NEA spent $133 million to lobby, aid allies

The National Education Association spent $133 million on lobbying and supporting allies, reports Dropout Nation.

Barnett Berry’s Center for Teaching Quality collected $318,848 from the union; the progressive Economic Policy Institute got $255,000 and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (“a leading advocate for the charter schools the NEA opposes so virulently,” notes DN) received $40,000.

The usual suspects are also on the list: Communities for Quality Education, which has long been subsidized by the NEA, collected $1 million in 2010-2011. Anti-testing group FairTest picked up $35,000 this time around. . . .  Meanwhile the NEA directly poured $43,000 into the Save Our Schools rally held this past July; this doesn’t include dollars poured in by state and local affiliates.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel made $460,060, a 16 percent increase over the previous year; Lily Eskelson, was paid $371,904, a 14 percent increase.

The NEA collected $399 million in dues and other revenues in 2010-2011, nearly the same as the previous year, despite a 4 percent decline in membership.

Teachers’ unions are likely to lose members and dues in states that have passed anti-union measures. In Tennessee, which limited the union’s bargaining power, teachers are leaving the union.  Wisconsin’s teachers’ union was forced to lay off 40 percent of its staff.

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  1. Mark Roulo says:

    Darren (over at notes that he got 56% of his NEA dues refunded because only 44% of the collected dues were spent on activities related to union organizing.

    I’m actually a bit surprised that they only spent 133/399 = 33% on lobbying. I would have expected the number to almost twice that.

    • I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if some of their lobbying funds were listed under other categories.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    From time to time–not very often, actually–I visit the NEA website and look at the issues they’re pushing.
    It is somewhat of an exaggeration to suggest that they lament that kids can’t learn when they know that somewhere a spotted owl is missing his tree. But, sometimes, not much of an exaggeration.