NEA RA 2017 

 NEA Representative Assembly - Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. What is the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA)?
  2. Who goes to NEA’s Annual Meeting and RA?
  3. What is MTA’s role at the NEA-RA?
  4. How do I become a local delegate to the NEA-RA?
  5. What are the delegate responsibilities for the NEA Representative Assembly?
  6. When and where is the preconvention meeting for the NEA-RA?
  7. Where is the NEA-RA located this year?
  8. What are the traveling dates for the 2017 NEA-RA?
  9. Do you have hotel information and rates for the 2017 NEA-RA?
  10. What are the nearest airports to the 2017 NEA-RA?
  11. May we bring spouses?
  12. How do I register for the hotel and social events?
  13. When will we receive more information from the MTA on the 2017 NEA-RA?
  14. How can I find out more about the NEA-RA?
  15. If I am a delegate, can members of my family serve on the 2017 Host Committee?

1. What is the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-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. With over 8,000 delegates, 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.  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. Who goes to NEA’s Annual Meeting and RA?

The 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. View a list of future Annual Meeting sites at www.nea.org/ra.

3. What is MTA’s role at the NEA-RA?

Since the strength and effectiveness of the NEA is derived from the membership, it is critical that members have a direct voice in determining its guiding principles and policies. MTA delegates are directly responsible, individually and collectively, for representing the professional, political and union interests of their locals and the MTA as a whole. The seriousness of that charge cannot be overstated.

4. How do I become a local delegate to the NEA-RA?

Locals elect delegates to the NEA-RA. If you want to nominate yourself to be a delegate from your local to the NEA-RA in July, we recommend that you send an email to your local president and vice president in January notifying them of your interest in serving as a delegate. Local leaders can advise you about the procedure to become a local RA delegate. The MTA provides stipends for local delegates.

5. What are the delegate responsiblities to the NEA Representative Assembly?

MTA Policy 165.45.05 explains the delegate responsibilities as follows:

Your election as a delegate indicates your commitment and ability to serve your local and state organization at the NEA Representative Assembly. The MTA recognizes this accomplishment and is proud to have you as a member of the state delegation. The responsibility and dedication that you bring to the Representative Assembly will be demonstrated in the most positive manner while you carry out the important work of the Representative Assembly. Inherent in this commitment is your willingness to accept all the responsibilities, duties, special assignments and challenges of a delegate.

Article III, Section 7 of the NEA Constitution, states that the functions of the NEA Representative Assembly shall be [to]:

  • Establish Association policies and objectives;
  • Elect the President, the Vice President, the Secretary-Treasurer, the at-large members of the Board of Directors, and the members of the Executive Committee as provided in this Constitution and/or the Bylaws;
  • Adopt the annual budget;
  • Establish dues;
  • Approve or ratify the establishment of subsidiary corporate structures;
  • Exercise final authority in all matters of the Association;
  • Amend the NEA Constitution and the Bylaws in accordance with Article IX;
  • Adopt the rules and agenda governing its meetings; and
  • Enact such other measures as may be necessary to achieve the goals and objectives of the Association which are not in conflict with the NEA Charter, the NEA Constitution, or the NEA Bylaws.

Board of Directors: March 1992

6. When and where is the preconvention meeting for the NEA-RA?

The NEA-RA preconvention is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Double Tree Westborough, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581. Registration will begin at 4pm and the meeting will start at 4:30pm. Pre-registration is required. You will receive the 2017 NEA-RA delegate handbook at this meeting.


7. Where is the NEA-RA located this year?

Boston, MA

8. What are the traveling dates for the 2017 NEA-RA?

Thursday, June 29, 2017 to Thursday, July 6, 2017

9. Do you have hotel information and rates for the 2017 NEA-RA?

The MTA delegation will be staying at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116. 

The room rates are as follows:

  • Single: $187 + 14.45% tax = $214.02 ($107.01 per person)
  • Double: $207 + 14.45% tax = $236.91 ($78.97 per person)
  • Quad two beds: $227 + 14.45% tax = $259.80 ($64.95 per person)

DO NOT call the hotel directly.  Reservations can only be made by using the online registration link.  Register online at www.massteacher.org/ra

10. What are the nearest airports to the 2017 NEA-RA in Boston, MA?

The nearest airport to the Boston Hynes Convention Center is Boston Logan International Airport.

11. May we bring spouses?

Yes, spouses are welcomed to come, at their own expense (i.e. flights, food, social events, etc.)  They may attend the morning caucus meetings each day, although they need to be seated in the rear of the room.  They must register as a guest and sit in the non delegate seating area at the RA.  They may participate in any of the MTA's or NEA's social events at their own expense. 

12. How do I register for the hotel and social events?

Register online at www.massteacher.org/ra for the following:

  • Hotel 
  • Social Activities
  • Preconvention meeting on Wednesday, June 7
  • Mentor/Mentoree Program

You can expect to receive the information during the 2nd week of May.  Deadline to register is Thursday, May 25.

13. When will we receive more information from the MTA on the 2017 NEA-RA?

Information regarding the 2017 NEA-RA in Boston will be coming to you via email during the 2nd week of May. 

14. How can I find out more about the NEA-RA?

Go to www.nea.org/ra for the latest news from the meeting, election results, and access to floor action items.

15. If I am a delegate, can members of my family serve on the 2017 Host Committee?

Yes, the NEA-Ra can be a family affair. There are many opportunities for MTA members to bring family to get involved and experience this exciting National NEA event. MTA’s involvement in the Host Committee means we need to coordinate approximately 200 volunteers each day to provide staffing to over 10,000 members and guests. We need adults to serve as well as teens and young adults to help our physically challenged delegates. Click here for more information and sign-up to volunteer.