Alabama delegates attend 2014 NEA-RA
Nearly 9,000 educators from every state met in Denver, Colorado to address the pressing
issues facing schools, students, and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting and 92nd Representative Assembly (RA). Beginning on June 26 with pre-RA activities, the meeting culminated on July 6.
Like the AEA Delegate Assembly held each year in December which sets the legislative agenda and the positions of the state organization, the NEA-RA is the top decision-making body for the more than three million member national organization and sets the Association policy on a national level for the coming year. Delegates adopt the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the legislative program, and other policies of the Association, and they vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the NEA’s Constitution and Bylaws. Additionally, they take up issues to support NEA’s new action agenda, announced this past December, that will help transform the teaching profession and improve student learning. NEA’s Representative Assembly is also the world’s largest democratic deliberative body.
Alabama was represented by 219 delegates who made the trip to advance the interests of the members in this state.
In thanking the delegates, President Anita Gibson stated, “Once again the Alabama Delegates to the NEA-RA represented our members back home with class and a healthy knowledge of the issues before us. We stood united in our votes for the values of our membership on each and every issue that came before us. Our delegation was extremely honored to serve as host to our International Guest, Lourdes Joseph Delouis, Secretary General of the confederation Nationale des Educateurs d’Haiti and her interpreter Paul Lency. We witnessed the election of three strong women of color to the top three officer positions of NEA, and delegates debated and took positions on 107 new business items, three policy statements, and numerous amendments to the NEA constitution, standing rules, bylaws, resolutions, and legislative programs. It was a very busy time filled with long days and much discussion. Thanks to everyone for your hard work and all you did to make this year’s RA a great experience for all.”
Delegates to the NEA-RA are elected each year on a local level. The number of delegates to which your local is entitled is dependant upon the number of members in your local. If you are interested in serving as a delegate to the NEA-RA, contact your local association president or your local UniServ Director for additional information.
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