Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

National Education Association

The National Education Association (NEA), the country's largest teachers union, should be associated with educating our children. Last year the NEA "gave away more than $65 million last year to Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Amnesty International, AIDS Walk Washington and dozens of other such advocacy groups..." (see the link)

Plus, the NEA is a good place to work. It has approximately 600 employees, and more than half have 6 figure salaries! The president of the NEA makes $439,000. This is almost 10 time the average teacher's salary of $48,000.

How about these :

$15,000 to the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies for "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights.
The National Women's Law Center, whose Web site currently features a "pocket guide" to opposing Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito, received $5,000.
And something called the Fund to Protect Social Security got $400,000, presumably to defeat personal investment accounts.
$45,000 to the Economic Policy Institute, which regularly issues reports that claim education is underfunded and teachers are underpaid.
The partisans at People for the American Way got a $51,000 NEA contribution; PFAW happens to be vehemently anti-voucher.

It seems that the NEA is just another arm for the Democratic party. Maybe this info will cause an uproar in the teaching community. I won't be holding my breath.


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