Oklahoma's state affiliate of the National Education Association only has 23,451 members, but has nevertheless launched a revenue-grabbing initiative, SQ 744, that will be on the ballot in November. The NEA is giving the local $3 million to promote the measure. Mike Antonucci wrote about it in his Education Intelligence Agency newsletter:

As I demonstrated in my recent article for Education Next, in education there is no such thing as a "weak union state." If there were only three OEA members, NEA could still spend $3 million in Oklahoma. The SQ 744 campaign illustrates better than anything why education labor issues in California, New Jersey and elsewhere affect every state, because that's where the money for Oklahoma's biggest political battle is coming from.

According to figures from the EIA, Michigan has the 7th most NEA members.

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