Last updated on: 6/17/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

National Education Association (NEA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“NEA believes in a fair and efficient process for removing ineffective teachers from classrooms. NEA and its state affiliates will work to maintain state laws that provide experienced teachers with the right to a fair dismissal process – one that gives notice of the reason for the termination and the opportunity to a fair hearing to contest that reason – which is what tenure laws ensure. Tenure, as defined by state laws, does not keep ineffective teachers in classrooms, it simply ensures a fair dismissal process.”

Email to ProCon.org from National Education Association General Counsel Alice O’Brien, Feb. 2, 2011

Description:

“In 1857, one hundred educators answered a national call to unite as one voice in the cause of public education. At the time, learning to read and write was a luxury for most children—and a crime for many Black children. One hundred and fifty years later, public education and the profession of teaching are transformed. In 1966 we joined forces with the American Teachers Association. Since then, our voice has swelled to 3.2 million members, and what was once a privilege for a fortunate few is now an essential right for every American child, regardless of family income or place of residence.

Since its beginning, the National Education Association has been ahead of its time, crusading for the rights of all educators and children. Learn more about NEA’s rich history, from welcoming Black members four years before the Civil War and electing a woman as president a full decade before Congress granted women the right to vote, to the 1966 merger with the American Teachers Association during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.”

“Our History,” nea.org (accessed May 23, 2011)

Mission:

“Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.”

“NEA’s Vision, Mission, and Values,” nea.org (accessed May 23, 2011)

Other:
501(c)5 labor organization