March 5-7, 2020
Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave.
The 166th Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) convenes on March 5, 2020. The debates and decisions made by the assembled delegates set the direction of IEA for the coming year.
IEA Bylaws/Resolutions and Legislative Platform Open Hearings
Any IEA RA delegate who missed the open hearings on January 21, 22 or 23 can view a recording and submit any questions related to the proposed amendments prior to the RA.
What is the IEA RA
Action Items for the RA
All proposals should be submitted in writing to the IEA President’s office prior to the IEA RA. At the IEA RA, proposals should be submitted to the Parliamentary Assistance Table. The timelines will be published in the delegate handbook.
Bylaws are the Association’s rules for internal governance. Bylaw means a rule or administrative provision adopted by an organization for its internal governance and its external dealings. Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th edition, p. 242).
Based on the IEA Bylaws, Article XIX, Amending Procedure, a proposal that has been received by the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on December 11, 2019 may be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present and voting.
If proposed bylaws are submitted after that date, they will require a three-fourths vote of the members present and voting and shall be signed by fifteen (15) delegates to the Annual Meeting. The deadline will be posted in the delegate handbook.
Resolutions are the formal expressions of opinion, intent, belief, or position of the Association. They shall set forth general concepts in clear, concise language, shall be broad in nature, shall state the positions of the Association positively and without ambiguity, and shall be consistent with the goals of the Association as stated in the preamble of the Constitution. (Standing Rule 7, NEA Standing Rules, 2019-2020). Resolutions are philosophical statements of belief that will carry over time without specificity.
Proposed changes to the Resolutions can be submitted to the IEA President’s office using the online form prior to the RA. At the RA, they will need to be presented at the Parliamentary Assistance Table.
New Business Items (NBI)
New business relating to substantive policies or programs for the Association shall be specific in nature and terminal in application. (Standing Rule 6, NEA Standing Rules, 2019-2020). Items of new business are specific statements which may address aspects of implementation. NBI’s can be submitted to the IEA President’s office using the online form prior to the RA. At the RA, they will need to be presented at the Parliamentary Assistance Table. Only delegates to the IEA RA may submit an NBI.
If you would like a hard copy of the IEA Bylaws, Resolutions and New Business Item handbook, please contact Ann Holmes at 1-800-252-8076.
Legislative Platform Amendments
The Legislative Platform was written and developed by members of the IEA to provide guidance on how to address education policy and those issues facing our students and educators. Platform amendments are support/oppose statements that address school funding, collective bargaining, educational opportunities and employee rights.