Delegate Assembly

Members & delegates please log-in to download comprehensive 2021 DA information about: New Business Items (NBIs), child care, special assistance, the Human & Civil Rights Gala, PAC fundraising, text alerts and other critical information.

Please note: Delegate Credentials will be mailed around October 1. Please contact your local union with any additional questions about the 2023 Delegate Assembly.

2023 Florida Education Association Delegate Assembly

October 13-14, 2023

Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 996-9840

The Delegate Assembly (DA) is FEA’s highest decision-making body.

Each year, locally-elected delegates come together to discuss and debate education issues, elect officers and chart the organization’s future.

Important decisions are made that impact education and association policy.

On September 26, nearly 300 delegates attended a virtual overview of the changes to this year’s Delegate Assembly — including new deadlines, professional development, how and when to submit New Business Items and much more. Log in to FEAweb to watch the hour-long meeting to get up-to-speed on this year’s DA!

Additional Info

The Florida Education Association’s annual Delegate Assembly (DA) is the one of the highlights of the year for one-thousand delegates who make the trip to Orlando.

At its core, the DA is a business meeting — but a meeting like no other.

Delegates, who are all duly elected from their local union, gather in a grand exercise in democracy: members have a voice in the important decisions that will set the future course for our union and public education.

  • Each year delegates gather to conduct the business of FEA including:
    voting for members to serve on the National Education Association Board of Directors
  • adopting FEA’s budget
  • voting on amendments to the FEA Constitution and Bylaws
  • recognizing FEA locals for their work in building membership
  • discussing and debating New Business Items, which provide guidance and direction to the FEA officers on the priorities of the membership in the year to come.

In fact, Article III of the our constitution declares the DA is “highest policymaking body” of the Florida Education Association.

More than a business meeting

However, the DA is much more than just a business meeting.

It is also a chance to connect with colleagues from around the state. There are nearly a dozen caucus groups such as the Science Educators Caucus, the Young Educators Caucus, the Minority Affairs Caucus, the Women’s Caucus, and many more. Membership in one (or more) of these caucuses is a great way for members to stay engaged throughout the year with colleagues from all over the state who share similar passions.

Thank you to the FEA DA Emerald Sponsor:
NTA Life

2023 Delegate Assembly Schedule

Full 2023 DA Agenda: Download the complete 2023 DA agenda booklet (PDF, 4 MB). Every delegate will receive a hard copy in their delegate bag at registration.

Friday, October 13 (Wear pink this day!)

  • Professional Development / 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Issue Groups Meetings / 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Local Delegation Meetings / 3:30 – 4:30  p.m.
  • Special Interest Caucus Meetings / 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • CBE Annual Shareholders Meeting  / 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Opening General Session / 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • NBI Submission Deadline / 7:30 p.m.
  • All Delegate Welcome Reception / 9:30 – 12:00 midnight

Saturday, October 14

  • Voting / 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Human and Civil Rights Awards Breakfast, ticketed event / 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
  • Second General Session / 8:30 – Adjournment

Voting at the DA

There are two amendments that will be on the ballot:

  • Bylaw Amendment 1: Proposed Amendment to the FEA Constitution related to Executive Cabinet terms of office
  • Bylaw Amendment 2: Proposed Amendment to the FEA Constitution related to Executive Officer terms of office

There are two unopposed candidates for office at this year’s DA.

  • Teresa Hodge, NEA Board of Director, Seat 1
  • Wendy Carey, NEA Board of Director, Seat 2

Click here for the text of the amendments and the candidates’ statements and bios (you must be a member and logged-in to the website).

New Business Items

Each year at the Delegate Assembly members can submit New Business Items (NBI) — which provide guidance and direction to the FEA officers on the priorities of the membership in the year to come.

FEA Human & Civil Rights Breakfast

Another highlight of each DA is the annual FEA Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Award presentation. Each year the HCR awards recognize the individuals and groups who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in the advancement of civil rights, social justice, public education, equality, and diversity.

Previously held as a sold-out evening gala, this year’s Awards Banquet will be held as a Saturday morning breakfast. Tickets may be purchased here until 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 13.

HCR tickets will be handed out in Orlando at the Delegate Assembly information desk.

Annual DA PAC Fundraising Campaign

We are excited to announce the Annual DA PAC Fundraising for the 2023 Delegate Assembly.

This is the 23rd consecutive year FEA member delegates have participated in our voluntary PAC fundraising campaign. Your individual contributions help support great public schools! PAC funds support pro-public education candidates on the federal, state and local level regardless of their political affiliations.

The DA PAC fundraising goal is $100 per delegate, but we welcome donations in any amount. Every member who contributes to PAC does so voluntarily.

Every FEA DA delegate and staff member is invited to participate by making a $75 contribution to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education and a $25 contribution to AFT COPE (Committee on Public Education).

You are encouraged to make your contribution to American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and National Education Association (NEA) today, before the Delegate Assembly using the links below:

Reminder: Only members and staff can participate in this activity. Also note, we are unable to accept cash or money order contributions in excess of $100.00 at the Delegate Assembly because of federal law.

For questions or concerns, please contact Cathy Boehme by calling the PPA office at (850)224-2078 or by email at cathy.boehme@floridaea.org.

Sign up for text alerts at the DA

Text da2023 to 22394 to sign up for our text program so you can stay in the loop as we approach the event — as well as real-time reminders and updates at the Delegate Assembly!

Child Care

Child care will be offered for the following times at the Delegate Asembly:

  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner provided)
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (breakfast and lunch provided)

If you will be requiring child care during the DA, please complete this registration form and return to Rickesha Jenkins at rickesha.jenkins@floridaea.org by Friday, Oct. 6. The cost is $25 per child per day. For payment, please make a check or money order out to Florida Education Association and mail it to the address below:

Florida Education Association
Attn: Rickesha Jenkins
213 S Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Thank you to the FEA DA Diamond Sponsor:
Creative Benefits for Educators

Thank you to the FEA DA Sapphire Sponsor:
Educators Choice

Special Assistance

FEA is pleased to announce that we will be offering special assistance to those who need it at the 2023 FEA Delegate Assembly. This is for any delegate who may need extra help during the voting process and other DA functions.

Delegates can pre-register for special assistance only by sending an email to Virginia Edwards at virginia.edwards@floridaea.org. You can also notify a registration specialist at the Delegate Assembly.

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