Representative Assembly

The WEA sends delegates to the CEA & NEA Representative Assemblies each year. We have an allotment of members to each meeting. For 2020, we will have 11 delegates to the CEA RA and 4 for the NEA RA.

CEA Representative Assembly
is held each May, usually on the first weekend over a Friday and Saturday. In 2020 it will be held at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center on Friday May 8th and Sat 9th. About 500 delegates from all Connecticut CEA locals meet to do the business of the CEA. Activities include reports from representatives, elections of officers to CEA and NEA posts and voting on the budget and revisions to bylaws and constitution. The delegates also propose action items for the CEA and then vote on them.

NEA Representative Assembly is held over the week around the 4th of July in a different location each year.  More than 10,000 NEA member delegates from all over the United States meet to conduct the business of the NEA. Activities include reports from representatives and committees and elections of officers to  NEA posts. The NEA budget is presented and voted on. Many new business items are presented and voted on. Revisions to bylaws and constitution are also voted on.
2020 Atlanta GA      NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA)

2020 Atlanta, TX   – July 2 –July 6 – Atlanta, GA (travel days: July 1 and July 7)        RA FAQ

Election to RA: CEA members may be selected each year to participate. If there are more than the allotted number of delegates who are interested in participating in either RA, an election will be held to decide on delegates. If fewer than the allotment apply, all applicants will be selected to attend.

NEA Representative Assembly Memo from the WEA  learn about attending NEA RA, rights and responsibilities of delegates.

Frequently Asked Questions of the NEA RA

Who goes to NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly?

The Representative Assembly (RA) consists of roughly 8,000 delegates representing state and local affiliates. These delegates are elected by their local and state Associations and represent preK-16 educators, including education support professionals, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession.

What is the RA?

The RA is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the National Education Association (NEA) and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. 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 RA is the largest democratic deliberative assembly in the world and adheres to Robert’s Rules of Order, except as otherwise specified in NEA governing documents.

When and where is the RA?

The Annual Meeting and RA is held every year during the last week of June and/or first week of July. The Annual Meeting kicks off with conferences, committee meetings, and events. The RA takes place during the final four days of the Annual Meeting. The location of the meeting varies year to year. 2015 Annual Meeting will take place in Orlando, FL. You may also view dates and locations for the past and future meetings.

Why does the RA meet every year?

The RA adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the legislative program, and other policies of NEA. Delegates propose, debate, and take action on new business items for the Association and 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.

How can I find out more about the RA?

Go to starting end of June  for the latest news from the meeting, election results, and access to floor action items.