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Teachers unions: A Driving Force, or a road block to success?. By: Kyle Davis. Union Facts. NEA Membership- 3.2 million (2009) 341 million total budget (2005) AFT Membership- 890,000 (2009) 107.6 Million Dollars in Assets (2009). Where do they get their money?.

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Teachers unions a driving force or a road block to success

Teachers unions: A Driving Force, or a road block to success?

By: Kyle Davis


Union facts

Union Facts

  • NEA Membership- 3.2 million (2009)

    • 341 million total budget (2005)

  • AFT Membership- 890,000 (2009)

    • 107.6 Million Dollars in Assets (2009)


Where do they get their money

Where do they get their money?

  • 295 million dollars out of 341 million dollar budget in 2005 came from member dues (NEA)


Issue 1 increase pay for teachers

Issue #1- Increase Pay for Teachers

  • Through its nationwide salary initiative, NEA is advocating for a $40,000 starting salary for all pre-K-12 teachers, and appropriate professional pay for higher education faculty and staff.


Issue 1 increase pay for teachers1

Issue #1- Increase Pay for Teachers

  • Through its nationwide salary initiative, NEA is advocating for a $40,000 starting salary for all pre-K-12 teachers, and appropriate professional pay for higher education faculty and staff.

This is because teachers are extremely underpaid…. Right??


Teachers unions a driving force or a road block to success

  • In the April 13th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, an article ran about the state of the Silicon Valley. Housing prices were up so high that young teachers just could not possibly live there, so they were moving away at high rates.


Teachers unions a driving force or a road block to success

  • In the April 13th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, an article ran about the state of the Silicon Valley. Housing prices were up so high that young teachers just could not possibly live there, so they were moving away at high rates.

So what’s the problem with this??


Teachers unions a driving force or a road block to success

  • In the April 13th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, an article ran about the state of the Silicon Valley. Housing prices were up so high that young teachers just could not possibly live there, so they were moving away at high rates.

So what’s the problem with this??

ITS NOT TRUE!!!


Teachers unions a driving force or a road block to success

  • A few years later, after the Internet boom was a fading memory, The San Jose Mercury News ran an article titled “Teacher Housing Crisis a Myth.”

    • At the peak of the Internet Boom, 96% of the Silicon Valley’s teachers lived there.

    • About 2/3 of the teachers owned their own homes.

    • Teachers owned homes at a higher rate than many other professions, including software engineers, network administrators, and accountants.

    • The reason given for all of this? The “pay scales” used to pay teachers.


Teachers are underpaid right

Teachers Are Underpaid, Right?

  • In a 2003, Richard Vedder published a study in Education Next, undermining the myth that teachers are underpaid.

    • Using data on household median earnings from the U.S. Department of Labor, he compared teachers with seven other professional occupations: accountants, biological and life scientists, registered nurses, social workers, lawyers and judges, artists, and editors and reporters.


Teachers are underpaid right1

Teachers Are Underpaid, Right?

  • In a 2003, Richard Vedder published a study in Education Next, undermining the myth that teachers are underpaid.

    • Using data on household median earnings from the U.S. Department of Labor, he compared teachers with seven other professional occupations: accountants, biological and life scientists, registered nurses, social workers, lawyers and judges, artists, and editors and reporters.

And what did he find out?


And about that pay scale

And about that pay scale…

  • Teachers Unions fight tooth and nail against merit pay.


Issue 3 preserve tenure

Issue #3- Preserve Tenure

  • In most states, tenure is granted to the teacher after 3 years of teaching.

    • In many cases, such as in Colorado, certain standards and reviews are in place before being granted tenure.


Issue 3 preserve tenure1

Issue #3- Preserve Tenure

  • In most states, tenure is granted to the teacher after 3 years of teaching.

    • In many cases, such as in Colorado, certain standards and reviews are in place before being granted tenure.

Teachers are government employees.


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Issue #3- Preserve Tenure

  • In most states, tenure is granted to the teacher after 3 years of teaching.

    • In many cases, such as in Colorado, certain standards and reviews are in place before being granted tenure.

Teachers are government employees.

There is NO private company that offers tenure!!!


Teachers unions a driving force or a road block to success

  • Why would unions continue to push for tenure, despite the fact that public opinion is mounting against it?

    • Where do the teachers unions get their money?

    • Should there be any sort of public accountability from the unions?

    • Are there any reasonable alternatives to tenure?


My big issue they are bullies

My big issue? They are BULLIES!!


Is it about the kids

Is it about the kids?

  • If not, what is it about?


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