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NEA Convention Odds ‘n’ Ends

By Stephen Sawchuk — July 08, 2009 1 min read
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A few wrap-up items from the NEA convention.

—A reader pointed out that I goofed up on the number of the new business item discussed in this post. It was 69, not 70. (Thanks JB.)

—Per this item, a few people have written in with the percentage of Teach For America teachers who go on to teach a third year. According to the folks from TFA, a Harvard study on corps members found that 61 percent remain in teaching beyond two years, 36 percent for more than four years. Find it here.

—Per this item on NEA delegations’ T-shirts, the members of the Kansas delegation to the RA wear absolutely darling little felt sunflowers around their necks. I totally want one, but Christy Levings, the chair of NEA’s ESEA Committee and a Kansan, explained that it’s a tradition that only delegates from the Sunflower State get to wear them.

—Per this and this item, Mike Antonucci has more analysis on this RA’s focus on NEA’s role as a union. Read his coverage here, and don’t forget to check out Bob Chanin’s must-watch speech.

—Coming soon: Videos of a California Teachers Association press conference and snippets of an interview with NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.