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NEA Expects 1% Boost in Membership, Will Spend 2% More

June 6, 2016 NEA Expects 1% Boost in Membership, Will Spend 2% More. The National Education Association drafted a $365 million budget for the 2016-17 school year, representing an increase of $7.6 million. The union expects an increase of 24,000 full-time teacher members and 4,000 education support employee members. I do expect overall NEA membership will […]

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What Has NEA Done Since Last Year? It Got Engaged!

May 31, 2016 What Has NEA Done Since Last Year? It Got Engaged! The lion’s share of time at the National Education Association’s four-day Representative Assembly (RA) each year is spent debating and voting on new business items (NBIs). These are proposals brought to the floor by groups of delegates and constitute action items which, ostensibly, […]

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Put a Stake in Stakeholders

May 23, 2016 Put a Stake in Stakeholders. And so it begins. I know I do too much self-referencing, but indulge me this time by going back to last December and a post headlined “I’m the Party Pooper” about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): It will likely pass the Senate by a wide bipartisan margin […]

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Madeloni Wins, Gets $9.2 Million to Fight Charters

May 16, 2016 Madeloni Wins, Gets $9.2 Million to Fight Charters. Barbara Madeloni was reelected president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association on Saturday. In keeping with her nebulous employment status, her margin of victory was either great or small, depending on your perspective. Madeloni received 805 votes, widely outdistancing Janet Anderson’s 479 and Tim Sullivan’s 291. […]

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NEA Sends $1.5 Million to Fight Opportunity District Initiative in Georgia

May 9, 2016 NEA Sends $1.5 Million to Fight Opportunity District Initiative in Georgia. The National Education Association pledged up to $1.5 million to the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) to fight Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to establish an “Opportunity School District” for “chronically failing public schools.” The measure passed the Georgia legislature and must now […]

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Declassified Document Drop Day

May 2, 2016 Declassified Document Drop Day. Over time I accumulate teacher union documents, but without a story to hang them on they start to pile up. So I thought I would post some of the more interesting ones on EIA’s Declassified page. * NEA’s “Beat Privatization” toolkit. This “step-by-step crisis action plan” is designed to help […]

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The Grassroots Grow From The Top Down

April 25, 2016 The Grassroots Grow From The Top Down. If ever a term has been abused in modern America, it is “grassroots.” In the political context, it is supposed to mean a movement or advocacy that originates at the local level. The Wikipedia entry states, “Grassroots movements are associated with bottom-up, rather than top-down decision […]

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