Weaver set the tone for the Representative Assembly and for the year ahead by demanding that there would be no more excuses from lawmakers, community leaders, parents or educators. He called on delegates to build community support for NEA efforts to improve student performance.
Weaver said that in addition to small class sizes and parental involvement, fully-funded pre-Kindergarten programs would be a major step in the right direction toward closing gaps in student achievement. He said those programs are a major opportunity to level the academic learning field, and to help students realize the joy of learning at an early age.
Delegates tackled tough issues facing public education, but also celebrated the achievements of quality public schools. NEA honored the national teacher of the year, education support professional of the year, and 14 individuals from across the country who have fought tirelessly to promote social justice and dignity for all citizens. NEA presented its Friend of Education Award to the Tom Joyner Foundation, which has raised more than $30 million for students at historically Black colleges and universities across the nation.
Members celebrated the 40