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Teacher’s Union about Power First

At the last school board meeting, a Rutherford Students First (RSF) representative said that a primary problem in Rutherford County Schools (RCS) is that the teacher’s union had become the dominant voice in driving RCS policies, far more than individual parents–who are easily dismissed and ignored. It’s a primary reason our organization has formed, to give parents a united voice for our special interest–our kids.

Over the coming months, we are going to highlight the National Education Association (NEA), America’s largest union, which many teachers in Rutherford County have chosen to join and fund through their state affiliate the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and local chapter, Rutherford Education Association (REA).

To be clear, RCS teachers willingly join this union and willingly fund their activities. Around 1 in 5 RCS teachers have made the decision to support this organization. No one is required to join this group.

As we share their activity, we will do our very best to use only their words, websites, and resources to explain what they believe and support.

To that end, let’s begin with a video from an NEA national convention where a speaker received a standing ovation from NEA leadership and members discussing why the NEA is so effective.