The NEA’s Legislative Amendment 10 will add teacher tenure and salaries to the Bill of Rights. It is just another indication of the union’s arrogance and it clarifies union officials’ view that this nation’s government and even its founding documents are the embodiment of their job security.
Some union officials want the NEA to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that “guarantees that every child has the basic right to a high-quality, free, and appropriate public education.”
This is only one part of the movement by NEA officials to turn the Bill of Rights into their own union organizing and personal job security document. The union’s arguments in Davenport alleged that the First Amendment’s Free Speech guarantee applied to it at the expense of individuals. Now NEA officials reveal that they want to add job security for its 3 million members to the Bill of Rights and guarantee they are paid lavish salaries (“Congress must provide adequate funding”) (of which the NEA gets $245 per person).
Finally, more than 50 delegates submitted a measure to list the NEA as supporting “Federal legislation mandating a test for drugs and alcohol that is admissible in a criminal prosecution of a driver involved in an accident while transporting students” (Legislative Amendment 1).
Unfortunately, I do not think it will go far. If union bosses oppose school districts who try to fire teachers who should be registered sexual offenders for fondling, groping and threatening little girls with pieces of broken glass, I don’t think union bosses will support anything that will aid in the conviction of bus drivers driving under the influence.
Update: I was wrong. The delegates passed the drug and alcohol testing measure, but I’m still skeptical whether the union’s lobbyists will fully support the measure.