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Former High-Ranking NEA Staffer Speaks Out on Union’s Direction

November 17, 2014 Former High-Ranking NEA Staffer Speaks Out on Union’s Direction. Until retiring last July, Bill Raabe was the National Education Association’s Director of the Center for Great Public Schools. Before that, he led NEA’s Collective Bargaining & Member Advocacy department. And before that, he had a long and storied career as a union […]

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2014 Election: Not Waterloo, But Elba

November 10, 2014 2014 Election: Not Waterloo, But Elba. Now that we have let the results of last Tuesday’s midterm election sit for a spell, and have accumulated the reactions of observers and all parties involved, we can view the big picture. The brief analysis is: The pundits are right, and this was a defeat […]

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2014 Election Pre-Mortem

November 3, 2014 2014 Election Pre-Mortem. Unless the polls are historically wrong, tomorrow will be a bad day for the Democratic Party and, by extension, the teachers’ unions. It’s certain that when this election cycle began, NEA and AFT weren’t expecting to be spending so much time and money in places like Maine, Iowa and […]

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Teachers Unions’ Last Chance to Repopulate Ranks of Friendly Governors

October 27, 2014 Teachers Unions’ Last Chance to Repopulate Ranks of Friendly Governors. The big question on everyone’s minds, including the powers-that-be at the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, is whether the Democratic Party can maintain its majority in the U.S. Senate. But as a practical matter the unions’ fortunes rely […]

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Compromise(d)

October 20, 2014 Compromise(d). State affiliates of the National Education Association have always battled Republican office-holders. The most significant change in education labor policy in the past 20 years is how many Democratic office-holders find themselves dodging barbs from teachers’ unions. Things were so much simpler for the unions when the villains were easily identified […]

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NEA’s Super PAC Goes on “Grassroots” Shopping Spree

October 14, 2014 NEA’s Super PAC Goes on “Grassroots” Shopping Spree. The numbers are growing even as I type this, but the NEA Advocacy Fund has spent about $12.4 million to date in campaign independent expenditures since the union’s representative assembly in July. A large portion of that spending went to self-identified grassroots groups in various […]

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NEA Membership Numbers Accelerate Downward

October 6, 2014 NEA Membership Numbers Accelerate Downward. Officers of the National Education Association expressed some optimism last July that the union’s falling membership numbers were finally reaching their nadir. Active membership losses totaling more than 9 percent since 2008-09 had slowed to a drop of about 17,000 by the end of the 2013-14 school […]

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