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The 2021 NEA Legislative Program


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Around here, we talk a lot about the flow of money from unions to political candidates. That seems like the easiest way to show the link between government unions and politics. But another way to see how government unions pull the strings of politicians is by looking at the legislative agendas of national unions.

Take the NEA’s Legislative Program for 2021. This document serves as a suggestion list of sorts for lawmakers and “reflects the NEA’s current needs.” What needs are those, you ask?

The NEA’s list of recommendations on how federal tax money should be spent is eye-opening.

I wonder if members of the NEA would be better served if the association allocated its lobbying funds for, well, member needs instead of for, well, a wish list of progressive policies?

For starters, the NEA could address the fact that the average teacher spends $745 a year of their own money on classroom supplies. Surely NEA members would much rather see their dues going into lobbying for more resources for the classroom over a pricey political push for a more progressive energy policy.  

– Elisabeth Kines

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