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With all of the complaints about the lack of funding and benefits for teachers, why does the NEA feel the need to spend $60 million on re-electing Obama?

Tell me again how Obama doesn't have special interests.

The National Education Association, the largest education union, is preparing for a long, tough fight to re-elect President Obama.


Asked by QuinnMae at 1:45 PM on Jun. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The NEA doesn't care about teaching kids and quality teachers. They care about their dues, their politics, and keeping even the worst of teachers in their job.... Bleh!

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:55 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • That's a broad assumption to make...

    It is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues …” ~ NEA General Counsel/Union Leader, Bob Chanin


    He spoke in WE, right?  Unless he has a mouse in his pocket (or Weiner), then I would say it's a FAIR assessment... 


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:19 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • To what end? What do they have to gain by keeping the worst of teachers on the job?

    That's a Question even Steve Jobs has asked.....  But they DO IT....  Research The NEA and individual state Unions involvement in Tenure Laws...  Then research the number of teachers who have not been fired after misconduct, poor teaching outcomes, etc and have been protected through Tenure laws....  ahhhhh yes... Tenure Laws~ Keeping Poor teachers employed on the taxpayer's dime through politicking....  Brought to you by the NEA....


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:31 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • America is already falling behind other countries in the education league so anyone with an interest in quality education would be crazy not to support Obama. There is no alternative.

    As a teacher, I would have no problem voting for anyone other than PBO. The best thing that could happen to American education is to get rid of the NEA and get the fed. gov't out of education. It isn't in the US Constitution at all. They get in through funding. It is called 'the power of the purse'. If we want the $$, we have to follow their rules. States that opt out of fed. money have better scores than those that take any and all $$. 


    Answer by jesse123456 at 9:18 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:54 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Check out the All time TOP DONORS and check out their party Affiliation...  ;o)



    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:55 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • grlygrlz is right...the NEA doesn't care about the kids. The union has almost ruined the schools here...they are looking at 45-50 kids to the classroom next year because the union refuses to even negotiate...the district has no choice but to fire teachers. The feds and the state have shorted them millions..they have cut almost everything..including sports. There is nothing else to cut but wages and benefits..if they won't negotiate there have to be firings. Yeah for the kids.

    I don't think our children should be political pawns. That money could be put to much better uses..uses that actually HELP the children they claim to care so much about.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:00 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Grlygrlz2, how about putting that quote into context?
    Here's the full portion of Chanin's speech cited in the ad, in which the union says Chanin "was explaining why NEA is an effective advocate to combat attacks on collective bargaining, unrelated to NEA's obvious support for our children's well being":

    "So the bad news, or depending on your point of view, the good news, is that NEA and its affiliates will continue to be attacked by conservative and right-wing groups as long as we continue to be effective advocates for public education, for education employees, and for human and civil rights. And that brings me to my final and most important point. Which is why, at least in my opinion, NEA and its affiliates are such effective advocates. Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions.

    Answer by adnilm at 2:30 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Local Chapters Encouraging Politicking in the Schools....



    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:55 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Follow the money where? To politicians who support educational reforms that actually work?

    Not to politicians who support education reforms but to the ones who will give them the most money from the public till in exchange for votes.

    Answer by Carpy at 6:02 PM on Jun. 10, 2011