I missed this story while at the NEA Representative Assembly last week, but the school funding initiative backed by the Ohio Education Association and other groups will not be on the November 2007 ballot.
The Campaign for Ohio’s Future collected only 150,000 of the required 402,276 valid signatures of registered voters. The coalition says it will attempt to place the measure on the 2008 ballot.
Not discussed was the fate of the one-year, $25 special assessment placed on each member of the Ohio Education Association to fund the initiative campaign. With roughly $3 million raised, the current tab is $20 per signature gathered.
Since a large proportion of those signatures must have come from the rank-and-file, it seems OEA members paid $25 for the privilege of signing a petition created by their own union.
UPDATE: A commenter says OEA will not assess the $25. This hasn’t been announced publicly, but I have no reason to doubt him.