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January 16th, 2013
Teacher union donations: Who gets NEA cash?
Mike Antonucci went through the National Education Association’s financial disclosure report so you don’t have to. The NEA is the nation’s largest teachers union, the Huffington Post reports. He found that the union spent $15 million on advocacy — $3.8 less than the previous year. Some interesting (but mostly predictable) grantees include Center for American Progress, American Bridge, Committee for Education Funding, Economic Policy Institute, Education Writers Association, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, and the Republican Main Street Partnership. Also, the NEA gave $25,000 to something called the Hip Hop Caucus Education Fund. One standout recipient is Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform, which received a gift of over $1.04 million. As you may recall, Idaho was a hot and expensive place for education activism this fall. A ballot contest forced state schools chief Tom Luna to defend laws that dramatically changed school technology and the ways teachers are compensated. Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform played a big role in the fight against Luna…