One would think the National Education Association (NEA) would have as its primary goal support of its teacher members, those paying dues. In their mission statement the NEA even promotes this premise:
“Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. We believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. As education professionals, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education when we unite and advocate collectively.”
In the real world the NEA actually spends three times more on politics, overhead and administration than its members. YES that’s 3X!
- $45 million on “political activities” in 2013, about $500,000 more than it spent on membership services classified as “representational activities.”
- $90 million on overhead costs and union administration—more than double the total spent on individual members.
- The union’s expenses on staffing, administration, and politics accounted for about 40 percent of its total expenses for the year.
- NEA annually collects nearly $370 million in dues from its 3 million members, as well as its 88,000 non-member teachers.
Like other unions the interest of its paying members takes a backseat to the self-interest of union bosses, their perks and political activities which could even mean overnight stays at the White House or at least face-to-face meetings with the POTUS.
For union members it’s shut up, play nice and pay into the system. Collective bargaining and grievance processing are the main functions of unions but for the honcho’s it’s setting themselves of for current and future political activities and buying friends along the way.
Charter schools and homeschooling are the best options for those capable of supporting either instead of supporting a system that is broken and unaccountable. The Marxists will tell you it’s all about the children but it’s really all about the clout, personal perks and union boss self-interest.