At the 2016 NEA Representational Assembly, the union reports that there were 7,025 delegates in attendance. There were an additional 5,585 non-delegate attendees, for a total of 12,610 people gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Held over the Independence Day holiday every year, this time the union convention began on July 4 and ended on July 7.
Conservatives already worried about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) might be even more concerned now that the two senators who spearheaded the deal, Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), were given the NEA “Friend of Education Award” during a ceremony at the Washington, D.C. union convention. Senator Alexander is the first Republican to receive recognition by the union since 1984.
For the first time in years, Common Core wasn’t an issue at the 2016 NEA convention. The union must have gotten the Democratic National Committee memo that it’s not supposed to be discussed, and is considered a “third rail.” Leaked DNC documents say Hillary won’t mention CC because that only leads to trouble, whether it’s spoken of in a positive or a negative manner.
The NEA is on board with other Democrat gun grabbers that consistently attack the Second Amendment. For 2016, the union changed its gun control Resolution slightly and now calls for “common sense gun regulations.” This is new, carefully crafted terminology that’s been focus-group tested and is another attempt to make citizens into victims who are unable to defend themselves. Although the union held a moving, emotional tribute to those killed in the Orlando nightclub shooting, which they failed to identify as a terrorist attack, they are also willfully ignorant of the fact that if just one person at the Pulse had been armed, that individual might have killed the terrorist before he killed 49 people.