Greg Johnson lays out how the NEA/TEA got itself involved in politics and is now reaping the whirlwind. PET could quickly rise as a non partisan union who looks out for its members for less cost (Its insurance is better and its cost is @ 1/4 what NEA/TEA is).
Last year, TEA chose - with concerted aforethought - to give almost 93 percent of its political contributions to Democrats. TEA fired the first political shot. Now TEA feigns shock when politics doesn't go its way.
When teachers choose to join TEA, they also choose the National Education Association. Since a portion of dues go to NEA, teachers give tacit, if not implicit, approval to the political agenda of NEA. And what a political agenda it is.
In 2010, NEA bragged on its website, "The Association has increased its independent (political) expenditure campaign from $15 million to $17 million." NEA used some of those dollars to attack Republicans.
Tennessee teachers helped NEA fund blatantly noneducational purposes. IRS Form 990 for 2008 (the latest year available) shows NEA gave $300,000 to Health care for America Now, an advocacy group promoting Obamacare. NEA also gave $25,000 to the Democratic Leadership Council.
The NAACP received $50,000 from NEA while the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force got $15,000. NEA gave money to the Center for American Progress, Campaign for America's Future and the Economic Policy Institute, left-wing think tanks all. NEA gave $90,000 to the National Public Pension Coalition, an outfit founded to protect public employee pensions.