*This post has been updated at the bottom.*
From 2010 to 2011, as teachers were being laid off or having their salaries frozen due to strained (or busted) school budgets, NEA Executive Director John Wilson saw his pay increase more than $100,000--to a whopping $492,484.00 in total compensation. NEA's President, Dennis Van Roekel wasn't as fortunate. In 2011, he only brought raked in $460,060.00 in total compensation. These are but two of the executives that run the nation's largest teachers union. Yet, there are many more at the NEA who collect six-figure salaries paid for the dues taken from teachers who are paid by taxpayers.
America's education system has become nothing more than a political-public education scheme--a machine, if you will--that is fleecing taxpayers while robbing children of a better education and life.
For those public-education "graduates" who may still have trouble with reading comprehension, a new video co-produced by ReasonTV and the Moving Picture Institute brilliantly captures the problem and why it's time to break the political-education machine.
* Update: Based on some of the comments below regarding Conservatives who join public teachers unions--especially those in Right-to-Work states--for the "protection" against a "vindictive" parent or child, there is an alternative. It is called the Association of American Educators. AAE does provide Member Benefits, including liability insurance.
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Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)