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Anti-union watchdog: IEA membership drops sharply

Teachers’ union membership in Idaho declined by nearly one-fifth from 2008-09 to 2011-12 — one of the steepest declines in the nation.

These numbers come from the Education Intelligence Agency, an anti-union watchdog group, and were published Monday.

According to the Education Intelligence Agency’s report, the National Education Association had 9,577 active members in Idaho, down 14.3 percent from 2010-11 and 17.7 percent from 2008-09. Only three states — Arizona, North Carolina and Wisconsin — saw a sharper dropoff over that three-year period.

Penni Cyr
Penni Cyr, Idaho Education Association

The Idaho Education Association neither confirmed nor denied the reported drop in membership. IEA President Penni Cyr said union membership in Idaho and nationwide “may be reflective of shifting political priorities and economic circumstances.”

For more details, here’s my full story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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