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 more than 6,000 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.
2019 Representative Assembly
Educators Prepare to Make an Impact in 2020
81 Utah delegates among 6,000 at the 2019 NEA Representative Assembly
Galvanized by the historic mobilization of public school educators that caught the attention of the entire nation, educators converged on the George E. Brown convention center in Houston, Texas on July 4 for the 98th National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) and 157th Annual Meeting. The theme of the 2019 RA was ‘Our Democracy. Our Responsibility. Our Time!’ After four busy and exciting days, the more than 6,000 delegates, including 81 from Utah, left Houston ready to carry the momentum of the #RedforEd movement into 2020.
Utah delegates to the RA left enthused. “This RA was inspiring,” said Cache Education Association member Theresa Stanton. “It was amazing to see the dedication of teachers in the USA (and Utah specifically) and how much each of us care about our students.” BreAnn Brewer from Grand Education Association said, “We often hear how teachers are a big part of the lives of their students, but to witness the sheer magnitude of this RA delegation was impressive. I was able to watch first hand how we as educators hold the power to make changes in our classrooms, state, nation and beyond”…more
NEA Representative Assembly Summaries