From EAG News:
NEW YORK – A new website backed by television anchor turned education reformer Campbell Brown is highlighting teacher union spending on lavish accommodations, luxury travel, and other extravagances.
The website “The Seventy Four” – a reference to America’s 74 million student population – reviewed financial documents filed with the U.S. Labor Department between 2011 and 2014 by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, the nation’s two largest teachers unions.
A resulting report details how the AFT spent “more than $1.3 million on luxury hotels, more than $300,000 on foreign travel and an eye-popping $59,368 on car services” at a time when the average teacher salary barely cracks $50,000.
The NEA also spent a lot on seemingly unnecessary expenses – from $2.2 million in travel to lavish resorts to $15,000 in “entertainment” costs – during the same time frame.
According to the site:
In one year alone, between July 2013 and June 2014, the AFT spent $63,795 on Air France, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Air New Zealand and EVA Airways, the Taiwanese international airline, according to the union’s financial records.
In previous years, the union has spent thousands to fly on Air Canada, Korean Airlines, Thai Airways and South African Airway, and to book lodging at such international properties as the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel In Tokyo, Japan and Hotel Kamp Helsinki in Finland among others. …
Between July 2011 and June 2012, the union spent nearly $10,000 at the Rosewood London, a restored Edwardian mansion which…