Nominations for three of New Jersey’s nine representatives on the NEA Board of Directors and for alternates will be accepted by the NJEA Executive Committee in February and submitted to the Delegate Assembly (DA) for its virtual March 27 meeting.

The NEA Board of Directors is responsible for setting general policies between annual NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA) meetings. It consists of at least one director from each state affiliate, at-large directors to meet representational guarantees, and representatives for students and retired members. Each state is entitled to an additional director per 20,000 active and life members.

The elected board members will serve three-year terms from Sept. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2024. Elected alternates will serve one-year terms beginning Sept. 1, 2021.

The NJEA Executive Committee will submit nominations to the DA in a report in March. Additional nominations may be made by DA members from the floor.  No nominating speeches are permitted.

Any NJEA-NEA member, who is also a member of their affiliated local and county association, where eligible, may run. Nominations shall include the nominee’s name, school district or higher education institution, and county or other unit of representation.

If there are more than three candidates in either category and the DA meeting is conducted virtually, the DA rules provide that DA members will subsequently vote by mail to elect the NEA directors and alternates. The DA rules detail the nomination and election process.

Under the DA rules, when nominations for New Jersey NEA director are taken at a virtual meeting, candidates will be given an opportunity to submit a recorded speech that may not exceed two minutes. The recordings must be submitted to a provided site within four days of the DA meeting. All speeches that meet the time-limit requirements will be uploaded to a site that will be shared with DA members. The recordings will be listed by position and in alphabetical order based on candidates’ surnames.

For more information or to sign up to attend the virtual DA meeting, members may visit njea.org/da on or after March 17. The deadline to sign up to attend is noon on the Thursday prior to the DA meeting.

Anyone interested in being nominated as an NEA state director or alternate should contact their NJEA Executive Committee member. For more information, contact the NJEA Governance Office at 609-599-4561, ext. 2293.

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