The WEA sends delegates to the CEA & NEA Representative Assemblies each year. We have an allotment of members to each meeting. For 2016, 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 2016 it will be held at the Hartford Convention Center on Friday May 6th and Sat 7th. 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. Every national election year: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016: the NEA RA is held in Washington, D.C. 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.
2016 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA): in Washington, DC
Washington, DC July 1, 2016 (travel day) – July 8, 2016 (travel day) 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
1. What is the Representative Assembly?
The National Education Association Representative Assembly — the “RA” — is the highest decision-making body within the over 3.2 million-member NEA. With over 9,000 delegates, the RA is also the world’s largest democratic deliberative body. Over the course of eight business sessions spanning four days, RA delegates debate the vital issues that impact American public education — and set Association policy and activities for the year ahead
2. Is the Representative Assembly the same as the Annual Meeting?
No. The Annual Meeting is the six-day period of time that includes the Representative Assembly. The first two days of the Annual Meeting — which this year runs from July 1 to 6 — are devoted to delegate registration and a wide range of pre-RA meetings, conferences, and exhibits. See the agenda for a full listing. .
3. How do NEA members become delegates to the Representative Assembly?
In balloting conducted by NEA affiliates throughout the country, NEA members elect their peers to represent their concerns at the RA. The delegates represent NEA local and state affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the NEA membership. The elected delegates determine NEA’s strategic plan and budget, legislative program, and resolutions. Delegates also vote, by secret ballot, on proposed amendments to the NEA constitution and bylaws and elect NEA’s executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors.
4. Why is the annual meeting held over the July 4th holiday?
Traditionally, July 4 was chosen because it was convenient for many educators. It was a time when most schools had finished the regular school year. In most cases, July 4 did not interrupt summer school sessions. Now that many schools have to make up snow days, the school year can run through the later part of June.
5. Is the RA always in the same city?
No. The site of each year’s NEA Annual Meeting is determined by the NEA Board of Directors. Washington DC (2016), Boston (2017), Minneapolis (2018), and Houston (2019).
6. What main factors determine where NEA holds its annual meetings?
The NEA Board of Directors decides the location of the annual meeting. These decisions are limited by the size of a city’s convention center, hotel availability, dates and affordable pricing. Many convention centers do not have enough space for the general session (the Representative Assembly).
7. How many people support the convention while it is going on?
Several convention center personnel such as laborers, food service workers, security personnel, and cleaning personnel help us during the Annual Meeting. Also, there are about 300 NEA staff and almost 250 volunteers who support the convention.
8. What is the NEAExpo?
The NEAExpo is a trade show for our delegates and members in attendance at the Annual Meeting. If you are interested in exhibiting, please visit the Expo Web Site and click on the link for exhibitors.