National Education Association Convention Fails to Benefit Teachers or Improve Education

Lindsey Burke /

Another year, another reminder that the National Education Association (NEA) is a far-left organization that is grossly out of step with the views of millions of teachers and works diligently to maintain the failed status quo for children. At the union’s convention this year, labor leadership endorsed resolutions, amendments, and new business items that seem far from benefiting their members or improving education.

The NEA’s new business items included:

Conservative teachers in forced-unionism states are being forced to support such actions. In 28 forced-unionism states, educators must join the union and fork over hundreds of dollars in dues each year if they wish to teach. And by the NEA’s own admission, 50 percent of the union’s members consider themselves more conservative than liberal, meaning a great number of teachers are being forced to support liberal causes to which they are philosophically opposed.

But it’s not just teachers. Taxpayers are also supporting the NEA’s efforts in supporting Obamacare and working with Moveon.org. Funding for local school systems gleaned from taxpayers directly finances teacher salaries, a portion of which goes to union dues.

To that end, the newly adopted bylaw amendment 3 increases member dues by $10, 60 percent of which will be used “to assist state affiliates in dealing with ballot measures and legislative crises.”

It’s not just children across the country who are being adversely affected by special interest groups like the NEA, who work to oppose reform efforts such as school choice. Teachers and other education employees should have a choice in whether they join a union and a choice in whether a portion of their salaries are used to support causes with which they may not agree.