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NEA and Fear

Filed at 12:27 pm under by dcobranchi

Phyllis Schlafly reports on the NEA convention.

The NEA opposes all varieties of school choice, tuition tax credits,
vouchers, parental option or “choice” in education programs,
designating English as our official language, and any possible action
that might impinge on the secularists’ notion of “separation of church
and state.”

The most controversial vote at the NEA convention turned out to
concern one word in the anti-homeschool resolution. B-69 as
introduced read: “The Association also believes that unfunded
home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular
activities in the public schools.”

The word “unfunded” precipitated a lively debate. Some schools
provide funding for homeschoolers to participate in after-school
activities such as sports. The amendment to remove the word
“unfunded” was designed to put the NEA on record as opposed to
letting homeschoolers darken the door of public school grounds
regardless of whether or not there is money to finance their
participation.

In the end, the majority of delegates voted to delete “unfunded.”
Whether or not homeschoolers’ participation in public school
activities is funded, the NEA does not want them in any way to
compete with students who are “with us all day.”

The NEA thus made its animosity against homeschoolers loud and
clear. The only thing this powerful and wealthy union fears is
homeschooling.

Why are we to be feared?

UPDATE: Editorial changes in html formatting by DC.

12 Responses to “NEA and Fear”


Comment by
Tim Haas
July 28th, 2004
at 3:25 pm

Same debate and same outcome as at last year’s NEA convention:

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How’d it get on the agenda again?


Comment by
Deviant
July 28th, 2004
at 4:42 pm

Who knows? We’re talking about the NEA. 😉


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
July 28th, 2004
at 4:50 pm

I don’t think it did. “Unfunded” was deleted last year.


Comment by
Chris L
July 28th, 2004
at 5:43 pm

Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

What else is new ?

What else ya got ?


Comment by
Chris L
July 28th, 2004
at 5:43 pm

Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

What else is new ?

What else ya got ?


Comment by
Tim Haas
July 28th, 2004
at 6:25 pm

But look — Deb’s post is from Schlafly’s 2004 NEA report, which talks about “unfunded” getting voted out:

eaglef...8.html

Here’s the text from her 2003 report, which I linked to above — same issue, same outcome:

The NEA’s pettiness and vindictiveness against homeschoolers was manifested by the contentious debate on Resolution B-69 which originally read: “The Association also believes that unfunded home- schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.”

The word “unfunded” got into the proposed resolution because a handful of public schools provide funding for homeschoolers to participate in after-school activities. NEA delegates voted to delete the word “unfunded” because they oppose allowing homeschoolers, funded or unfunded, to associate with public school students who are “with us all day.”

Did they really have the same discussion two years in a row, or did Schlafly goof up?


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
July 28th, 2004
at 6:31 pm

Earlier this week I sent her an email pointing out the confusion. No word back. I’m betting she just screwed up.


Comment by
Tim Haas
July 28th, 2004
at 6:36 pm

One of the homeschooling task force members is the president of the Jersey chapter of Eagle Forum. I’ll see if she can get an answer.


Comment by
Deviant
July 28th, 2004
at 8:42 pm

Chris, quit your picking. 😉

Before I posted, I double-checked the date twice to make sure it was correct. We’re talking about the NEA and I thought that they had rehashed it again.


Comment by
Chris
July 28th, 2004
at 9:25 pm

Lest anybody get confused…the Chris in question is not me! I would never question a negative article on the NEA 🙂


Comment by
Deviant
July 28th, 2004
at 9:34 pm

Laughing. That was great!


Comment by
Eric Holcombe
July 29th, 2004
at 12:09 pm

They fear because the number of homeschooling students (at least as estimated by HSLDA) now closely matches the number of NEA members. Probably fair to say there’s one parent per homeschooled student (or at least .75). Most all of them vote. Do teachers fall through the cracks of the average 40% voter turnout? They can’t afford to any longer.