As a new teacher, you're so overwhelmed with things, which group to join didn't really seem to matter; I naively assumed they were all the same.
It pains me greatly to say this, but I joined NEA. And each year when we get that sheet to renew, drop, or change membership, I just sign off on it without much thought.
I'm such an idiot.
I'm changing now.
Now I'm paying attention.
This past weekend the NEA convention was held in (of all places) Chicago. As you may have heard, they voted "by a good margin: 5,414 delegates, or 72.04 percent," to endorse Obama for 2012, reports Education Week. This puts NEA PAC dollars in motion towards Obama's re-election campaign.
In conjunction with their Obama endorsement, the NEA approved a controversial measure that doubles individual member contributions to their political action funds from $10 to $20. The increase was made in effort to combat declining membership numbers and to ensure that the NEA remains the single largest contributor to partisan politics for the upcoming election cycle.
I've already put in motion cancellation of my membership to NEA. It makes me want to just throw up that I've been so negligent in my attention all this time.
This is not the only issue that I have with NEA; there are plenty of others. I only wish I'd joined the thousands of others and dropped my membership before now. Mike Antonucci wrote about this at Hot Air back in February.
But the most recent numbers show NEA lost more than 54,000 active K-12 members since this time last year. Coupled with less-than-expected increases in the average teacher salary – upon which NEA dues are based – the union will find itself with $14 million less revenue than it had planned. This includes about $500,000 less in the political and media funds.I'm outta there. Better late than never, I guess.
Update: Linked at Don Surber - thanks!