Boston Bound!

Attend NEA Representative Assembly in Historic ‘Cradle of Liberty’

Next stop, Beantown!

Perhaps more appropriately, it should be said that NSEA delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly in 2017 will be participating in the world’s largest democratic deliberative body in this nation’s Cradle of Liberty — Boston, MA.

Every July, up to 9,000 American educators gather to talk about issues and challenges facing public schools.

The 2017 Representative Assembly will take place in the same city that played such a key role in the American Revolution. More history will be made!

About 100 Nebraska delegates will attend July 1-5. If you have an interest in attending, this would be a great year to do so!

All active NSEA members are eligible to serve. In addition, there are provisions for student members and retirees to attend.

NSEA’s larger local associations — those with 76 members or more — will hold internal elections to select RA delegates. If you belong to an association of 76 members or more, and are interested in serving as a delegate, contact your local association president, or talk to your NSEA organizational specialist at 1-800-742-0047.

In all other cases, those who wish to be considered must qualify through one of the categories listed below and must file their intent to seek election as a delegate through the NSEA website at: www.nsea.org/2017-district-elections

Those members who wish to seek a delegate spot by filing through the website will need their NSEA membership ID number to do so. That 10-digit individualized number can be found on each member’s NSEA Access membership card; above the member’s name on

The Voice mailing label; or above the member’s name in the e-mail that delivers the digital issue of The Voice.

When filing, candidates have the option of completing a 50-word statement that can be reviewed by voters.

The deadline for filing is Sunday, Feb. 5. The member’s filing details will be posted to the NSEA website within 24 hours. If you do not see your name on the website list of candidates by Monday, Feb. 6, contact NSEA immediately.

Questions? Reach NSEA’s Patty Schroer at: patty.schroer@nsea.org

Here are the categories:

District At-Large RA Cluster Delegates

For the purpose of electing delegates, local associations with fewer than 76 members are grouped in clusters in each of NSEA’s six governance districts. For instance, all local associations in Elkhorn District with fewer than76 members will vote on a common set of candidates for delegate to RA.

There are approximately 10 openings for Cluster Delegates from the Capitol, Elkhorn and Tri-Valley districts; eight from Metro District; seven from the Sandhills District; three from the Panhandle District. Cluster delegates fund their own RA costs.

Members interested in serving as a Cluster Delegate must complete the online filing by the Sunday, Feb. 5, deadline.

At-Large Delegates

Any active NSEA member is eligible to place his or her name on the statewide, At-Large Delegate ballot by filing through the NSEA website. Those elected as statewide delegates will be reimbursed for transportation, lodging and meal expenses. Depending on several factors, four to five of these delegate slots will be available to At-Large candidates. Again, the filing deadline is Sunday, Feb. 5.

NSEA-Retired Delegates

Members of Nebraska’s retired affiliate (NSEA-Retired) elect their NEA representatives to the RA by statewide balloting. Members will receive mail-in ballots in March.

Up to three delegates will be elected at large; one delegate will be elected by the combined retired membership of Capitol, Elkhorn, Panhandle, Sandhills and Tri-Valley Districts; and one will be elected by the retired membership of the Metro District. An individual filing as a district delegate may also file as an at-large delegate.

Members of NSEA-Retired wishing to file must complete the form that will appear under the NSEA-Retired tab on the NSEA website by Sunday, Feb. 5. That form will be available in January. Also required: a biography of no more than 50 words.

Student Delegates

Members of the Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN) elect their RA representatives by statewide balloting. SEAN members wishing to file as delegates must complete an online filing process by Sunday, April 2. Watch The Voice and the SEAN newsletter for details.

Questions? Call your NSEA organizational specialist at 1-800-742-0047.