The Oklahoma Education Association lost 707 members last year, Stacy Martin and Patrick B. McGuigan report over at CapitolBeatOK. Consequently, the union's 2010-2011 dues of $438 are set to rise to $450.
Many OEA members doubtless think a good chunk of their dues money goes to purchase their liability insurance. Think again! "Most of the dollars deducted from teachers' paychecks," says education reporter Mike Antonucci, "are inserted into the paychecks of someone else." Someone else like the OEA staffer who pocketed a cool $229,768.