NEA Board of Directors Virtual Meeting – Dec. 8, 2014


Attending: Jim Grimes, Eric Brown, Joyce Bailey, Tom Tully, Alex Wallace, Rainy Kaplan, David Watts, Maggie Huttlinger, and Gladys Marquez

NEA President Lily Eskelson Garcia welcomed board members and gave an overview of the virtual meeting. Board members were able to ask questions and interact with presenters online throughout the meeting.

Karen White and Gail Stoltz presented information on the Ballot Measure and Legislative Crisis (BMLC) Fund.

History of the BMLC Fund:

2000 Representative Assembly (RA)–votes five dollars dues increase per member, with a sunset in five years, dedicated 60% for ballot measures and legislative crises and 40% for media expenses.

2004 RA—No chance in amount and extends the BMLC sunset until 2009-10.

2006 RA—An additional five dollars per member is assessed, bringing the total to ten dollars. The BMLC is made permanent.

2011 RA—An additional ten dollars per member is assessed bringing the total member amount to twenty dollars per year. The ten dollars increase becomes effective in 2011-12 and is scheduled to sunset in 2015-16.

2016 RA—The ten dollars increase will sunset in 2016 and BMLC dues amount will revert to ten dollars per year, unless the RA takes action to modify the fund.


The Board of Directors will vote at the February 2015 meeting on the future status of the fund. Any recommendations will be referred to the 2015 RA.

Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss reported on NEA membership, currently at over 2.9 million.

Moss also reported on Contingency Fund expenditures and the fund’s current balance.

The board also reviewed the audited financial statements for the NEA.

The NEA Board will meet in Washington, D.C. on February 13th and 14th.

Additional Note—

NEA Board Hispanic Observer Gladys Marquez of Illinois, reports that the NEA Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships (MCOP) Grant for a DACA training clinic has been approved in Illinois. ‪

This grant will assist in empowering students and parents that qualify for the Presidential Executive Orders on Immigration for Deferred Action Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by providing them with training clinics to help qualifying families and students fill out the paperwork for their temporary work visas and social security numbers. “IEA is going to closely mirror what the Texas State Teachers Association TSTA and Florida Education Association FEA are already doing for their communities,” said Gladys Marquez.‬ ‬

‪Activities are tentative at this point but may include the following:

  • ‪April- Community Forum- NEA MCOP speakers address community stakeholders about the requirements for applying for DAPA and DACA Programs. ‬
  • ‪May- Volunteers will be trained on the format for the DACA/DAPA clinic‬.
  • ‪June- DACA / DAPA clinic‬.

‪“This is a wonderful opportunity to recruit volunteers to help show our communities how committed we are to social justice,” says Marquez.‬


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