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Hmm: Teachers' Union Membership and Political Influence Beginning to Decrease

Dave9716 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 1:38 PM
Talking about the mode is meaningless. Of course each year there will need to be a significant number of new teachers hired and each year after that some will depart. There will by definition be more first-year teachers than 17th-year teachers. But even then the other part of the sentence that in 1988 the typical teacher had 15 years of experience would have to be a mean or median. The whole paragraph is mathematically incompetent. The writer needs either a good editor or some remedial math.

USA Today has a story on new numbers from the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers’ union: union membership is shrinking, and the demographic information about teachers has changed in a major way. All in all, it’s indicative a shift within the community of educators:

The National Education Association (NEA) has lost more than 100,000 members since 2010. By 2014, union projections show, it could lose a cumulative total of about 308,000 full-time teachers and other workers, a 16% drop from 2010. Lost dues will shrink NEA's budget an estimated $65 million, or 18%.

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