Teacher union watchdog Mike Antonucci recently reported on financial and membership changes in NEA state affiliates. NEA, the National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the United States, took in $370 million in 2015, up $27 million from the previous year. While the gains may suggest things are good, don’t be fooled; underneath the surface are serious problems. Matching up enrollment and financial figures for 2014-15, Antonucci found that 21 state affiliates lost members and 18 of those states had operating deficits.
How did North Carolina’s NEA affiliate, North Carolina Association of Educators, fare? According to the figures, NCAE lost 3,450 members and had a membership of 35,998 in 2014-15. NCAE also finished the year with an operating deficit of $689,803. Only four other states had greater financial losses than North Carolina.
Teachers continue to vote with their feet.