NEA’S $132 MILLION INFLUENCE SPREE

By RiShawn Biddle, Dropoutnation.net

The National Education Association just filed its 2013-2014 LM-2 filing with the U.S. Department of Labor, and once again, it spent big to preserve its declining influence over education policymaking.

Teachers Unions Don’t Represent All Teachers

By John Greet, Long Beach Post

As reported here, 10 current members of the California Teachers Association (CTA) are suing that labor union, a state-level affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), alleging, among other things, that “compulsory unionism is a violation of (their) constitutional right to freedom of speech and association.”

AFT GOES ALL IN ON CALIFORNIA

By RiShawn Biddle, dropoutnation.net

This morning’s move by the American Federation of Teachers (with help from the National Education Association’s Golden State affiliate) to launch a digital ad campaign aimed at beating back surging support for Marshall Tuck in his bid to become California Superintendent is another sign of how the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union deploys cash to oppose systemic reform.

TEACHERS’ UNION MONEY TALKS

By Dimitri Mehlhorn, Dropout Nation

One of the most-hotly debated questions is how strong is the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers compared to the school reform movement.