With the U. S. Supreme Court ready to pass judgement on how demanding teacher’s unions can be, the National Education Association (NEA) is already girding for the worst news they could get. “This summer the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, a case brought against government unions for charging nonmembers ‘agency fees,'” Vicki E. Alger writes in The Washington Examiner. “If unions are prohibited from charging those fees, the cost of members’ dues could soar—by hundreds of dollars in the case of California Teachers Association members. The result? Less money and fewer members.”
“Anticipating an unfavorable ruling, the National Education Association is reducing its two-year budget by $50 million and bracing for a membership nosedive in excess of 300,000 teachers, according to union watchdog and Education Intelligence Agency Director Mike Antonucci.” Alger, a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, is the author of the book Failure: The Federal “Misedukation” of America’s Children.