Exposing the Union Behind the Apple Ballot

The Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), the teacher’s union which endorses political candidates through their Apple Ballot, is an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).

While most of us think that these teachers unions represent the best interests of our children AND their teachers, NEAExposed.com and other organizations tell a different story. Educated voters should be informed about what some deem to be questionable politics behind the Apple Ballot.

Follow the links below to learn some eye-opening facts about the political power wielded by the NEA and, by affiliation, the MCEA!

“According to the Washington, D.C.-based Labor Union Report, the National Education Association in 2009 “raked in a whopping $355,334,165 in ‘dues and agency fees’ from (mostly) teachers around the country.” It spent close to $11 million more than it took in – $50 million of which union leaders poured into “political activities and lobbying” for exclusively left-wing and Democratic partisan causes and candidates. Its primary mission? No, not educational excellence. Not “the children.” Political self-preservation.” Washington Examiner, “Not a Job Bill But a Special Interest Bill”, August 12, 2010

“Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our position. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.” Bob Chanin, National Education Association’s retiring top lawyer, Washington Examiner, “Not a Job Bill But a Special Interest Bill”, August 12, 2010

“This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary. These are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay. Bob Chanin, National Education Association’s retiring top lawyer, Washington Examiner, “Not a Job Bill But a Special Interest Bill”, August 12, 2010

Watch Bob Chanin here to learn more about NEA’s real agenda.

 “The major purpose of our association is not the education of children, it is or ought to be the extension and/or preservation of our members’ rights. We earnestly care about the kids learning, but that is secondary to the other goals.”
Mary Hatwood Futrell, NEA Past President, Los Angeles Times, 1982, http://neaexposed.com/

“There’s no alternative to political involvement. Instruction and professional development have been on the back burner for us, compared to political action.”
Mary Hatwood Futrell, NEA Past President, Los Angeles Times, 1982, http://www.neaexposed.com/pol_activity.htm

It is interesting to note that the NEA takes a strong stand on noneducation related issues. For example:

At its recent convention, the NEA took a firm stand in support of gay marriage. Not civil unions, but marriage. According to Tips-Q, the NEA passed a resolution, which, among other things, says:

NEA will support its affiliates seeking to enact state legislation that guarantees to same-sex couples the right to enter into a legally recognized relationship pursuant to which they have the same rights and benefits as similarly-situated heterosexual couples, including, without limitation, rights and benefits with regard to medical decisions, taxes, inheritance, adoption, and immigration. http://www.neaexposed.com/pol_activity.htm

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