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Nearly 9,000 Educators Gather to Discuss and Vote on Key Education Issues

Nearly 9,000 educators from every state will come together to address the pressing issues facing schools, students and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 150th Annual Meeting and 91st Representative Assembly (RA) through July 5 here in Washington DC.

The RA, the top decision-making body for the more than three million member NEA, sets Association policy 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. They will also 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.


Highlights of the 2012 NEA Annual Meeting, Representative Assembly and preconvention activities

Sunday, July 1

NEA recognizes human and civil rights activists each year for their work in advancing the cause of equal opportunity, improving relationships between diverse groups and expanding educational opportunities for minority students and educators. This year’s award winners will be honored at the 2012 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Monday, July 2

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel will open the four-day RA with his keynote address at approximately

12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3

NEA will bestow its America’s Greatest Education Governor award on Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

Wednesday, July 4

2012 Education Support Professional of the Year, Judy Near, a health technician and attendance clerk at Skyline Elementary School in Canon City, Colo., will address delegates.

Thursday, July 5

The National Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Mieliwocki, an English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, Calif., will address delegates.