The Douglas Education Association is a united group of educators committed to providing great public schools and valuable learning experiences for every child in our community. We are teachers, librarians, counselors, paraeducators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, office staff, and administrators in Converse County School District #1 who have come together to fulfill our vision of educating the whole child, building informed citizens, and supporting professional practices that foster excellence.
The Douglas Education Association is an affiliate of the Wyoming Education Association and the National Education Association.
Why should I join Douglas Education Association?
As a member of the Association, you can vote and have a voice in DEA decisions and elections. DEA members serve on key committees throughout the school district and can also receive help with advocacy issues, if they need it. Non-members do not receive any services from DEA or WEA, including access to attorneys.
Is WEA a union?
By Wyoming law WEA is not legally a union, but WEA is affiliated with the National Education Association, which is a union. WEA is your professional Association. WEA and DEA present professional trainings that are available only to members, and NEA offers members valuable financial products and even online master’s degrees.
Do I have to join NEA, WEA, and DEA, or can I just join DEA?
We are an “umbrella” organization and you must join all three levels to be a member of DEA .
How much are annual dues?
DEA dues are $20 for certified members and $10 for classified. WEA NEA dues can be found on the WEA website. They vary depending upon your position in the district. Ask your building AR or a local officer for specific costs of joining.
Do I have to pay all at once?
No, you can sign up for payroll deduction or EFT and dues will be taken out of your paycheck over a 9– or 12-month period.
How can I off-set dues costs?
NEA has a program called “click and save”. Members who buy goods and services online can save enough money to pay for their membership.
Are dues dollars used for politics?
No. Contributions to candidates are a separate member donation and members decide which candidates WEA should endorse through an interview process.
Why is the Association involved in politics?
Every year bills are introduced that impact school funding, curriculum, student assessment, teacher evaluations, and many other education issues. These issues impact our daily lives and what we do in the classroom and our members need to have a voice to explain to legislators what those bills would mean if they became law.
Why does the Association endorse candidates?
To make a positive difference in our classrooms, WEA must help education friendly legislators get elected, and must educate them on bills that will come up for a vote.
Where can I find more information about WEA and NEA?