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About the NEA Representative Assembly
The World's Largest Democratic Deliberative Assembly
NEA's Annual Meeting takes place during the final week of June and the first week of July. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business.
The Representative Assembly (RA) takes place during the final four days of the Annual Meeting. It is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the Association. Delegates vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Those delegates with full voting rights elect the executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors, as appropriate.
The RA consists of some 7,500 delegates representing state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession. Further information on the RA is contained in Article III of the NEA Constitution and in Bylaw 3.
2017 Representative Assembly
Educators Vow to Hold Strong, Fight For Public Education
75 Utah delegates among 7,500 at the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly
Vigorous debates and discussions over social justice, the dangers posed by the Trump-DeVos education agenda and ending the proliferation of unaccountable charter schools dominated the 96th NEA Representative Assembly (RA) held July 2-5 at the Boston Convention Center. Despite addressing these serious challenges, the spirits of delegates were lifted by emotional presentations from student poets that kicked off each day’s activities and a rapturously received appearance by actor and reading advocate LeVar Burton...more
NEA Representative Assembly Summaries