As Membership Plummets, NEA Tries to Boost Political Clout
Losses mount to 100,000 in two years, with triple that number projected by 2014
Faced with arguably the biggest crisis of its 155-year history—the loss of at least 100,000 full-time members—the nation's largest union plans to respond by organizing thousands of new members and transforming itself into an even more politically potent force.
Whether the National Education Association can accomplish those goals while simultaneously advocating improvements to the teaching profession—a role publicly supported by its leaders, but contested among the rank and file—remains an open question.
Nothing less than the organization's future appears to...
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