More Good News: Teachers Union Loses 100,000 Members
Something to raise a glass to at tomorrow's barbeque, from USAToday:
The National Education Association (NEA) has lost more than 100,000 members since 2010. By 2014, union projections show, it could lose a cumulative total of about 308,000 full-time teachers and other workers, a 16% drop from 2010. Lost dues will shrink NEA's budget an estimated $65 million, or 18%.
NEA calls the membership losses "unprecedented" and predicts they may be a sign of things to come. "Things will never go back to the way they were," reads its 2012-14 strategic plan, citing changing teacher demographics, attempts by some states to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights and an "explosion" in online learning that could sideline flesh-and-blood teachers.
This is a fitting -- and cheering -- factoid for this Independence Day holiday. There are no groups or institutions that have been more destructive, more reactionary, more hidebound, and more corrupt than the various teachers unions around the country. Kids in public schools won't be free until they -- and their parents -- can celebrate an Independence Day from the monopolistic and almost criminal teachers unions.
(How's that for a seasonal tie-in?)