The National Education Association passed a resolution during their annual Representative Assembly in Chicago that would allocate thousands of dollars to conduct opposition research on 25 organizations that are supposedly attacking gender identity and sexual orientation freedoms in public schools.
“NEA shall compile research to create fact sheets about the largest 25 organizations that are actively working to diminish a students’ right to honesty in education, freedom of sexual and gender identify, and teacher autonomy,” the resolution said. NEA’s resolutions are called new business items (NBI) and represent the teachers’ union’s opinions and beliefs. They also open the door to funding.
The cost for compiling the list and for the research would amount to $140,625, NBI 15 said. The research will include probing into groups’ funding sources, the leaders of the organizations, “connections to known entities that are seeking to dismantle public education, organization headquarters and chapter locations.”
Nicole Neily of Parents Defending Education told Fox News Digital that she was very concerned about the resolution. “It’s not surprising that the unions would compile an ‘enemies list,'” she said.
“[The NEA’s] policies are deeply unpopular with average American families – and, I suspect, with many of their rank-and-file membership – which means that they must enforce their ideology through bullying and intimidation. We will not be bullied, we will not be cowed, and we will not be silenced – we will continue to advocate for our children, because the past two years have made it abundantly clear that children’s welfare is the unions’ absolute last priority.”
The research on the 25 organizations will be sent out to state affiliates so that they can be “armed with information to organize against attacks on public education.”
“They’re not just trying to change culture, they’re trying to change what it means to be human,” a retired union member, Jeralee Smith, told Fox News Digital. “They have no ability to tolerate somebody who doesn’t agree with them.”
Other resolutions that were passed during the conference were seen by critics to have “anti-Israel” and “antisemitic” implications. For example, NBI 13 would allocate $9,000 for defending educators advocating for the Palestinian narrative “when they are under attack.”
“The NEA will now be establishing protocols to support their teachers who face backlash when using one-sided, factually inaccurate sources that question Israel’s right to exist. The NEA’s singling out and holding to a different standard the sole Jewish country is blatantly antisemitic. This is greatly concerning not only for Jewish NEA members, but also the many Jewish students, and all students, who will have these teachers pushing their antisemitic agenda in their classrooms,” Rebecca Schgallis of United Against Antisemitism in Northern Virginia told Fox News Digital.
Elana Fishbein of No Left Turn in Education also accused the union of Jew-hatred. “For the NEA to even permit these anti-Israel issues to be included among its new business items is antisemitic and reprehensible. They should be focusing their energy on strategies to improve student academic performance, instead of making foolish political statements,” she said.
The union also passed resolutions relating to ensuring various “anti-LGBTQ+ legislation” around the country are defeated. NBI 41 stipulated that the NEA would take “all necessary steps” to overturn Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which critics call the “Don’t Say Gay bill.” The law, which was signed in March, imposed restrictions on the ages that students can be introduced to topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Fox News Digital reached out to the NEA for comment but did not immediately receive a response.