General Questions and Answers on the 2020 RA

  1. What are the dates and times of the virtual RA?
    1. July 2-3, 2020, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. EDT
  2. Will this change impact the rotation of cities for the RA?

    1. It will not. The upcoming cites for the RA are Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Orlando.
  3. Will there be an NEA RA website for resources and materials this year?

    1. Yes we will utilize NEA.org/ra for resources and materials
  4. When and how will delegates receive information for participating in the virtual RA?

    1. Delegates Credential Registration email invites were sent on June 2. Additional information on the virtual RA will be sent via Delegate Newsletters, and information posted on the www.nea.org/ra
  5. Will there be NBI’s, Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, Resolutions, and Legislative program?

    1. Due to the limited technology capabilities in relation to debate and action, NBI’s, Resolutions, Legislative, Constitutional and Bylaw Amendments will all be postponed until the 2021 Representative Assembly. The current legislative platform will continue until the RA 2021. There will be a Legislative Information Session on July 7, and a Resolutions Information Session on July 9. Registration for both of those sessions are included in the RA registration.
  6. How do we welcome our new President of the NEA in a way that everybody can be involved?

    1. Center for Governance is creating a plan. More information to come.
  7. Will NEA host virtual meetings for Special Interest Caucuses?
          a. Yes, special interest caucuses were invited to reserve a Zoom room with NEA to hold a meeting. Caucuses that reserved rooms, the dates and times will be posted on www.nea.org/ra
  8. Will the recommended candidate for president be able to address delegates in the virtual RA?

    1. Vice President Joe Biden will address the delegates.
  9. How will delegates be able to verify that their mail ballots have been received back to count?
          a. Sequential numbers are assigned to each eligible voter at the beginning of the process and will be marked off at the tabulation at the very end.
  10. Will the mail ballot be “mail back” only or will there be an option to vote online with a dedicated delegate ID?

    1. As NEA elections are LMRDA compliant, the mail ballot will be mail back only, with no option to vote online.
  11. Given the challenges with overseas mail, how will those delegates receive their mail paper ballots for voting?

    1. Overseas ballots will be express mailed to those delegates, with a pre-paid express mail return of the secret paper ballot.
  12. What ballots will Ex-Officio Delegates receive?

    1. We will do one of two things: We will create a separate ballot for ex officio delegates which will only have the presidential endorsement and strategic plan and budget; or we will create the same ballot for them that all delegates will receive and just black out the candidate races. And we will be certain they do not vote in the runoff election assuming there are any.
  13. How do I get Campaign and Candidate Materials Information?

    1. Contact Carrie Lewis in Center for Governance
  14. How do we elect at-large members to the board?

    1. At-large candidates will be included on the mail paper ballot.
  15. How will the move to virtual RA effect the pre-conferences with elections (Retired, and Aspiring Ed)?

    1. Regarding NEA Directors for NEA-Retired and Aspiring Educator categories, elections would be conducted through their respective virtual meetings.
      1. Plans for conducting the elections for these governance positions
        will be coordinated with constituency leaders, NEA Center for Governance, and the Office of General Counsel so as to be in compliance with policy and regulation.
    2. Regarding Resolutions Committee members for NEA-Retired and Aspiring Educator categories, NEA Center for Governance and the Office of General Counsel recommends using our vacancy appointment procedure to fill vacancies.

      1. For NEA-Retired, any vacancies resulting from terms currently being served by committee members that end in 2020, Standing Rule 7.B.7 and NEA-Retired Bylaws permit the NEA-Retired Executive Counsel to fill by appointment vacancies that arise in regular committee positions between Representative Assemblies.
      2. For NEA Aspiring Educators, any vacancies resulting from terms currently being served by committee members that end in 2020 allows the Advisory Committee of Aspiring Educators or the Chairperson to fill by appointment vacancies that arise in regular committee positions between Representative Assemblies.
  16. Whom do I contact if I have questions regarding Resolution Elections?

    1. Contact Paul Birkmeier or Sabrina Tines in NEA Center for Governance.
  17. Will RA sessions be posted on www.nea.org/ra?
     Yes
  18. Will locals be out the hotel costs or will any hotel cost cancellations be passed back down to locals?

    1. Our goal is to negotiate as best we can to waive or substantially reduce cancellation fees for our affiliates. We believe we will be largely successful in doing so, as we want to try to hold our state and local affiliates as harmless as possible.
  19. How will delegates with technology challenges or no technology available, receive all pertinent information regarding the RA?

    1. For any delegates with technology challenges that doesn’t allow them to view the materials on-line should indicate that in the RA registration so that materials can be provided.
  20. Will NEA reimburse delegates who might have paid or made deposits on travel?

    1. Most travel agencies and airlines are giving reimbursement for travel booked previously but if delegates are having problems, they should contact us and we will rectify.
  21. How will we recognize HCR Award Winners?

    1. Information on the plan for the HCR Awards will be posted in the upcoming weeks.
  22. What happens to the pre-RA Conferences

    1. Information on the Conference on Racial and Social Justice can be found at http://www.nea.org/grants/JointConference.html 
    2. Information on the Aspiring Educators Conference can be found at www.nea.org/aspiringed
  23. Will NEA recognize the Teacher, ESP and Higher Ed of the Year at the RA?

    1. Yes
  24. Will Women’s Suffrage be recognized?

    1. NEA is still planning on commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. More details to come.
  25. Can non-delegates attend the Virtual RA

    1. The key word in that question is the word “Virtual”. Who would have ever thought that we would be under a Pandemic and unable to travel and come together to conduct the work of an in-person RA. Given the complexities of holding an RA virtually with 7,000 people, we want to ensure those elected as delegates to represent the membership have the opportunity fully participate virtually. As a result, to avoid overloading the virtual space that could impact that, we will be unable to register non-delegate members. However, we will be posting the presentations/videos, etc. on www.nea.org/ra and all are welcome to watch.

    NEA Acts to Make the 2020 Representative Assembly (RA) Virtual
    See NEA’s Announcement on the Virtual RA
    Learn more about the standing rules for the 2020 Virtual RA 
    Download PDF of 2020 RA Overview & Q&A (PDF)