Education reporter Mike Antonucci has the latest (2014) official National Education Association membership numbers. NEA has lost 10.7 percent of its active members over the past five years—and its state affiliate in Oklahoma has fared even worse.
- OEA had 18,963 active members (employed teachers, professionals, and education support workers) in 2014. That's a 20.9 percent decline over the past five years.
- As for total membership (which includes retirees, students, substitutes, and all others), OEA's 2014 count of 21,291 is a 20.2 percent drop over the past five years.
"With the exceptions of Illinois and Minnesota," Antonucci writes, "it is difficult to find a healthy NEA state affiliate between New England and the Pacific coast."