Monday, January 12, 2009

NEA To Spend $250K of Teachers' Money At Obama Inaugural

NEA to Spend $250,000 on Inauguration. The National Education Association will spend up to $250,000 on activities related to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Part of the money will be used to pay for "NEA presence at appropriate events."

With large Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate, the union is also setting its priorities and is expected to concentrate on a handful of issues, including education funding, NCLB reauthorization, health care, GPO/WEP and "21st century skills" (which I would support if they were defined as the ability to detect, analyze and evaluate hogwash).

This, teachers, is where your dues money goes. As I heard so often growing up, "Things are tough all over." I guess they're not so tough for the NEA brass.


mazenko said...

Yeah, this is one reason I'm not a member. The $400,000 yearly salary for the NEA president is another. I simply want the right to collective bargaining.

Ellen K said...

Our new semester begins next Tuesday. We have to give the kids lists and cover class protocol, etc. We are expected to hit the ground running. Yet now we are getting bombarded with velvetly worded threats that we must show the inauguration. I have no problem showing the action swearing in, but the entire thing lasts for HOURS. And now some parents are claiming that we are acting upon political views by not showing EVERY SINGLE MINUTE. I am not sure that even the most fervent of supporters will be able to stay awake for the entire thing. So who is pressing their political agenda now? And with the NEA sending money to provide more glitz and glitter, one has to wonder, what's the point? and will anyone in Washington really care?