Knoxnews.com has a great article by Greg Johnson “TEA not the only choice for teacher representation.” Click Here to read the full article. In it Mr. Johnson makes the excellent points:
By joining the Tennessee Education Association, teachers give tacit, if not implicit, approval to TEA’s political agenda. Last year, TEA chose – with concerted aforethought – to give almost 93 percent of its political contributions to Democrats. TEA fired the first political shot. Now TEA feigns shock when politics doesn’t go its way.
When teachers choose to join TEA, they also choose the National Education Association. Since a portion of dues go to NEA, teachers give tacit, if not implicit, approval to the political agenda of NEA. And what a political agenda it is.
In 2010, NEA bragged on its website, “The Association has increased its independent (political) expenditure campaign from $15 million to $17 million.” NEA used some of those dollars to attack Republicans.
Tennessee teachers helped NEA fund blatantly noneducational purposes. IRS Form 990 for 2008 (the latest year available) shows NEA gave $300,000 to Healthcare for America Now, an advocacy group promoting Obamacare. NEA also gave $25,000 to the Democratic Leadership Council.
The NAACP received $50,000 from NEA while the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force got $15,000. NEA gave money to the Center for American Progress, Campaign for America’s Future and the Economic Policy Institute, left-wing think tanks all. NEA gave $90,000 to the National Public Pension Coalition, an outfit founded to protect public employee pensions.
Johnson then goes on to give an excellent explanation of the Professional Educators of Tennessee “a professional association of educators that embraces the responsibility of bringing honor to the teaching profession.”
Let’s be clear. This battle is NOT about political contributions. This battle is NOT against teachers. The current battle being fought by Tennessee’s legislators IS against the teachers unions. It is because of the hard work of the teachers unions that Tennessee’s children have been trapped in the broken, government run, one size fits all monopoly, public education system. The TEA’s own website admits part of their mission is to: protect public education. Their concern is not the damage monopoly control is doing to education or Tennessee’s children.
To learn more about the Professional Educators of Tennessee click Here.
Professional Educators of Tennessee (PET) is an association developed to promote the professional status and growth of educators and the welfare of students, in order to make the state of Tennessee a better place to teach and learn. Organized in the 1990-1991 school year with 67 members, PET was formed to give teachers a professional alternative to union membership. PET gives teachers a choice.