Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wednesday, July 1

After the welcome and introductions, student delegates, new delegates, staff and the executive board were recognized at the Education Minnesota Caucus Meeting. New Business Item (NBI) procedures and the Political Action Committee were discussed. Senator Al Franken and the NEA-AFT campaign were also discussed.

This meeting reflected strong values that Education Minnesota supports. The first was how meeting together, as a caucus, strengthens our union. One strategy to accomplish this is by contributing what we can to support congressional delegates that support education. Networking was also greatly encouraged. Fortunately, we, the student delegates, began that process when we arrived in San Diego for the Student Delegate Conference. We also continue networking with our Education Minnesota Caucus. The NEA core values (Community Outreach, Political Action and Teacher Quality) that we discussed at the student conference definitely coincide with Education Minnesota's values.

Veronica Blake
Education Minnesota Student Program
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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