by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
As usual, the incomparable Mike Antonucci is attending the National Education Association (NEA) Convention. Although he has not obtained state data yet, he does have aggregate figures and projections reported by NEA officials.
According to Antonucci, NEA membership declined for the fifth straight year and NEA officials believe membership will continue to decline through 2016.
The following represents full-time equivalents (FTEs) for both active professionals and education support employees:
2010-11 actual : 2,239,000
2011-12 actual: 2,153,000
2012-13 actual: 2,106,000
2013-14 projected: 2,045,000
2014-15 projected: 2,015,000
2015-16 projected: 1,990,000