2017 NEA RA

Welcome, 2017 NEA RA Delegate!

These pages are MTA’s guide to this year’s RA.  Please refer to the links to the left for a wealth of information and resources.  

Most importantly, from these pages MTA Delegates register for hotel rooms and our group’s social events. At the bottom of each page, you will see the button “Register.” Click on that when you are ready to book your hotel stay and buy your tickets to social events throughout the week.



Suggested Travel Dates:

Delegates should plan on traveling to Boston on Thursday, June 29 and returning on Thursday, July 6.

MTA will be staying at Boston Park Plaza (50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116). MTA reserves a block of rooms at the hotel based on the number of delegates. It is important for MA delegates to stay at the designated hotel to ensure MTA reaches its commitment made to the property. If MTA does not fill the hotel rooms reserved, we risk paying for unused rooms. 

Hotel Registration deadline has now passed. We have a limited number of rooms available. Please email jparlon@massteacher.org to inquire (requested room type may not be available). 

Room rates are based on occupancy of the room and are subject to local/state taxes.

  • Single/Double: $187 +14.45% tax = $214.02/night ($107.01 per person/night)
  • Triple (two beds): $207 + 14.45% tax = $236.91/night ($78.97 per person/night)
  • Quad (two beds): $227 +14.45% tax = $259.80/night ($64.95 per person/night)


**Cots are available within hotel inventory and will only be allowed in rooms with only a king bed. Rooms with double beds are not allowed to have a cot.

 Payment is due to the hotel at check-out and a credit card is required to reserve your room.


Roommates: Only one person is required to reserve the room. Please indicate who your roommate(s) is/are in the space provided when reserving your hotel room.

About the RA

  • What is the RA?
    The RA is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the National Education Association (NEA) and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. With over 8,000 delegates, the RA is the largest democratic deliberative assembly in the world and adheres to Robert’s Rules of Order, except as otherwise specified in NEA governing documents.  Over the course of eight business sessions spanning four days, RA delegates debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set Association policy and activities for the year ahead.  

  • Who goes to NEA’s Annual Meeting and RA?
    The RA consists of roughly 8,000 delegates representing state and local affiliates. These delegates are elected by their local and state Associations and represent preK-16 educators, including education support professionals, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession.  View a list of future Annual Meeting sites at www.nea.org/ra.

  • How do NEA members become delegates?
    In balloting conducted by NEA affiliates throughout the country, NEA members elect their peers to represent their concerns at the RA. The delegates represent NEA local and state affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the NEA membership. The elected delegates determine NEA's strategic plan and budget, legislative program, and resolutions. Delegates also vote, by secret ballot, on proposed amendments to the NEA constitution and bylaws and elect NEA's executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors.

  • What is MTA’s role at the NEA-RA?
    Since the strength and effectiveness of the NEA is derived from the membership, it is critical that members have a direct voice in determining its guiding principles and policies. MTA delegates are directly responsible, individually and collectively, for representing the professional, political and union interests of their locals and the MTA as a whole. The seriousness of that charge cannot be overstated.