Students poorly prepared for college, failing schools especially in poor and urban areas, fighting uniform testing and performance measures, opposition to charter schools, opposition to reformers efforts …
Does any of this sound familiar? What’s wrong⁉️
Do you know of one Democratic politician who has opposed any teachers union or supported significant efforts at reform?
In many states, the total compensation packages, including non-cash benefits for teachers, far exceed the average compensation of taxpayers while contributing significantly to the states fiscal problems.
This is not a condemnation of individual teachers, but of union leaders (and their allied politicians) seeking power and control and a steady stream of dues income and because of that blocking meaningful, measurable education reform. The head of the AFT earns $500,000 a year +- The head of the NEA is in the same ballpark.
[The BLS reports the median annual salary for high school teachers was $56,310 in 2014. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $88,910, while the bottom 10 percent made $37,540. Compensation is typically based on your years of experience and educational level.].
How many other jobs do you know of where pay increases automatically almost entirely based on education level and years on the job? Why can’t we develop a fair way to evaluate teacher performance results and act on those results positive and negative?
Led by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, teachers unions contributed a total of about $19.2 million in the 2012 elections. The NEA, which is more than 150 years old and advocates for teachers on a number of issues, contributed more than $14.7 million in 2012.
Since 1989, it has been the fourth biggest donor out of all organizations tracked by CRP. AFT is another heavy-hitter, having given $4.4 million in 2012 that went to Democrats or liberal groups.
Top Contributors, 2015-2016
Contributor / Amount
National Education Assn $19,998,053
American Federation of Teachers $11,824,783
California School Employees Assn $121,917
Ohio Assn of Public School Employees $6,400 Contributions
All of the contributions went to Democrats and Liberal Groups
Source: Teachers Unions | OpenSecrets