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'The long reach of Teachers Unions'



Here's what the latest Education Next has to say about teachers unions, in a story that leads with the Florida Education Association mobilizing to kill SB 6:

If you think it’s far-fetched to suggest that a teachers union could play the role of political kingmaker, think again. The largest political campaign spender in America is not a megacorporation, such as Wal-Mart, Microsoft, or ExxonMobil. It isn’t an industry association, like the American Bankers Association or the National Association of Realtors. It’s not even a labor federation, like the AFL-CIO. If you combine the campaign spending of all those entities it does not match the amount spent by the National Education Association ...

The story includes a state-by-state, per-teacher breakdown of political spending by teachers unions. Florida comes in at No. 48.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:27am]


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