NEA Convention by the Numbers

Each year the National Education Association holds its Representative Assembly and each year it compiles statistics about the delegates and the proceedings. Here are a few noteworthy numbers:

* If the full allotment of delegates from every state attended the convention, there would be more than 16,000 delegates. At the 2018 convention, there were fewer than 6,200.

* NEA has about 13,000 local affiliates, but about 9,000 of them have fewer than 75 members.

* The average age of a 2018 convention delegate was 50.4 years old. Less than 2.8 percent of the delegates were under the age of 35.

* Delegate submitted 128 new business items and spent 15.5 hours debating them. California delegates submitted 50 of those NBIs. Only one other state - New Jersey - was in double figures with 14.

* It took 8 minutes to introduce past NEA presidents, executive directors, and other high-level staff to the delegates.

* The delegates spent 3 minutes debating the union’s 2019-2020 budget.

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