The NJEA Delegate Assembly (DA), the association’s highest policy-making body, held its May 16 meeting through WebEx, an electronic videoconferencing program. NJEA President Marie Blistan presided over the DA meeting.

To accommodate an electronic meeting format, several amendments to the DA’s standing rules were required. Following a lengthy debate, delegates adopted standing rules for when an emergency necessitates a virtual meeting, but the rules were amended to indicate that two provisions would apply to the May 16 and June 10, 2020 DA meetings only. These amendments affected standing rules concerning the submission of New Business Items and rules concerning when and how nondelegate members may address the DA.

For the May 16 and June 10, 2020 DA meetings, nondelegate members can submit comments at njea.org/da to be included in the official record of the meeting.

Members may always reach out to their elected DA members to discuss their ideas, information and concerns. To find the names of your elected delegates, visit njea.org/da and click on the link to “NJEA Delegate Assembly” in the description of the DA. Each delegate has an email address that consists of their first initial and their full last name, followed by @njea.org.

Delegates adopt 2020-21 NJEA budget

NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty presented NJEA’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1, 2020.

“We operate under one simple premise: that we will continue to put forth budgets that demonstrate our values and our ongoing commitments to honor our members’ priorities,” Beatty said.

He noted that the proposed budget will enable the association to protect the economic interests, working conditions, job security, and pensions and benefits of NJEA members, support county and local associations, and promote quality professional development. The budget, Beatty said, will enable the association to continue to promote the quality system of public education that makes New Jersey’s schools the best in the nation.

For the 2020-21 fiscal year, delegates approved a $154,027,700 operating budget, a $12,986,600 NJEA Pride in Public Education budget, a $2,986,700 capital fund budget, and a $325,000 NJEA Disaster Relief Fund budget.

The approved budget will appear in the September 2020 edition of the NJEA Review.

Delegates to elect NEA Directors

The NEA Board of Directors is responsible for setting general policies between annual NEA Representative Assembly meetings. NJEA sends nine state representatives to the NEA Board of Directors. In addition, two other NEA Board members are NJEA members who were elected nationally in at-large positions.

The elected board members will serve three-year terms from Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2023. Elected alternates will serve one-year terms beginning Sept. 1.

The following NJEA members were nominated as NEA Director candidates: Brenda Brathwaite, Anita Kober, Carolyn, McKinney-Croix, Peter Moran, Michael Morton, Chrystal Parr-Allen, and Barbara Rheault. Nominated as NEA Director Alternates were June Camizzi, Christopher Cannella, Gayle Faulkner, Ashanti Rankin, and David Walker.

Delegates will elect NEA Directors and NEA Director Alternates through a mail-in ballot system.

Delegates take first vote on bylaw amendments

DA members considered three amendments to NJEA’s bylaws. The first proposes to amend the calculation of dues for members based upon when they join NJEA, the second would amend the hourly threshold at which members are considered part-time employees in their districts, and the third would add three committees to the list of standing committees in NJEA’s bylaws.

Amendments to NJEA’s bylaws require two votes by the DA, each at a separate DA meeting. At the first meeting, the bylaw amendments must

pass by a majority vote of the DA. At the second meeting, a three-fourths vote of all DA members is required for the adoption of such amendments.

Three bylaw amendments were adopted by a majority vote at the May 26 DA. The second vote will take place at the June 10, 2020 DA meeting. As required for bylaw amendments, the full text of the proposed amendments to the NJEA Bylaws can be found on pages 10-11 of this edition of the NJEA Review.

Minutes of the proceedings of the DA, when available, are published in the NJEA Review and at njea.org/da.

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