UEA Members Take Part in Leading Houston NEA Agenda Based on Kids and School Funding

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Three Utica Education Association (UEA) members took part in an historic meeting of the National Education Association (NEA) in Houston where politics shined and kids took front and center, appropriately during the 4th of July week celebration.

UEA President and UEA member David Rudzinski

UEA President and UEA member David Rudzinski

UEA President, Liza Parkinson and UEA members Eric Kehres and David Rudzinski as well as UEA paraprofessionals Antonella Piccirilli and Paula McConnell joined more than 6,000 NEA delegates for the event, which gained national attention because a total of 10 presidential candidates took part to respective vision for the nation.  But the 157th annual meeting of the NEA was about more than politics, focusing throughout the week on students.  

“We addressed 160 business items, it’s the most I’ve ever seen and most surrounded the topic of how we can do more to support our kids in the midst of declining funding for our schools,” said Parkinson, who has been attending the NEA Convention since 1991. “I was also impressed by the number of younger teachers who attended and the discussions surround supports for our dysregulated students.”  

The theme of the 157th Annual Meeting was Our Democracy. Our Responsibility. Our Time! with the goal of motivating attendees to carry the momentum of the #RedforEd movement into 2020.

Michigan delegation in Houston

Michigan delegation in Houston

“This movement has created something better for millions of students and educators, but it’s bigger than that,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told delegates in her keynote address. ” We’ve created something better for communities—for this country that we love.”