Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn.) introduced a bill yesterday to end the federal charter for the nation’s largest teacher’s union, the National Education Association (NEA).
Blackburn said that the NEA has shifted from advocating for teachers to being a political organization that pushes a far-left, progressive agenda that is unrelated to teacher advocacy.
The NEA has increasingly endorsed left-wing viewpoints on Critical Race Theory and teaching gender ideology to students in schools.
They suggested a book that supports kneeling for the national anthem as part of their August 2022 summer reading list.
The organization also funded an advertisement that labels conservative parents who oppose Critical Race Theory being taught in their schools as extremists.
Blackburn’s bill is unlikely to pass the Senate as all Democrats are expected to vote against it, though it could gain traction Republicans win a Senate majority in the 2022 midterm elections.
The Daily Caller Reports–
Republican Tennesse Sen. Marsha Blackburn introduced legislation Thursday that would end the federal charter for the National Education Association (NEA), the country’s largest teachers union.
The legislation, first obtained by the Daily Caller, states that the NEA can no longer be considered worthy of its federal charter because it has “drifted substantially from its core mission and has become a massive political operation dedicated to imposing a radical progressive agenda on schools in the United States.”
A federal charter lends an organization the legitimacy of being sanctioned by the U.S. federal government. There are approximately 100 organizations operating under a federal charter, including such groups as the American Gold Star Mothers, the American Legion, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
NEA is the nation’s largest labor union and the only labor union operating under a federal charter. More than a quarter of the NEA’s yearly expenditures are spent on political activities which overwhelmingly favor Democrats.