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{{tnr}}The '''National Education Association''' is the largest labor union in the United States. It has about 3.2 million members, 14,000 local affiliates and 51 state-level affiliates.  In 2005, its members paid a collective $295 million in dues. Through its [[National Education Association Ballot Fund]], it involves itself extensively in ballot measure campaigns around the country.
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|vice-president = Lily Eskelsen Garcia
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}}{{tnr}}The '''National Education Association''' (NEA) is the voice of education professionals. The vision of the NEA is a great public school for every student. The mission statement is, "to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world."<ref>[http://www.nea.org/home/19583.htm ''National Education Association,'' "NEA's Vision, Mission, and Values," accessed November 26, 2013]</ref>
  
==Donations to ballot campaigns==
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==History==
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NEA was founded in 1857 by one hundred educators. In 1966 it merged with the American Teachers Association. Since that time, its membership has increased to over 3.2 million.<ref>[http://www.nea.org/home/1704.htm ''National Education Association,'' "Our History," accessed November 26, 2013]</ref>
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==Mission Statement==
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The stated mission of the National Education Association is "to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world."<ref>[http://www.nea.org "National Education Association Website"]</ref>, as well as concerning itself with the wage and working condition issues common to other labor unions.
  
===2010===
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The NEA is a volunteer-based organization that relies upon its members to perform much of the Association's work. In turn, the members are supported by a network of staff at the local, state, and national levels. The stated goal of NEA's work is encapsulated in its tagline: "building great public schools for every child."<ref>[http://www.nea.org "National Education Association Website"]</ref>
  
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At the local level, affiliates perform a variety of activities (as determined by the local members), which may range from raising funds for scholarship programs to conducting professional workshops on issues that affect faculty and school support staff to bargaining contracts for school district employees.<ref>[http://www.nea.org/aboutnea/whatwedo.html "NEA: What We Do"]</ref>
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The activities of NEA state affiliates are equally wide-ranging. State affiliates regularly lobby state legislators for funding and other resources; they seek to influence education policy and they campaign for higher professional standards for educators and support professionals. The extent to which the NEA and its state and local affiliates engage in political activities, especially during election cycles has, however, been a source of controversy.<ref>[http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=11785 "Human Events Article: NEA: 30 Years of Lobbying Democrats"]</ref>
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At the national level, the NEA lobbies the United States Congress and federal agencies on behalf of its members and public schools, works with other education organizations and friends of public education, provides training and assistance to its affiliates, and generally conducts activities consistent with the policies set by its elected governing bodies.<ref>[http://www.nea.org/aboutnea/whatwedo.html "NEA: What We Do"]</ref>
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==Leadership==
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NEA is governed by a nine-member executive committee and a board of directors. The current president is Dennis Van Roekel, and the vice president is Lily Eskelsen Garcia.<ref>[http://www.nea.org/home/609.htm ''National Education Association,'' "Our Leaders," accessed November 26, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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NEA lists the following issues as its current focus:<ref>[http://www.nea.org/home/IssuesAndAction.html ''National Education Association, "Issues and Action," accessed November 26, 2013]</ref>
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*[[Common Core]] State Standards
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*School Safety
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*[[No Child Left Behind Act]] (NCLB) | ESEA
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*Education Funding
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*Raise Your Hand for Public Education
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*Parent Partnership Resources
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For a complete list of detailed issues, click [http://www.nea.org/home/IssuesAndAction.html here].
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==2014 elections==
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As of November 2013, NEA has spent $1,646,370 in the 2014 election cycle: $310,370 went to Democratic candidates, $55,500 to Republicans and the remaining $1,280,000 was soft money given to political organizations.<ref name=os>[http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/totals.php?id=D000000064&cycle=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "National Education Assn Totals," accessed November 26, 2013]</ref>
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==2012 elections==
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NEA spent $14,899,964 in the 2012 election cycle: $2,260,847 on Democratic candidates, $177,707 on Republicans, and $12,486,260 as soft money given to political organizations.<ref name=os/>
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===Expenditures===
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The following table displays the top 10 candidates who received the most money from NEA.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/toprecips.php?id=D000000064&cycle=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "National Education Assn, Recipients," accessed November 26, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable" margin-right: 3px; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom:3px; margin-left:3px; style="background:none; width:600px;"
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! colspan="8" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" | Top 10 largest '''National Education Association''' expenditures in 2012<ref name="os"/>
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Candidate
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Party
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | State
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Office
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Total
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Desired Result
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| [[Barack Obama]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|N/A||President||$61,577||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Kathleen Hochul]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|NY||House||$19,000||[[Image:No.png|center]]
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| [[Tammy Baldwin]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|WI||House||$17,080||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Derek Kilmer]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|WA||House||$16,000||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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|-
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| [[Christopher Donovan]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|CT||House||$15,000||[[Image:No.png|center]]
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| [[Elizabeth Esty]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|CT||House||$15,000||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Pete Gallego]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|TX||House||$15,000||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Chris Murphy (Connecticut)|Chris Murphy]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|CT||House||$15,000||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Elizabeth Warren]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|MA||Senate||$14,550||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Ron Barber]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|AZ||House||$14,250||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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|}
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==Donations to ballot campaigns==
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===2010===
 
* [[Oklahoma State Question 744 (2010)]]
 
* [[Oklahoma State Question 744 (2010)]]
  
 
===2009===
 
===2009===
 
 
* [[California Proposition 1A (May 2009)]]: $3,000,000
 
* [[California Proposition 1A (May 2009)]]: $3,000,000
 
* [[Maine Auto Excise Tax Repeal, Question 2 (2009)]]: $350,000
 
* [[Maine Auto Excise Tax Repeal, Question 2 (2009)]]: $350,000
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===2008===
 
===2008===
 
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* [[Arizona Majority Rules, Proposition 105 (2008)]]: $500,000
* [[Arizona Proposition 105 (2008)]]: $500,000
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* [[Colorado Education Funding and TABOR Rebates, Amendment 59 (2008)]]: $250,000
* [[Colorado Initiative 126 (2008)]]: $250,000
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* [[Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative, 424 (2008)]]: $50,000
* [[Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative (2008)]]: $50,000
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===2007===
 
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* [[Utah School Vouchers, Referendum 1 (2007)]].  Between the national office of the NEA and its Utah affiliate, $3.1 million was given to the campaign to defeat the referendum.
* [[Utah School Voucher Referendum (2007)]].  Between the national office of the NEA and its Utah affiliate, $3.1 million was given to the campaign to defeat the referendum.
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===2006===
 
===2006===
 
 
* [[Missouri Minimum Wage Act, Proposition B (2006)]]: $200,000
 
* [[Missouri Minimum Wage Act, Proposition B (2006)]]: $200,000
 
* [[Ohio Minimum Wage Initiative (2006)]]: $710,000
 
* [[Ohio Minimum Wage Initiative (2006)]]: $710,000
  
 
===2004===
 
===2004===
 
 
* [[Maine Education Funding Carryover Initiative, Question 1 (June 2004)|Maine Education Funding Carryover Initiative (2004)]]: $300,000
 
* [[Maine Education Funding Carryover Initiative, Question 1 (June 2004)|Maine Education Funding Carryover Initiative (2004)]]: $300,000
 
* [[Washington Charter School Authorization, Referendum 55 (2004)]]: $500,000
 
* [[Washington Charter School Authorization, Referendum 55 (2004)]]: $500,000
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===2002===
 
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* [[Utah Radioactive Waste, Initiative 1 (2002)]]: $323,800
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==Structure==
  
* [[Utah Radioactive Waste Initiative (2002)]]: $323,800
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NEA's 3.2 million members are served by 14,000 local affiliates (including some 800 higher education affiliates), 51 state-level affiliates (50 state associations and the Federal Education Association), and roughly 555 staff members working at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in regional offices.<ref>[http://www.nea.org/topics/truth.html "NEA Response to Critics"]</ref>
  
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In 2006, the NEA and the AFL-CIO also announced that, for the first time, stand-alone NEA locals as well as those that had merged with the AFT would be allowed to join state and local labor federations affiliated with the AFL-CIO<ref>[http://www.nea.org/aboutnea/whatwedo.html "NEA: What We Do"]</ref>
  
*[http://www.nea.org/ National Education Association Web site]
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==Funding==
*[http://www.facebook.com/NEA.ORG NEA on Facebook]
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*[http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0834941.html "National Education Association." Infoplease. Based on Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed., 2007.]
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Most NEA funding comes from dues paid by its members ($295 million in dues from a $341 million total budget in 2005).<ref>[http://www.townhall.com/columnists/PaulWeyrich/2006/04/12/secretary_of_labor_elaine_chao_%E2%80%93_a_lady_of_achievement “Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao”]</ref> According to the NEA's website yearly membership dies are $300.<ref>[http://www.nea.org/ncueahome/images/memberform06-07.pdf "NEA Dues membership form"]</ref>
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Federal law prohibits unions from using dues money or other assets to contribute to or otherwise assist federal candidates or political parties, in accordance with their tax-exempt status. The [http://www.neafund.org/ "NEA Fund for Children and Public Education"] is a special fund for voluntary contributions from NEA members which can legally be used to assist candidates and political parties. Critics have repeatedly questioned the NEA's actual compliance with such laws, and a number of legal actions focusing on the union's use of money and union personnel in partisan contexts have ensued
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==Criticism==
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Substantial criticism has been leveled against the NEA and other teachers unions for allegedly putting the interests of teachers ahead of students and for consistently opposing reforms that critics claim would help students but harm union interests.<ref>[http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=95000771 "What Teachers Really Think"]</ref> The NEA has supported class size reductions and across-the-board salary increases for teachers: two measures that increase the number and compensation of NEA teachers. On the other hand, the NEA has often opposed measures such as merit pay, school vouchers, reforms to teacher tenure, curriculum reform, the [[No Child Left Behind Act]], and many accountability reforms. In a 1999 interview, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan said that "ever since the judges have gotten heavily into education, and the National Education Association has gotten into control of that [http://www.doe.gov "Department of Education"], test scores go down, there’s violence in classroom, things are going wrong." Also criticized is the NEA's alleged "goal of changing public opinion on homosexuality, starting with the youngest generation,"[26] according to a former chairman of the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus.<ref>[http://www.nea-exgay.org/ "NEA Ex-Gay Caucus"]</ref><ref>[http://www.365gay.com/Newscon06/07/070106teachers.htm "Gays, Ex-Gays face off at NEA Convention"]</ref>
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What with the recent scrutiny placed on teacher misconduct, regarding specifically sexual abuse, the NEA has been criticized for its failure to crack down on abusive teachers. From an AP invesigation, Reg Weaver commented, "Students must be protected from sexual predators and abuse, and teachers must be protected from false accusations." He then refused to be interviewed. The AP reported that much of the resistance to report the problem comes from "where fellow teachers look away," and "School administrators make behind-the-scenes deals.<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-10-20-teachermisconduct_N.htm "Thousands of Teacher's Cited for Sex Misconduct"]</ref>
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Apple Inc. CEO, Steve Jobs, has criticized the NEA and other teacher unions for its lack of support for voucher programs, merit pay, and the removal of bad teachers. On February 17,2007 at an education reform conference in Texas, Jobs said, "What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good?”<ref>[http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.02/jobs_pr.html "Steve Jobs Interview"]</ref>
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NEA has come under fire for taking advantage of laws in some states that compel, under certain conditions, membership in the association. In a case brought before the U.S. Supreme Court ([http://www.scotusblog.com/movabletype/archives/05-1589_All.pdf "Davenport v. Washington Education Association)"] on behalf of 4,000 Washington State teachers who are not NEA members but are nonetheless forced to pay NEA dues, the Court partially addressed the issue of collection and use of dues by unions such as the NEA.
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The NEA is strongly against the Tax Payer Bill of Rights, and proudly displays this on their website.  According to the NEA, TABOR's are a threat to them receiving additional growth in public funds.<ref>[http://www.nea.org/home/18093.htm "NEA - TABOR is a Proven Failure"]</ref>
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "'''National + Education + Association'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=National+Education+Association&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=National Education Association News Feed}}
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==External links==
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*[http://www.nea.org/ Official website]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/NEA.ORG Facebook page]
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*[https://twitter.com/neamedia NEA Media Twitter feed]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/user/NEAABS YouTube channel]
 
*[http://www.landmarklegal.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=161 NEA Accountability Project] Landmark Legal Foundation
 
*[http://www.landmarklegal.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=161 NEA Accountability Project] Landmark Legal Foundation
*[http://www.eiaonline.com/communique.htm Mike Antonucci's education blog]
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* [http://www.neafund.org/ "NEA Fund for Children and the Public"]
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*[http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0834941.html "National Education Association." Infoplease. Based on Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed., 2007.]
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*[http://www.landmarklegal.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=161 "NEA Accountability Project. Landmark Legal Foundation."]
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*[http://www.learningforacause.org "Learning for a Cause"]
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*[http://www.aft.org "American Federation of Teachers Web site"]
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*[http://www.doe.gov "Department of Education"]
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*[http://www.scotusblog.com/movabletype/archives/05-1589_All.pdf "Davenport v. Washington Education Assoc."]
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*[http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title36/subtitleii_partb_chapter1511_.html "Title 36, Chaper 1511 of the United States Code."]
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*[https://www.neateachertoolkit.com/TTK/Default.aspx?id=911 "NEA Teacher's Toolkit"]
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*[http://www.capitaleye.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000064 "OpenSecrets.org NEA Money"]
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*[http://www.afa.net/pdfs/unionfacts_nea.pdf "UnionFacts NEA Money"]
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==References==
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[[Category:Ballot measure donors]]
 
[[Category:National political organizations]]
 
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Revision as of 09:50, 7 April 2014


National Education Association
National Education Association logo.jpg
President:Dennis Van Roekel
Vice-president:Lily Eskelsen Garcia
Year created:1857
Website:http://www.nea.org/
The National Education Association (NEA) is the voice of education professionals. The vision of the NEA is a great public school for every student. The mission statement is, "to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world."[1]

History

NEA was founded in 1857 by one hundred educators. In 1966 it merged with the American Teachers Association. Since that time, its membership has increased to over 3.2 million.[2]

Mission Statement

The stated mission of the National Education Association is "to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world."[3], as well as concerning itself with the wage and working condition issues common to other labor unions.

The NEA is a volunteer-based organization that relies upon its members to perform much of the Association's work. In turn, the members are supported by a network of staff at the local, state, and national levels. The stated goal of NEA's work is encapsulated in its tagline: "building great public schools for every child."[4]

At the local level, affiliates perform a variety of activities (as determined by the local members), which may range from raising funds for scholarship programs to conducting professional workshops on issues that affect faculty and school support staff to bargaining contracts for school district employees.[5]

The activities of NEA state affiliates are equally wide-ranging. State affiliates regularly lobby state legislators for funding and other resources; they seek to influence education policy and they campaign for higher professional standards for educators and support professionals. The extent to which the NEA and its state and local affiliates engage in political activities, especially during election cycles has, however, been a source of controversy.[6]

At the national level, the NEA lobbies the United States Congress and federal agencies on behalf of its members and public schools, works with other education organizations and friends of public education, provides training and assistance to its affiliates, and generally conducts activities consistent with the policies set by its elected governing bodies.[7]

Leadership

NEA is governed by a nine-member executive committee and a board of directors. The current president is Dennis Van Roekel, and the vice president is Lily Eskelsen Garcia.[8]

Issues

NEA lists the following issues as its current focus:[9]

For a complete list of detailed issues, click here.

2014 elections

As of November 2013, NEA has spent $1,646,370 in the 2014 election cycle: $310,370 went to Democratic candidates, $55,500 to Republicans and the remaining $1,280,000 was soft money given to political organizations.[10]

2012 elections

NEA spent $14,899,964 in the 2012 election cycle: $2,260,847 on Democratic candidates, $177,707 on Republicans, and $12,486,260 as soft money given to political organizations.[10]

Expenditures

The following table displays the top 10 candidates who received the most money from NEA.[11]

Top 10 largest National Education Association expenditures in 2012[10]
Candidate Party State Office Total Desired Result
Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $61,577
Yes.png
Kathleen Hochul Democratic Party NY House $19,000
No.png
Tammy Baldwin Democratic Party WI House $17,080
Yes.png
Derek Kilmer Democratic Party WA House $16,000
Yes.png
Christopher Donovan Democratic Party CT House $15,000
No.png
Elizabeth Esty Democratic Party CT House $15,000
Yes.png
Pete Gallego Democratic Party TX House $15,000
Yes.png
Chris Murphy Democratic Party CT House $15,000
Yes.png
Elizabeth Warren Democratic Party MA Senate $14,550
Yes.png
Ron Barber Democratic Party AZ House $14,250
Yes.png

Donations to ballot campaigns

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2004

2002

Structure

NEA's 3.2 million members are served by 14,000 local affiliates (including some 800 higher education affiliates), 51 state-level affiliates (50 state associations and the Federal Education Association), and roughly 555 staff members working at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in regional offices.[12]

In 2006, the NEA and the AFL-CIO also announced that, for the first time, stand-alone NEA locals as well as those that had merged with the AFT would be allowed to join state and local labor federations affiliated with the AFL-CIO[13]

Funding

Most NEA funding comes from dues paid by its members ($295 million in dues from a $341 million total budget in 2005).[14] According to the NEA's website yearly membership dies are $300.[15]

Federal law prohibits unions from using dues money or other assets to contribute to or otherwise assist federal candidates or political parties, in accordance with their tax-exempt status. The "NEA Fund for Children and Public Education" is a special fund for voluntary contributions from NEA members which can legally be used to assist candidates and political parties. Critics have repeatedly questioned the NEA's actual compliance with such laws, and a number of legal actions focusing on the union's use of money and union personnel in partisan contexts have ensued

Criticism

Substantial criticism has been leveled against the NEA and other teachers unions for allegedly putting the interests of teachers ahead of students and for consistently opposing reforms that critics claim would help students but harm union interests.[16] The NEA has supported class size reductions and across-the-board salary increases for teachers: two measures that increase the number and compensation of NEA teachers. On the other hand, the NEA has often opposed measures such as merit pay, school vouchers, reforms to teacher tenure, curriculum reform, the No Child Left Behind Act, and many accountability reforms. In a 1999 interview, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan said that "ever since the judges have gotten heavily into education, and the National Education Association has gotten into control of that "Department of Education", test scores go down, there’s violence in classroom, things are going wrong." Also criticized is the NEA's alleged "goal of changing public opinion on homosexuality, starting with the youngest generation,"[26] according to a former chairman of the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus.[17][18]

What with the recent scrutiny placed on teacher misconduct, regarding specifically sexual abuse, the NEA has been criticized for its failure to crack down on abusive teachers. From an AP invesigation, Reg Weaver commented, "Students must be protected from sexual predators and abuse, and teachers must be protected from false accusations." He then refused to be interviewed. The AP reported that much of the resistance to report the problem comes from "where fellow teachers look away," and "School administrators make behind-the-scenes deals.[19]

Apple Inc. CEO, Steve Jobs, has criticized the NEA and other teacher unions for its lack of support for voucher programs, merit pay, and the removal of bad teachers. On February 17,2007 at an education reform conference in Texas, Jobs said, "What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good?”[20]

NEA has come under fire for taking advantage of laws in some states that compel, under certain conditions, membership in the association. In a case brought before the U.S. Supreme Court ("Davenport v. Washington Education Association)" on behalf of 4,000 Washington State teachers who are not NEA members but are nonetheless forced to pay NEA dues, the Court partially addressed the issue of collection and use of dues by unions such as the NEA.

The NEA is strongly against the Tax Payer Bill of Rights, and proudly displays this on their website. According to the NEA, TABOR's are a threat to them receiving additional growth in public funds.[21]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "National + Education + Association"

All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.

National Education Association News Feed

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External links

References