They care less about teaching and learning in schools than about extremist, radical ideologies. ‘
In July, the National Education Association proposed a resolution that would replace “mother” from contracts with “birthing parent”, in an effort to encourage inclusion. Fed up with the expanding promotion of their “radical, far left extremist ideologies” in America’s education system, one mother is on a mission to expose, and take head on, the organization she now calls the “K-12 Cartel.”
The resolution, labeled NBI 63, was one of many proposed at the 2022 NEA Representative Assembly, held in Chicago, July 3-6. The resolution stated that members don’t need to worry about what a Board of Education/solicitor means by defining’maternity leave’. It is a flexible language reflecting how LGBTQIA+ members create families.
Democrat leadership and NEA-backed Senate candidates were silent on whether or not they supported the measure. While the Biden administration’s 2022 budget proposal also replaced the word “mothers” with “birthing people,” the White House was equally silent on the NEA’s measure.
During a July 9 interview, mother and co-founder of Moms for Liberty, Tiffany Justice, slammed the proposal, saying the NEA was nothing more than a “K-12 Cartel,” pushing a radical political agenda.
Whether it was due to swift public backlash, or the absence of support among Democratic candidates and leadership, NBI 63 was ultimately not even brought to a vote. Justice isn’t backing down.
“There were many more things that the NEA suggested, so I suggest people pay attention. You will be stunned at the radical Agenda items this union is pushing through the country,” Justice said to The Epoch Times.
For example, delegates at the Representative Assembly also approved a new policy statement calling for an end to the “criminalization and policing of students,” but stopped just short of proposing the removal of armed school resource officers, guardians, and marshals from school campuses.
Delegates also passed a measure proposed by Arlene Inouye, the secretary of United Teachers Los Angeles, that says the “NEA will publicly stand in defense of abortion and reproductive rights and encourage members to participate in activities including rallies and demonstrations, lobbying and political campaigns, educational events, and other actions to support the right to abortion, contraception, and a person’s decision about their health.” When presenting her idea, Inouye said other delegates asked her to remove the word “abortion” from the proposal. She declined.
Delegates attacked what they call the surge in anti-LGBTQ legislation being proposed and passed in states across the country, such as Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law (pdf) which was inaccurately labeled by the left as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The entire text of the law, which prohibits students from kindergarten to third grade instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity, does not mention the word “gay”.
A measure that was proposed but did not pass at the Representative Assembly was a motion to support a national policy for mandatory masking and COVID-19 vaccines in schools. The measure was soundly defeated by 84 percent of the delegates.
“Sunshine disinfects the most effectively, so let us get back to the basics,” Justice said. Moms for Liberty works to expose the true nature of the NEA. It makes perfect sense that over half of fourth-graders can’t read .”
proficiently when you look at what it’s really about.
Failing Education System
*) Government statistics indicate that America’s education system has failed. In fact, the longer a child remains in the public school system the less proficient they become in multiple subjects.
Government data for 2019 shows the average fourth grader has a 41 percent proficiency level in mathematics. By the eighth grade, that proficiency level drops to 34 percent. By the twelfth grade, math proficiency is only 24 percent, nearly half of what it was in fourth grade. In reading, fourth graders have an average proficiency rate of 35 percent. By eighth grade, the proficiency level falls to 34 percent, and by the twelfth grade, America’s average student shows only a slight proficiency improvement of 37 percent. In writing, the proficiency levels are 28 percent in fourth grade with eighth and twelfth graders sharing a score of 27 percent.
*) America’s science students are worse off than their counterparts in America. Fourth-graders have only a 36 percent proficiency rate and eighth-graders drop to 35 percent. Twelfth-graders have only a 22 rate of proficiency. The worst scores come in history, with fourth-graders starting out with only 20 percent proficiency and dropping to 15 percent by the eighth grade. By grade 12, America’s students have a paltry 12 percent proficiency level in history.
Numbers from USA Facts show similar results.
“My parents taught me growing up that people should be believed when they can show me who they really are. The NEA certainly has shown Americans who they truly are. Justice elaborated. They care less about teaching and learning in schools .”
than radical, left-leaning extremist ideologies.
Politics and Lobbying
The NEA seems to be more concerned with pushing its agenda than representing its members.
Data compiled by Americans for Fair Treatment shows the NEA spends more on “political activities and lobbying” than it does on “employee benefits” or “representational activities.” According to the April 2022 report, 17.6 percent of the NEA’s spending went to “political activities and lobbying.” According to Open Secrets, the NEA spent $2,720,000 on lobbying in 2021. So far for 2022, the NEA has spent $730,000 on lobbying.
In the meantime, the NEA spent only 15.1 percent on employee benefits and a mere 8.6 percent on representational activity.
While organizations like the NEA cannot contribute directly to candidates and party committees, they get around that by donating through their affiliates, primarily comprised of state and county teachers’ associations like the California Teachers Association and Duval Teachers United.
“They had 6,000 delegates come together at their representative assembly with far left business items being proposed,” Justice noted. “On their website, they say they represent three million members but they also say they represent and advocate for 50 million school children. Many parents tell me that the NEA doesn’t have to advocate for their children. Randi Weingarten stated almost a year ago that CRT wasn’t being taught in American classrooms. You can see on the NEA site how they talk about racism and looking at all things through a racial justice perspective .
“Let’s be clear,” Weingarten, the head of the union, said during an American Federation of Teachers (ATF) conference in July 2021. It’s a way of examining the law that is taught at law school or college. This helps to determine if systemic racism exists, and, in particular whether it affects law and policy. To make the topic toxic, culture warriors label any discussion about race, racism or discrimination CRT. They bully teachers, trying to prevent us teaching accurate history
However, even a rudimentary review of the NEA website proves the NEA’s determination to push CRT tenants like social justice, systemic racism, and preferential treatment for people of color.
Using NBI 63 in the search, a host of topics are shown, including NEA and Racial Justice in Education, explaining how “Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.”
Data Brief: Diversity and Representation in PK-12 Education Administration, explains “the importance of an educator workforce that reflects the diversity of the United States.”
Other pieces: To What Extent Are Ethnic Minority Teacher Candidates Adversely Affected by High-stakes Assessments? , Educators Who Look Like Me, and Recruiting Educators of Color focus entirely on the NEA’s mission to hire teachers based on their skin color rather than on their academic qualifications.
The NEA’s Conference on Racial & Social Justice, held from June 29 to July 1, provided “a unique space for educators, students, parents and families, organizers, community members and leaders to unite for the advancement of Justice in Education.”
The NEA agenda of their Representative Assembly Meeting and Event Schedule for June 14-July 6 included a Conference on Racial and Social Justice scheduled for June 30-July 1.
While looking for proposals for their 2022 NEA National Leadership Summit, the NEA instructed contributors to make sure their ideas would “advance the NEA’s strategic priorities,” including “Racial Justice in Education.”
‘Exposing Liberals for Who They Really Are’
” “It’s just like the Libs of TikTok,” Justice stated. We don’t have to do much except expose them as they are.
Through accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, Libs of TikTok gained over a half-million followers and tens of millions of views in less than a year by doing nothing more than exposing liberals for who they really are by reposting what they share on social media.
According to Justice, the “K-12 Cartel” needs to “focus on teaching children instead of pushing far-left ideology in classrooms. It is time to fight back .”
, she believes.
“Far-left extremists have overthrown the NEA, and Moms for Liberty doesn’t believe that the three million members of the NEA across the nation actually believe in these woke ideologies or radical, far left extremist ideas,” Justice stated. They’re showing their true colors and are desperate. Teachers are asked to speak up, fight back and not to pay dues .”
During her remarks at the NEA 2022 annual meeting Vice President Kamala Harris said to much applause that “this is an historic moment, I think, for the labor movement. Today, unions have their highest approval rating since 1965. Half of non-union workers claim they would be willing to join a union, if offered the opportunity. That is almost 60 million people. Consider .”
While enthusiasm among union members is at its highest point since 1965, it’s only because those who want unions to be in control are still members. In 2018, a ruling by the Supreme Court said workers no longer have to be part of or pay dues to a union or an association in order to keep their jobs. Since that ruling, those who were forced to join and pay union dues have fled and membership has fallen to a record low.
*) The NEA is also experiencing a decline in membership. In 2019, the NEA lost nearly 33,000 more members. In 2020, they lost another 2,553 members. In October 2021, the Education Intelligence Agency reported that “numbers from early 2021 show a decline from an all-time high of 3,234,639 members when Barack Obama was president, to 2,937,366 members, including retirees, a low unseen since 2006. Teacher Freedom.org even provides instructions to teachers on how to cancel their NEA membership. Over the past five years, some state affiliates have lost a fifth or more of their members. Public-workers unions lost nearly 5,000 members in the first year.
Thousands of teachers have already quit, and a February survey released by the NEA itself shows that half of those who remain are also threatening to leave. Justice says that the exodus of teachers is not due to the pressure of the pandemic or low salaries. However, Justice claims the fear and intimidation they are subject to by radical leftists trying to make them conform to their liberal ideology and comply with COVID vaccinations.
The Epoch Times reached the NEA to get comment.
Forcing Teachers Out
A Kansas elementary school teacher was fined $1,000 for quitting over the district’s forced masking policies and the teaching of Critical Race Theory.
Half of the teachers at First Presbyterian Preschool in Tequesta, Florida resigned in August 2021 following the decision to maintain their mandatory forced masking policy for teachers and staff, regardless of their vaccination status.
An English teacher at a top New Jersey prep school quit in June 2021 saying CRT was being used to create a “hostile culture of conformity and fear” by trying to force white and male students to believe they are “oppressors.”
The emotional, public resignation of a Loudoun County, Virginia teacher during a school board meeting in August 3021 went viral. Why? Her reason? She was “just another cog in an unmoving machine” which wanted to promote left-wing policies such as CRT, Transgenderism, and Forced Masking.
Frustrated by mounting opposition from parents to the teaching of CRT in education, Vivett Dukes, an educator, stated that white teachers should be “racist and sexist”, misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic. “… there’s no longer room for you in the proverbial inn,” she wrote for Citizen Education. “Exit stage left. It’s over. Without renewal .”
, your leading role was cancelled.
Giving teachers a voice
” Teachers who are passionate about teaching children feel like they are being taken advantage of and used to run political campaigns. Justice stated that they don’t appreciate this. Justice stated that most of the teachers are passionate about children and started teaching because they want to help them succeed. As a member of a school board, I have served. These teachers have been my colleagues. They exist, I’m sure. The NEA was captured by far-left extremists. They are now foot soldiers for the Biden government. American parents recognize them as what they really are. They are no longer trustworthy. They’ve now shown us their true colors and we trust them .”
with our children.
Justice also stated that Moms for Liberty would do all it could “to give teachers a voice” and to help them feel safe so that they can fight back against the radical ideology of Moms for Liberty that doesn’t support the belief that most American teachers want .”
According to Justice “Parents shouldn’t be concerned that what is being taught in school contradicts what they are teaching at home .”
Asked how she will take on the “K-12 Cartel,” Justice said the plan is simple. Show them who they really are. “Show them for who they are. They lie, parents can see it. We’re sick of seeing our children taken hostage by the unions .
Patricia Tolson, an award-winning national investigative reporter with 20 years of experience, has worked for such news outlets as Yahoo!, U.S. News, and The Tampa Free Press. Patricia Tolson’s extensive investigative reporting on human rights stories, elections policies and parent rights, has been featured in The Epoch Times. Send her your story ideas: [email protected]