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

David4269 Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 3:16 PM
Shanker, a former president of the United Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers union, once said, "When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren." In his farewell address, NEA general Counsel Bob Chanin said, “It is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child” Teachers are naïve or stupid if they think a Union that doesn't care about the kids is going to care about them. But that fits nicely with another quote attributed to Union boss Shanker that, "..a lot of people who have been hired as teachers are basically not competent."

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%.