The NEA Representative Assembly of 2010: A Longer View of Crisis and Consciousness

Rich Gibson

Abstract


Following the 2009 National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) in San Diego, new NEA president Dennis Van Roekel was hugging Arne Duncan, fawning over new President Obama, and hustling the slogan, "Hope Starts Here!"   At the very close of the 2009 RA, delegates were treated to a video of themselves chanting, "Hope starts Here!" and "Hope Starts with Obama and Duncan!" The NEA poured untold millions of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours, into the Obama campaign. In 2009, Van Roekel promised to tighten NEA-Obama ties, despite the President's educational policies and investment in war.  What happened in the year's interim? What was the social context of the 2010 RA?

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