NEA: No Dollar Left Behind

Evergreed Freedom Foundation
07-01-05

The National Education Association (NEA) is holding its annual meeting on July 1-6, 2005, in Los Angeles, California.

The NEA Representative Assembly, the organization’s highest decision-making body, has over 9,000 delegates from all fifty states; however, critics believe the NEA is hardly the representative body it claims to be.

With 2.7 million members each paying approximately $137 per year in union dues, the NEA has nearly $370 million at its disposal, making it a major force in American politics and education.

Though one would naturally expect that an overwhelming majority of union dues would go toward collective bargaining activities, making the jobs and salaries of teachers better, the union admits to spending 46 percent of its dues on activities not related to collective bargaining.*

The Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF), a nonpartisan, worker-freedom, advocacy group, believes that nearly 99 percent of its dues go to non-bargaining activities.

“The NEA’s conference theme is ‘TEAM NEA: Fighting for You, Your Schools, Your Students!’ but the NEA is more interested in lobbying for its radical political agenda than serving as an advocate for the good of teachers, schools and students,” said Bob Williams, president of EFF.

Though NEA President Reg Weaver has admitted teachers are equally divided as Democrats, Republicans and independents, 92 percent of NEA political spending supports Democratic candidates. This is hardly indicative of an assembly seeking to truly represent its members.

“The NEA has long used its members’ dues to support causes to which many members are opposed,” said Williams. “As the NEA meets for its annual conference, we urge the union to truly represent its members rather than treating them as cash cows for its own radical political agenda.”

To view “Barrier to Learning: How the National Education Association prevents students and teachers from achieving professional and academic excellence,” please click here: effwa.org/NEA-Magazine.pdf

*Traditional collective bargaining activities include negotiating contract terms, maintaining contracts, and grievance arbitration.


NEA Resolutions Passed at 2004 Convention in Washington, DC

Please! Who in their right mind supports this garbage that is the NEA???

[quote=Karin]Please! Who in their right mind supports this garbage that is the NEA???
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Communists. :smiley:

The Teachers Union was growing rapidly in numbers and influence. The college teachers in the Union grew so numerous that a separate local with a separate office was established for them, Local 537.

Together with the WPA Local Number 453, our membership grew to almost nine thousand and we extended control to many upstate locals.

At its peak the Union boasted ten thousand members, and in it the Communist Party had a fraction of close to a thousand. Among them were Moscow-trained teachers and men and women who had attended the sixth World Congress of the Comintern.

The president of the Union, Charles J. Hendley, a history teacher at George Washington High School, was not a Communist. He was a militant socialist and did not join the Communist Party until he retired from the school system . He then became associated with the Daily Worker. He was, however, willing
to join with the Communists in the many and varied campaigns of the Teachers Union . . .

The Party left nothing to chance. When in 1936 Lefkowitz and Linville left the Teachers Union because the Communists had control, the Party immediately suggested a candidate for office manager, and Dorothy Wallas, a brassy and pleasant blonde, was placed there to insure Party control, and especially control of the president . . .

Above from Bella Dodd, a prominent member of the Communist Party USA. In the late 1940s, she was purged from the Party. Near suicide, a friend asked if she would like to see a priest. Bella said yes.

The priest who saved her life was Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen .

Chapter quoted above and full extext of “School of Darkness” here

I guess the public does not realize what a joke the NEA is…well wont the kicker come when the youth of today that is educated by these people start leading our country…and we can see, if you cant already, what a shambles they are making of public education!

The NEA has recently launched a nationwide campaign against WalMart. They say that WalMart is in the business of destroying public schools.

One would think that an educational association of teachers would be more concerned with teaching literacy, math and science than with trying to bring down a retail store chain that services the poor with lower priced goods.

[quote=Lizzie]The NEA has recently launched a nationwide campaign against WalMart. They say that WalMart is in the business of destroying public schools.

One would think that an educational association of teachers would be more concerned with teaching literacy, math and science than with trying to bring down a retail store chain that services the poor with lower priced goods.
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Makes you wonder just what their agenda is???
“An overriding issue that concerns most NEA members is their economic well-being. Specifically, how to increase their financial security and be sure they’re receiving good value for their hard-earned dollars.” neamb.com/about/ambwwa.jsp

[quote=Lizzie]The NEA has recently launched a nationwide campaign against WalMart. They say that WalMart is in the business of destroying public schools…
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We got Walmart on our side! Whoopie!

Karin…the NEA delegates are debating new resolutions all this week. Watch for what they propose. There will be leaks.
The proposals are, I know this is difficult to belive, far more whacked than the resolutions adopted.

The sad part is that I believe it: "The proposals are, I know this is difficult to belive, far more whacked than the resolutions adopted"
and they keep getting away with it…that is the SCARY:bigyikes: part!

I guess there are not that many people out there that are concerned about the NEA and what they are doing to the education system …:crying:

So I have to ask, do you equate Unions to Communism? I have noticed a general theme amongst the hard-core members of your forum that target unions as evil.
Granted, they do nothing in supporting pro-life politicians on a national scale. However, that is not what members pay their dues for. I will also admit that many unions put their money into political areas when it should go into organizing. But there is a catch-22, anyone a Republican President would appoint on the National Labor Relations Board is going to be pro-business and anti-union. Therefore the dog is left chasing his tail. Although this next statement will most likely be considered a blasphemy in a Catholic Forum, President Clinton took the middle of the road on such economical policies. After all, he is the one that brought us NAFTA and opened up China for free trade all the time respecting laws that protected unions. President Bush and more specifically fiscal conservatives tread very far to the right in such economical issues. In fact, their political opposites would be socialism.
I hope all who hold such hard feelings against organized labor realize the abuses of big business in this country throughout our history as a nation. If you don’t want look at the history of our country, look at what the Catechism(2426-2436) says in regards to economic activity and social justice. In my own words, it talks about a relationship between workers and business to form an economic life. It also discusses the responsibilities of business in both economic and ecological issues. But in general, these words say it best, "Work is for man, not man is for work."
So when a super large mega retailer known as WalMart decides in the early 90’s that its stock price is no longer preforming as it had in the past and avenues of growth seemed limited in its current economic model, it changed its economic model by buying almost all its consumer goods from China to become the discount leader “where the prices are always dropping.” I say it violated the that relationship mentioned in 2432 of the Catechism with our society. Yes, prices did drop, somewhat, but profits increased tremondously as the jobs from American manufactures went to China. Do you recall the Walmart commercials in the 80’s about how they bought American to protect american jobs?
I am by no means saying these concerns should go in front of the evils of abortion, yet one has to recognize the ugly connection between those wanting to outlaw abortion and those fiscal conservatives whose only concern in life is lower taxes and unrestrained big business.
Personally, I am a proud union member who does my very best to live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. I have been married to one woman for 17 years and have 6 children. Because of my Union Job, I can support my family while my wife stays home to raise our children. I am not trying to change anything within the doctrine of our Church (such as abortion, gay marriage, birth control, etc.) but am very concerned how individuals who call themselves Traditional Catholics put such of an emphasis on the preborn yet don’t really care about those outside of the womb. Unions help make life more tollerable while we exist on earth.

[quote=sirduckjr]So I have to ask, do you equate Unions to Communism? I have noticed a general theme amongst the hard-core members of your forum that target unions as evil.
Granted, they do nothing in supporting pro-life politicians on a national scale. However, that is not what members pay their dues for. I will also admit that many unions put their money into political areas when it should go into organizing. But there is a catch-22, anyone a Republican President would appoint on the National Labor Relations Board is going to be pro-business and anti-union. Therefore the dog is left chasing his tail. Although this next statement will most likely be considered a blasphemy in a Catholic Forum, President Clinton took the middle of the road on such economical policies. After all, he is the one that brought us NAFTA and opened up China for free trade all the time respecting laws that protected unions. President Bush and more specifically fiscal conservatives tread very far to the right in such economical issues. In fact, their political opposites would be socialism.
I hope all who hold such hard feelings against organized labor realize the abuses of big business in this country throughout our history as a nation. If you don’t want look at the history of our country, look at what the Catechism(2426-2436) says in regards to economic activity and social justice. In my own words, it talks about a relationship between workers and business to form an economic life. It also discusses the responsibilities of business in both economic and ecological issues. But in general, these words say it best, "Work is for man, not man is for work."
So when a super large mega retailer known as WalMart decides in the early 90’s that its stock price is no longer preforming as it had in the past and avenues of growth seemed limited in its current economic model, it changed its economic model by buying almost all its consumer goods from China to become the discount leader “where the prices are always dropping.” I say it violated the that relationship mentioned in 2432 of the Catechism with our society. Yes, prices did drop, somewhat, but profits increased tremondously as the jobs from American manufactures went to China. Do you recall the Walmart commercials in the 80’s about how they bought American to protect american jobs?
I am by no means saying these concerns should go in front of the evils of abortion, yet one has to recognize the ugly connection between those wanting to outlaw abortion and those fiscal conservatives whose only concern in life is lower taxes and unrestrained big business.
Personally, I am a proud union member who does my very best to live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. I have been married to one woman for 17 years and have 6 children. Because of my Union Job, I can support my family while my wife stays home to raise our children. I am not trying to change anything within the doctrine of our Church (such as abortion, gay marriage, birth control, etc.) but am very concerned how individuals who call themselves Traditional Catholics put such of an emphasis on the preborn yet don’t really care about those outside of the womb. Unions help make life more tollerable while we exist on earth.
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I think the topic of the Thread was if any people saw anything wrong in the things the NEA was trying to do in regards to PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION…not so much in regards to Walmart, Unions, aboriton, gays etc.
My concern as a parent is that the NEA is trying to undermine my religious beliefs, undermine the educational standard of this country etc.
Bravo for you and your wife…I am glad that your union job allows her to stay home so she can educate the 6 kids and that you can support them…one less family on welfare! But not everyone needs a union job to support their families and not every union job allows the wife to stay home and educate her kids…for that matter not every parent wants to stay home and educate them.

[quote=Lizzie]The NEA has recently launched a nationwide campaign against WalMart. They say that WalMart is in the business of destroying public schools.

One would think that an educational association of teachers would be more concerned with teaching literacy, math and science than with trying to bring down a retail store chain that services the poor with lower priced goods.
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John Walton (recently deceased), son of founder Sam Walton, largest single Walmart shareholder, member of Walmart’s board of directors, was a big supporter of school vouchers. He contributed millions of his own money to a foundation he founded to provide poor children in inner city schools to attend private schools.

I suspect others in his family who are shareholders also contributed. That’s why the NEA is against Walmart.

[quote=qmvsimp]John Walton (recently deceased), son of founder Sam Walton, largest single Walmart shareholder, member of Walmart’s board of directors, was a big supporter of school vouchers. He contributed millions of his own money to a foundation he founded to provide poor children in inner city schools to attend private schools.

I suspect others in his family who are shareholders also contributed. That’s why the NEA is against Walmart.
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Of course. The NEA does not exist to further the education of children, but for the benefit of its members – which is often at odds with the goal of education.

That’s why they oppose things like testing teachers, accountabiliy, vouchers, home schooling, and so on.

[quote=vern humphrey]Of course. The NEA does not exist to further the education of children, but for the benefit of its members – which is often at odds with the goal of education.

That’s why they oppose things like testing teachers, accountabiliy, vouchers, home schooling, and so on.
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How sad that a so-called education organization would put their personal benefit above that of the goal of education in general. :frowning:

Can you imagine a priest doing that?

[quote=Karin]I guess there are not that many people out there that are concerned about the NEA and what they are doing to the education system …:crying:
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Guess again:) Gotta sleep and work now and then hehehe

I concur with the former Dept of Ed. Secretary who called the NEA a terrorist organization. Were it up to me, school-choice and vouchers would be the law of the land. Then I would disolve the federal Dept of Education and return control to the states and local communities. I would also reinstitute corporal punishment in all public schools as well. After that…maybe do away with tenure.

[quote=thestickman]Guess again:) Gotta sleep and work now and then hehehe

I concur with the former Dept of Ed. Secretary who called the NEA a terrorist organization. Were it up to me, school-choice and vouchers would be the law of the land. Then I would disolve the federal Dept of Education and return control to the states and local communities. I would also reinstitute corporal punishment in all public schools as well. After that…maybe do away with tenure.
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“Vouchers” tend to be a loaded issue. For one thing, they aren’t non-negotiable. When a voucher law is passed, it tends to be loaded with poison pills – "You can get a voucher for 10% of the cost of educating your child IF the child has spent 15 years a school in the 1 percentile of achievement, and if the child is left-handed, has red hair, and one blue and one green eye."http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon12.gif

I think we should have total choice. Take the education budget, divide it by the number of children in school, and pay ANY school (public, private, for-profit or non-profit) 90% of that amount for each child enrolled.

Let the parents – who are the customers – choose the school they feel is best for their child. Let the good schools prosper and the bad ones die.

[quote=thestickman]Guess again:) Gotta sleep and work now and then hehehe

I concur with the former Dept of Ed. Secretary who called the NEA a terrorist organization. Were it up to me, school-choice and vouchers would be the law of the land. Then I would disolve the federal Dept of Education and return control to the states and local communities. I would also reinstitute corporal punishment in all public schools as well. After that…maybe do away with tenure.
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thestickman-
Lord let me pick my butt of the floor:) …we can agree on something:D …I have to say I agree with all but perhaps corporal punishment…but then perhaps what some of these kids need is a good beating.:rolleyes:

Let the parents – who are the customers – choose the school they feel is best for their child. Let the good schools prosper and the bad ones die

:clapping: :dancing:

[quote=sirduckjr]So I have to ask, do you equate Unions to Communism?
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I posted some teacher union history. The CIO has a worse history.

Government unions are fascistic. Very much what Mussolini had in mind. We can see it at the DNC National Conventions. Government unions run the DNC. That is government lobbying government for more government.

In addition, nearly 7 million government union members are out of Social Security. They have every dime invested in private pensions. They are buying up the Fortune 100.

State control and ownership of the markets is the definition of economic fascism. When you have CALPERS members sitting on the boards of major corporations, as we do know, free markets are in danger.

Private sector unions? I got no problem with them.

Because of union rules, NYC teachers who have been caught having sex with students may be removed from the classroom BUT it takes years to get these predators off the payroll.

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