To change the allocation of delegates to the Representative Assembly.

Article III. Representative Assembly
Section 2. Allocation of Delegates.

a. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (c) below, allocation of delegate credentials to state affiliates shall be based on the ratio of 1:1,000 Active members of the Association within the state. No state shall receive fewer than fifteen (15) delegate credentials. Other delegate credentials shall be allocated as provided in the Bylaws. Beginning with the 2022 Representative Assembly, the allocation of delegates under this subsection will be based on a ratio of 1:1,200 Active members of the Association, and no state shall receive fewer than eight (8) delegate credentials.

b. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (c) below, allocation of delegate credentials to local affiliates shall be based on the ratio of 1:150 Active members of the Association or major fraction thereof. Local affiliates within a state may similarly join together to form membership units for the purpose of representation. Allocation of delegate credentials for such clustered local affiliates shall be based on the ratio of 1:150 Active members of the Association or major fraction thereof. Beginning with the 2022 Representative Assembly, the allocation of delegates under this subsection will be based on a ratio of 1:300 Active members of the Association.

c. The ratios to be used for the allocation of delegate credentials to state affiliates, dual-national state affiliates, and dual-national local affiliates shall be proportionately adjusted to reflect the reduction in Association dues paid by Active members of such affiliates pursuant to Bylaw 2-7.m., provided that this Article III, Section 2 (c) shall not apply to Active members of a dual-national local affiliate (i) in a state that does not have a dual-national state affiliate, and (ii) that became affiliated with the Association as a dual-national local affiliate prior to September 1, 1999.

d. The Bylaws shall define the term ethnic minority and shall seek to achieve ethnic minority representation in the Representative Assembly.

Impact Statement

Article III, Section 2 of the NEA Constitution provides for the allocation of state and local delegates to the Representative Assembly.  Under this section, state affiliate delegate allocations are based on a ratio of one delegate for every 1,000 Active members, with no state receiving fewer than 15 delegate seats.  Local affiliate delegate allocations are based on a ratio of one delegate for every 150 members or major fraction thereof.

If adopted, the amendment would change the ratios and minimum delegate allocations beginning with the 2022 Representative Assembly.  State affiliate delegate allocations would be based on a ratio of one delegate for every 1,200 members, with no state receiving fewer than eight delegates.  Local affiliate allocations would be based on a ratio of one delegate for every 300 members.

In 2017, the total number of allocated state plus local delegate seats was 16,327 (2,288 state and 14,039 local) based on the current ratios provided under the Constitution. Under the ratios proposed by the amendment, the number of allocated state and local delegate seats in 2017 would have been 7,947 (1,846 state and 6,101 local).  In 2017, a total of 7,191 delegates attended the RA. This included state and local delegates plus retired, student, and ex officio delegates. Because future membership totals are not known, it is not possible to estimate the number of allocated seats for 2022, when the amendment would go into effect.

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Bob Brown - CT