NEA Convention

Atlanta, GA
July 2-6, 2020

Delegates from across the state of Missouri will travel to Atlanta July 2-6 for the 2020 NEA Representative Assembly to discuss the NEA budget, vote on new business items, learn, and meet other members from around the country. Missouri NEA sends a delegation of representatives elected by active members in the state, local associations, MNEA-Retired members, and Aspiring Educators.

MNEA is committed to racial and ethnic minority involvement. Racial and ethnic minority members are encouraged to seek election as state or local delegates to the NEA RA.

Declaration of Candidacy

If you are interested in running for state delegate, submit your candidate statement of no more than 100 words and a photograph of yourself, preferably a headshot by Fri., Jan. 17, 2020. The statement should take one of three forms:

  • a summary of biographical information and MNEA experience written in the third person,
  • a personal statement written in the first person,
  • or a combination of the two.

The statement and photograph will appear on the state ballot.

For more information about the NEA RA or to declare your candidacy by mail, contact Roxane Bly ( at (573) 644-9606.

Submit a Declaration of Candidacy Form >

State Delegate Election

Voting begins Feb. 1 and continues through March 1. State delegates are elected in two categories. Category I delegates are active members who are teachers, education support professionals and other members not serving as supervisors or administrators. Category II delegates are active members who are supervisors or administrators whose duties include the evaluation of employees. In 2019, Missouri was allowed to elect 24 delegates including one Category II delegate. State delegates are elected based on the number of active members in the state as of January 2020.

For more than 20 years, Missouri NEA has demonstrated the strength of its leadership diversity by electing racial and ethnic minority delegates to the NEA RA in proportion to the minority populations in our state. To continue this achievement we must strive to actively identify and recruit racial and ethnic minority members to run for state delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly.

Ex Officio Delegates

The MNEA president and NEA directors are eligible for ex officio delegate status to the NEA RA. According to the MNEA Constitution and Bylaws, the MNEA vice present serves as an ex officio delegate to the NEA RA.

Local Delegates

Local delegates are elected by the members of a local affiliate, with one delegate for each 150 active members or major fraction thereof. Presidents of locals eligible to elect local delegates (locals with 76 members or more) will receive local election information in early February via email from NEA. Members should contact their local presidents to learn the procedures, timelines and reimbursement procedures for local delegates.

Cluster Delegates

Cluster delegates are elected by members of several locals that have networked to attain the minimum 76 members required for delegate eligibility. Members interested in being elected as cluster delegates should contact Roxane Bly at 573-644-9606. Cluster delegate elections are conducted during March and April.

MNEA-Retired Delegates

MNEA-Retired members elect delegates from their membership to represent them at the NEA R.A. Only MNEA-Retired members may nominate, vote for or serve as retired delegates. Election of the MNEA-R delegates will be held at the MNEA-R annual meeting in April. Contact Tracy Flaherty ( at (314) 584-1305 for more information. 

MNEA-R Declaration of Candidacy Form >> 
(coming soon)

Missouri Aspiring Educators Delegates

The number of delegates allocated for Aspiring Educators will be determined based on the number of college student members in the state. Only members of Aspiring Educators may nominate, vote for or serve as Aspiring Educator delegates. Contact Patrick Layden at 1-800-392-0236 if you are a member of Aspiring Educators and interested in becoming a delegate. 


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Read to Achieve Contest 

If your school is within the KCTV5 viewing area (greater Kansas City), teachers at your school are eligible for a chance to win $1,000. The Read to Achieve contest is co-sponsored by Missouri NEA and Kansas NEA.

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