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Gravy Train Drying Up for NEA’s Favorite Advocacy Groups?

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Nov• 08•12

The National Education Association annually doles out millions of dollars to like-minded organizations – sometimes for specific services rendered and sometimes under the heading of community outreach. But the union is cutting corners in a lot of areas, and grants to outside groups may also be going under the knife.

Word is that NEA’s officers have decided to demand a little more concrete benefit from these donations, requiring recipients to perform joint organizing work with the union on social justice issues in exchange for cash contributions.

Asking value for your money is only common sense when budgets are reduced, but when coupled with pension liabiliy reductions and staff cuts (except maybe for executives), it seems awfully… corporate.

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