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The National Education Association (NEA) has 3.2 million members, which makes it America's largest professional employee union. The NEA had over 9,000 members attend its annual convention in Washington, D.C. from June 27 - July 5, 2012. According to reports, the convention looked like an Obama 2012 election headquarters, which made many of the teachers feel uncomfortable since they don't all support President Obama's re-election bid.

FoxNews.com described the event as follows:
It had all the trappings of a re-election rally: thousands packing a convention center, Barack Obama T-shirts, videos celebrating the health care law, and a wall-size banner with encouraging messages to the incumbent president.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel had to stop the boos from the audience when a Republican teacher spoke at the convention. The Republican and non-Republicans who don't support Obama 2012 felt ostracized by their union, which collects dues from their paycheck.

"For Republican teachers, it's almost like we're stepchildren in NEA, and then in the Republican Party we're also stepchildren, because we're public schoolteachers, and that's not part of their focus," said Keiser, who teaches high school math in Long Beach, Calif.

The NEA lobbies the government on everything from taxpayer funding of education to school safety to teacher pay. The NEA has spent over $41 million since 1990 on lobbyists and campaign material with 93% of the money going to Democrats to defeat Republicans according to OpenSecrets.org.

FOXNEWS.COM reports:
Republican teachers at the annual National Education Association convention said they felt pressure from union leaders and the rank-and-file to support President Obama's re-election.

convention felt pressure union leaders rank-and-file support president obamas re-election

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  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/07/06 17:53:08
    No
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +9
    It's a union, they don't care how the members think, they'll tell them how to vote and expect them to do it. Obama is harming unions and they don't even see it.

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  • Matt P. 2012/11/02 01:22:13
    No
    Matt P.
    I'm a conservative republican in every issue but education. The GOP has come off as jerks to many hard working public school teachers. So it is apparently the teacher's fault that some students don't do their homework and thus receive bad grades? I believe unions are a necessity, without them you would have school administrators making teachers work long hours for basically nothing. Every member in my local school's union are registered republicans, but they feel in an odd place when their own party wants to get rid of their careers (public education).
  • shaltov72 2012/07/14 03:18:45
    No
    shaltov72
    The unions only represent acorn, seiu, those mouth pieces that spue immoral and anti-Constitutional rhetoric. They will not stand on the side of those who believe in GOD, I believe they force people to join, collect their money and make them vote they way they want. Now I believe that unions have a purpose, but if they do not stand on values and morals and just going for high pay, I cannot agree, they should not be in the public sector because it is an added burden to taxpayers.
  • cheshirewayne 2012/07/09 22:11:26 (edited)
    No
    cheshirewayne
    +1
    What is on her head? I guess it's fitting considering what unions like to do to America.
  • Uranos7 2012/07/09 20:44:18
    No
    Uranos7
    +1
    A true union would be neutral supporting neither side and representing it's members by bargaining with both. The unions are nothing more than protection schemes of the 30's mobsters legalized by government. They may have helped people at one time but are now more interested in political power gain than in their member's needs.
  • mich52 2012/07/09 20:29:23
  • kevracer 2012/07/09 19:34:33
    No
    kevracer
    +1
    No union (or group) can represent all the concerns of all its members; the best it can do is represent the key concerns of a majority of its members
  • Jaiheena Star 2012/07/09 18:53:48
  • beavith1 2012/07/09 18:27:33
    No
    beavith1
    +1
    this is one great example why gov't unions are destructive. i rather wish every state was a RTW state....
  • overdog001 2012/07/09 18:06:52
    No
    overdog001
    +3
    NEA doesn't represent ANY teachers. The NEA fights for the rights and powers of the NEA.
  • Scout 2012/07/09 16:56:33
    No
    Scout
    +2
    I'm a teacher and a registered Republican (Libertarian.) I'm a union member because the union here works to impede government interference in the classroom and to protect teachers from a slew of poor management decisions. It's a tradeoff because I don't care for the political activities of the NEA.
  • Nick 2012/07/09 16:24:37
    No
    Nick
    If the NEA does away with NO CHILD they can help the situation
  • beavith1 Nick 2012/07/09 18:28:14
    beavith1
    the NEA fought for NCLB, as did the democrats....
  • Nick beavith1 2012/07/10 13:29:25
    Nick
    I get that but now they call it "no teacher left standing"
    They feel its crazy to teach to a standard test
  • beavith1 Nick 2012/07/10 13:59:41
    beavith1
    +1
    its also called 'No Vendor Left Behind'.

    it was dumb in 1992. it was dumb when Bush signed it...

    Common Core scares the bejeebies out of me...
  • Mimi beavith1 2012/07/12 04:03:42 (edited)
    Mimi
    +1
    The most mistake was "no child left behind" of child does'nt know keep them until they know try different techniques of teaching we want strong and intelligent Americans!
  • shaltov72 Mimi 2012/07/14 03:24:38
    shaltov72
    +1
    This not going to happen until values, morals and character are in the class room. All the rules and laws will never account for anything until this nation respect why, how this nation was founded!
  • Larry 2012/07/09 16:14:16
    No
    Larry
    +2
    why would they? i mean, that woman on stage,, standing there with a stupid dildo strap to her head?? Union? yeah that's about right
  • beavith1 Larry 2012/07/09 18:28:32
  • cinbadl 2012/07/09 15:46:57
  • bob h. 2012/07/09 14:38:59
    No
    bob h.
    +1
    Which goes a long way toward explaining our miserable test scores.
  • Matt P. bob h. 2012/11/02 01:28:30
    Matt P.
    +3
    I believe the reason our tests scores have gone dramatically down in the last 50 years is because our culture has degraded morally. Parents no longer want to be involved with their child's educations and kids are no longer taught values such as responsibility and hard-work. Teachers are doing the best they can, but it certainly doesn't help when they're the ones being blamed for a student's bad grades.
  • John Hall 2012/07/09 14:21:30
    No
    John Hall
    +1
    no it doesnt because if they did they stay neutral you dont put banners up for any politician and you dont tell them who to vote for.
  • wgossett99 2012/07/09 13:59:50
    No
    wgossett99
    +1
    Dumb question!

    NO union has 100% agreement on anything.
  • HOMBRE 2012/07/09 13:57:42
    No
    HOMBRE
    How dare the people question their unions. This is terrible even worse questioning Obama now this is just plain racist.How dare they. LOL
  • Angie 2012/07/09 10:00:30
    No
    Angie
    +3
    The NEA is basically another government organization. Our government rarely reflects the views of the majority of the people...They are out for themselves. Backing the Obama campaign is basic lobbyist/union butt-kissing...
  • Lisa 2012/07/09 05:38:17
    No
    Lisa
    +5
    Only teachers who agree with the union .. Same as in the entertainment industry where Republicans are ostracized if they speak out.. What a free country ,.eh..?
    Now I know why our kids are so stupid .. With women like that corn head below teaching!
  • Nanjing03 Lisa 2012/07/09 13:50:19
    Nanjing03
    +3
    Lol. Yeah, the president is looking at that corn head and thinking, "Please don't tell me she really has a masters degree and is responsible for the future leadership in our country." Meanwhile he is also looking at her as a big political cash filled piñata ready to burst and fund his campaign.
  • Lisa Nanjing03 2012/07/10 04:32:42
    Lisa
    +2
    LOL good response...I wonder if he started batting at it when the photographers left..maybe some change fell out for him ..
  • Ken 2012/07/09 05:34:25
    No
    Ken
    +2
    Definitely NO.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/07/09 05:26:30 (edited)
    No
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +6
    Of course they don't. As a teacher, I find that both parties are incredibly wrong about education in America. I have no desire to join the NEA, but the climate of teaching forces many teachers to join. With constant threats of lawsuits from sue-happy parents, big unions like the NEA offer help with legal fees if something comes up - literally a protection racket. With that said, the Republican party is no friend of teachers.
  • Cleaver62 Beat Ma... 2012/07/09 12:32:42
    Cleaver62
    +1
    For once I somewhat agree with you. Nice to see we have some common ground.
  • shaltov72 Beat Ma... 2012/07/14 03:31:51
    shaltov72
    When the anti-GOD movement with all the commies pushed their hatred thats when education went down the tubes, now you have every little cause, instead of responsibility its what can I get attitude, Now this is not all the students or teachers, many have their hands tied. Get rid of the Dept of Education and allow the parents to really be the bosses and have a voucher system were they can go to private schools. Many do not realize that john dewey was a marxist sympathizer and he was suppose to be the father of modern day education?
  • carri byers 2012/07/09 03:52:06 (edited)
    No
    carri byers
    +4
    As a member of the Washington chapter of the NEA I can tell they certainly don't represent ME!

    The NEA is a quasi-communistic regime that is interested in defending teachers and administrators from the wrath of parents as it becomes more and more apparent that "education" is not its goal.

    The NEA wants access to our children's minds to train them into international citizens of the world - or in other words, useful idiots. They focus on co-operative learning which is code for group think.

    They are feeding them the government controlled pablum of the "scientific community".

    And they are forcing our children to subcum to the pressure of societal norming of the abnormal - in other words, anything but the basic family unit of father, mother and children together in a committed, long-term relationship.
  • Beat Ma... carri b... 2012/07/09 05:31:06
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    "And they are forcing our children to subcum to the pressure of societal norming of the abnormal - in other words, anything but the basic family unit of father, mother and children together in a committed, long-term relationship." - I don't know what school you're working in, but I've never seen it once.
  • carri b... Beat Ma... 2012/07/09 14:17:53 (edited)
    carri byers
    +1
    The sex ed classes have for years made sexual activity for teens more and more acceptable as society sexualizes them earlier and earlier which is part of the reason for the statistic that half of babies born to women under 30 are to single mothers.

    Schools pound in to our kids that any behavior is to be accepted as normal because no one has the right to "judge" - that is unless you have religious conviction...then you are silenced, told to keep your opinion to yourself or simply downgraded for holding such opinions.

    "Tolerance" is rampant - except when your views are Conservative. I'm sure you've heard about the teacher in NC who berated her student for asking about the incident in Obama's book where he pushed a girl down for making fun of him and compared that to Romney's supposed hazing incident in college. That student was told he could not "disrespect" the president" in her class and that anyone who does could be arrested. http://www.foxnews.com/politi... And let's not forget the "Mmmm, mmm, mmm...Barack Hussein Obama" chant some students were made to recite. http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    My daughter's friend asked her something about our religious beliefs during free time at school and she was answering the question when a teacher overheard them. That teacher st...

    The sex ed classes have for years made sexual activity for teens more and more acceptable as society sexualizes them earlier and earlier which is part of the reason for the statistic that half of babies born to women under 30 are to single mothers.

    Schools pound in to our kids that any behavior is to be accepted as normal because no one has the right to "judge" - that is unless you have religious conviction...then you are silenced, told to keep your opinion to yourself or simply downgraded for holding such opinions.

    "Tolerance" is rampant - except when your views are Conservative. I'm sure you've heard about the teacher in NC who berated her student for asking about the incident in Obama's book where he pushed a girl down for making fun of him and compared that to Romney's supposed hazing incident in college. That student was told he could not "disrespect" the president" in her class and that anyone who does could be arrested. http://www.foxnews.com/politi... And let's not forget the "Mmmm, mmm, mmm...Barack Hussein Obama" chant some students were made to recite. http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    My daughter's friend asked her something about our religious beliefs during free time at school and she was answering the question when a teacher overheard them. That teacher stopped the conversation saying "You can't proselyte while on campus". My daughter was answering a question posed to her!!!

    Like I said - "tolerance" and f'reedom of speech" have selective application on federal property which means my kids are being taught "All animals are equal...some more equal than others".
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  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/07/09 03:00:43
    Yes
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    He's our president...the republicans wouldn't be complaining if he was republican...
  • carri b... ~Hopele... 2012/07/09 03:54:09
    carri byers
    +2
    Really, then why did many of us complain when Bush II pulled so many bonehead, socialistic stunts his last 4 years? Narrow view, #1 -- very narrow.
  • ~Hopele... carri b... 2012/07/09 05:44:34 (edited)
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    Then why are republicans complaining about everything? He's our President...complaining about that fact isn't going to change it.
  • Semper Fi ~Hopele... 2012/07/09 13:57:53
    Semper Fi
    +2
    So are we to praise him and give him another term simply because he is the president?

    Liberals do not know what "merit" means.
  • ~Hopele... Semper Fi 2012/07/09 20:38:09
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    No, but complaining about the fact that he is president is not going to change anything. Don't vote for him again in the next election...that's all that you can do about it.
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