« Less Star Power at NEA's 2013 Convention? | Main | Teachers Keep Majority on NEA Committees, Once Again »

NEA Delegates Approve $3 Dues Hike

Atlanta

According to secret-ballot results just released, the National Education Association's 6,900 delegates approved a $3 dues increase for active members, by a vote of 56 percent to 44 percent.

NEA says the dues increase will be put in a special fund to help support projects by state and local affiliates to improve teaching and learning. The details of the fund are a little sketchy and need fleshing out by the union's executive committee. (I'll work on getting more for you.)

The fund was a top priority for NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and other union leaders.

Here's some background on the increase. NEA had anticipated raising dues by $2, but a decline in teachers' salaries meant that, under the dues-setting formula, they actually were supposed to decline by $1. So the math behind the $3 isn't too hard to figure out.

Still, the new funds are not supposed to go toward the union's general funds. This will clearly be an initiative to watch.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments