative Report Card for the first session of the 112th Congress (2011) was released this week. The annual report card measures members’ of Congress overall support for public education and educators, with each member receiving a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F.

    In 2011, only 57 Congressional Republicans earned passing NEA grades while 143 did so in 2005. “Unfortunately, these ratings confirm that Congress is increasingly divided. But when it comes to education, we all have a responsibility to help our students succeed-especially our elected leaders,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

    The grades of more moderate Democrats and Republicans rebounded from 2009-2010 lows as a result of bipartisan opposition to attacks on worker’s rights and support for education programs, such as Title 1 and IDEA. Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee also worked in bi-partisan fashion to adopt some needed improvements to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

    “We have to work together to ensure adequate and equal funding for all public schools so that all students have the opportunity to succeed,” said Van Roekel.

    “These men and women are elected to represent our best interests. They hold much of the future of our students and our families in their hands. We need to know where they stand on important issues like public education and workers’ rights.”

    NEA graded members of Congress based on selected votes in 2011. The grades were also based on other key legislative actions, such as behind-the-scenes advocacy for education and educators, bill co-sponsorships, committee votes and how accessible the members were to education advocates in their home state or district.

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    The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers

  15. Fabulous job! We can only get better:) Ctrujillo

  16. Maria H. Cantu -Clair

    Outstanding job Gladys! To all of the NEA Hispanic Caucus members reading this post, it has been a long and difficult process to get where we are in providing you with this web site again and as the Chair of the Caucus I would like you to join me in congratulating “our Secretary Gladys Marquez” who has worked hard to get this web site up and available to our membership. We are still having issues with some members not receiving their information through the list serve, but we are working to find a solution to continue to serve all of our members. If you know of someone who has changed their e-mail address or has not received the information, please have them contact us.

  17. If you would like a PDF copy of the 2012 NEA Hispanic Caucus Issues Conference brochure, please email me at dhernandez@cta.org.

    • Thanks David. The brochure is now uploaded and attached on the right side of this page as a PDF. Those interested in attending should follow registration instructions to ensure enrollment in this year’s issues conference.

  18. Mary Ann Pacheco

    I’m glad to see the site up and look forward to it expanding as we add more information. Great job, Gladys!

  19. 19th Annual NEA Hispanic Caucus Issues Conference
    May-18-20, 2012

    Los Angeles, California

    Conference Site Information

    The Embassy Suites LAX North is only ¼ mile from the Los Angeles International Airport with complimentary shuttle service, 24 hours daily, every 15 minutes.

    There is easy nearby access to major freeways, making this hotel a great central location for all areas of Los Angeles. The hotel is the closest Embassy Suites to Santa Monica and Venice Beaches, Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. In addition, the Los Angeles area is home of some of the most popular tourist attractions in America.

    The hotel provides round trip shuttle service to El Segundo Plaza and the Manhattan Beach area, including the Village, pier and beach for only $5.00 total. These areas feature shopping, fine restaurants, night life, movie theaters, and Southern California’s best beaches, all less than 5 miles from the hotel.

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