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In a groundbreaking event, seven Democrats vying for the U.S. presidency - Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson -and Republican candidate Mike Huckabee appeared before RA delegates to present their visions for public education and strategies to improve our public schools. The 2008 presidential candidates who accepted our invitation to address the RA also offered their positions on NCLB/ESEA .
With its theme of --
TEAM NEA: Fighting For Great Public Schools - Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
-- delegates gathered June 30 through July 5 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Association's 145th Annual Meeting and 86th Representative Assembly.
The National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) is NEA's highest decision-making body. With over 9,000 delegates, it is also the world's largest democratic, deliberative body.
The RA is convened every July during the Annual Meeting. The first two days are devoted to discussions, conferences, and exhibits—but the highlight is the Representative Assembly itself. During this important event, delegates debate issues that impact American public education, elect top officers, and set policy for the 3.2 million-member Association.
Every morning, bright and early, the delegates meet within their own state delegation to discuss new business items, changes to bylaws and amendments and to raise funds for the NEA Children's Fund. Then the NEA busses transport the state delegates to the national assembly where they act as one decision-making body.
On Wednesday, July 4th, the delegation was treated to a patriotic song program by the NEA Chorus. Tim Sullivan, Brockton's own BEA President, was among those with golden voices chosen to take part.
Brockton had several local and district delegates representing the BEA.