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~Dr. Seuss

Standing Rules


  1. The right to vote on Caucus business shall be limited to current Category A dues paying members. The rights of debate and discussion shall be limited to current Category A and Category B dues paying members. Non-dues paying visitors may not participate in debate, discussion or voting. The treasurer shall be the final authority in matters of question regarding validity of membership. (Amended April, 2011)
  2. The order of business at meetings of the Caucus shall be the discretion of the Co-Chairs, with the advice of the Executive Committee and as amended/adopted by the members in attendance. (Amended January, 1995)
  3. Standing Rules may be amended or deleted at any meeting of the Caucus.
  4. Minutes of the meetings of the Caucus shall be provided to the membership at the first meeting of the Caucus at the next meeting of the CTA State Council.
  5. An official Parliamentarian shall be appointed at the discretion of the Co-Chairs.  Any questions of a parliamentary nature may be directed only through the presiding officer/chairperson.  The Parliamentarian may advise the chair; only the presiding officer may rule.
  6. Bylaws will be provided to each new member and will be available at all meetings of the Caucus.
  7. Elections shall be conducted under the general guidelines of the CTA Elections Manual with open nominations and equal access for all voting members.
  8. Dues for the CTA-LGBTQ+C shall be no more than those for the NEA-LGBTQ+ Caucus  (Amended June 2016)
 

CTA-LGBTQ+ Caucus Membership Dues Structure

The following CTA-LGBTQ+ Caucuse dues structure and definitions revision shall apply to all members, effective July 1, 2006 (Amended January 2006):

  1. Category A (Voting members):.
    1. $20 - Regular (Active) membership (CTA Caucus Only)
    2. $40 - Joint (Active) membership (Both CTA and NEA Caucuses)
    3. $35 - Domestic Partners membership (CTA Caucus only; must be two CTA members who reside at same address)
    4. $65 - Joint Domestic Partners membership (Both CTA and NEA Caucuses; must be two CTA members who reside at same address.
    5. $5 - Student membership (Must be a Student CTA member)
    6. $5 - Retired membership (Must be a member of CTA –Retired)
  1. Category A (Voting members):.
    1. $10 - Associate membership (Anyone who is not a CTA member)
 

CTA/NEA Candidate Interviews & Recommendations

  1. The Executive Committee will issue a request to members of the Caucus for volunteers to serve on the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee for the current council year;
  2. The Executive Committee will appoint a Chair of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee and the four committee members;
  3. The Chair of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee will recommend a 5-member interview committee, including the chair, to the Executive Committee for approval;
  4. The CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee will serve from September 1 through the following June 30;
  5. No more than 2 of the committee members may be Class B members;
  6. Members of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee must be Caucus members in good standing and membership must be verified with the Caucus Treasurer prior to candidate interviews;
  7. Candidate interviews will take place the afternoon of the regularly scheduled Caucus meeting of each CTA State Council Meeting;
  8. The Candidate Interview Committee Chair shall contact CTA Governance to obtain the names and email address of officially recognized CTA/NEA candidates;
  9. The interview committee will only interview candidates after the position has been officially declared open by CTA;
  10. The Chair of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee shall send an email to each candidate that has filed a declaration of candidacy, and copied to the Caucus Co-Chairs. The email shall:
    1. Introduce the Caucus;
    2. Indicate that the Caucus is interested in interviewing the candidate;
    3. Request that candidate respond to schedule an interview;
    4. Provide a date and time range for the interview; and
    5. Provide a deadline for responding;
  1. The interview committee will interview all CTA/NEA candidates expressing an interest in seeking the Caucus’s recommendation that respond before the indicated deadline. It is the sole responsibility of the CTA/NEA candidate to schedule the interview appointment and attend the interview;
  2. The CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee will meet in private to interview each candidate, using the questions formulated by the committee and approved by the Caucus Co-Chairs. In fairness to all candidates seeking the Caucus recommendations, all candidates will be asked the same questions and scored using the same scoring rubric;
  3. After interviewing all candidates for an office, the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee will meet to discuss the results of the interviews, using the scoring rubric as a reference point, and making a final recommendation to the Caucus
  4. The Chair of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee shall submit a written “CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee Summary”, which shall include a list of all candidates interviewed, offices for which they were interviewed, each interviewers rubric scaled score, the recommendations of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee, and a summary of why the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee is making its recommendation, to the Caucus Co-Chairs no later than 30 minutes prior to the first Caucus meeting;
  5. The Chair of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee shall present each recommendation to the Caucus for a vote approving its recommendations. The Candidate Interview Committee shall present one of the following THREE recommendation categories on which the Caucus membership will vote – “YES RECOMMENDATION”, “NO RECOMMENDATION”, or “YOUR CHOICE RECOMMENDATION”;
  6. Members of the Caucus shall have the opportunity to question the Chair of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee regarding the Committee’s recommendation, but under no circumstances shall the score for any candidate be provided to any member of the Caucus, other than the Co-Chairs;
  7. Members of the Caucus will have the option of approving the committee’s recommendation or, by substitute motion, either rejecting the committee’s recommendation, selecting an alternate candidate or taking a position of ‘no position’ on any race;
  8. The CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee will not reopen interviews for any position for which they have already interviewed.
  9. The Chair of the CTA/NEA Candidate Interview Committee will notify recommended candidates and provide them with recommendation stickers.