Thursday, January, 13 2011
7:00 PM CST * 5:00 PST * 8:00 EST
Participant Access Code: 604735#
During the call: *3 Exit the call; *4 Conference call instructions; *6 Mute/Unmute
Members present included: Tom McLaughlin (IA), Deb Turrici (PA), Pam Gibberman (CA), Oscar Forseman (IL), Charlie Fry (PA), Rich Nicklay (IA)
We urge our members to be present to make sure that we advocate for language that ensures that the arts are considered part of the core in any reauthorization of ESEA.
Although time precluded us from talking about this at length, we urge the support of the NBI written by Deb Turrici to advocate a national “Fabric of Unionism” contest to promote the importance of organizing and unions amongst our students.
A working draft of our survey will be submitted to our contacts throughout the nation. Finalizing this will be a priority in our February/March meeting. We will appoint a Czar for the interviews, for contacting the campaigns and for leading the interviews. Interviews will happen in April or May. We will vote as an Executive Board in April or May on the candidates we will work to support at the RA.
The group agreed that the Regional Conference goals should include: (A) Membership promotion (a form will be sent by Tom to all members); (B) an introduction and welcome of new members; (c) a discussion of the caucus, its goals, its work this year (including the NEA Fine Arts Task Foce and its work so far; (d) the roll out of revised resolution B-29 and NBI’s (enclosed); (e) strategy for getting these introduced at Regional Conferences; (f) presence at both the Legislative Hearing to promote “the Arts as Core”; (f) visiting with candidates or surrogates from their campaign to solicit endorsement interviews; (g) promotion of the NEA FAC Logo and Design Contest; (h) an update on the revisions in our Constitution, Bylaws and Operating Procedures.