Without majority membership, does FEA speak for FUSD teachers? See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| October 26, 2016

By MacKenzie Chase • Arizona Daily Sun

With political endorsements at stake, who speaks for Flagstaff Unified School District teachers and other employees?

The governing board let a 20-year agreement with the Flagstaff Education Association expire at the end of the 2014-15 school year on a 4-to-1 vote.

“Their membership is low, and I felt that missing direct feedback from that many of our district staff and teachers was coming at the cost of overall district engagement,” Sarah Ells, current board member, explained in an email.

 FEA President Derek Born said that 41 percent of FUSD employees are dues-paying members, which he said is considered high in a right-to-work state although he wishes that number were higher. He also mentioned that in a petition sent out to all schools, between 70 percent and 80 percent of staff said they supported FEA.

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