NEA’s Becky Pringle pocketed $500,000 while fighting to keep schools closed during COVID-19

The leader of the most prominent teachers’ union in the United States earned more than $500,000 in salaries as the group showered money on liberal causes and fought to keep schools closed during the pandemic, tax forms available to Fox News Digital show were asked.

Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association (NEA), the country’s largest teachers’ union, pocketed $534,243 in compensation from the NEA and its affiliates between September 2020 and August 2021, an increase of $25,000 from the previous one Calendar year, showing latest tax forms.

“Becky Pringle has lined her pockets with over half a million dollars and peddled politics at the expense of a return to personal learning,” said Caitland Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, which provided the tax forms to Fox News Digital.

“Children are still feeling the disastrous effects of prolonged school closures simply because teachers’ union leaders wrote the policies that kept our schools closed,” Sutherland added. “This is politics at its worst.”

Tax filings also show that the NEA has given millions to liberal groups, in addition to giving cash to teachers’ unions.

According to the documents, the NEA sent $200,000 to the Democracy Alliance, a left-wing donor club co-founded by George Soros that helps set the Democratic agenda, and added $100,000 to the Strategic Victory Fund, a non-profit organization founded by Founded in the donor network has strengthened the advanced campaign infrastructure in battleground states.

The NEA also contributed $1.2 million to the State Engagement Fund, which has provided money to dozens of progressive nonprofit organizations and initiatives across the country. The union also donated money to the Center for American Progress, America Votes, Emerging American Majorities, Sixteen Thirty Fund, Voto Latino and Race & Equity in Education, which deals with “anti-racism” efforts.

In addition, NEA funneled $6.1 million to the New Jersey Education Association, making it one of its highest-paying affiliates, tax forms show. This week, the New Jersey Education Association released an addendum calling parents who confront school boards over backlash against critical race and gender theories “extremists.”

As Pringle pocketed the hefty paychecks and the group supported liberal efforts, she and the union fought to keep schools from reopening while quietly working behind the scenes with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on guidance.

Pringle, who was elected NEA president in September 2020, vowed from the start to fight the Trump administration and then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ push to get kids back in the classroom.

During an October 2020 interview with Politico, Pringle said the NEA will call for tight COVID-19-related safety precautions through strikes, protests and sick leave, and will support lawsuits blocking efforts to reopen in red states like Florida, Iowa and Georgia.

Pringle also criticized Republicans at the time for arguing that teachers should be treated as essential workers, stating that the focus should be on improving the quality of distance learning.

“I don’t think it’s any different standing in front of a classroom of 30 students,” she told Chalkbeat in August 2020. “You can’t make that comparison and just say, ‘They’re essential workers, so go back to work.’ They are responsible for the students, their safety and well-being, their learning and their lives.”

Meanwhile, Pringle’s union was working behind the scenes with the CDC to make last-minute changes to guidance for the school’s February 2021 reopening. The NEA and the American Federation of Teachers, the country’s second-largest teachers’ union, received a copy of the guidance before the CDC released it to the public, emails obtained by Americans for Public Trust and made available to Fox News Digital showed became.

First Lady Jill Biden hugs National Education Association President Becky Pringle during the annual meeting of the National Education Association at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, Friday.
Becky Pringle received $534,243 from the NEA, tax forms show.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

In January 2021, just weeks before the CDC released its reopening guidance, a White House official facilitated a meeting between CDC chief Rochelle Walensky and Pringle.

“I’m reaching out to introduce you to Carole Johnson of our Covid team,” Maureen Tracey-Mooney, the President’s special assistant for education, wrote in a Jan. 31, 2021 email to Carrie Pugh, who was then the senior director for campaigns and elections at the NEA.

“She would like to arrange a meeting with Pres. Pringle with her and CDC Director Walensky for tomorrow,” Tracey-Mooney wrote.

Less than an hour later, Johnson responded to an email from Pugh, writing: “We would welcome the opportunity to hear directly from President Pringle and continue to benefit from the insights of the NEA as we work to safely reopen schools. “

The NEA later successfully pressured the CDC to tighten its mask guidelines in May 2021 to indicate that everyone should wear a mask to school regardless of vaccination status.

The NEA did not respond to an email from Fox News Digital regarding Pringle’s salary and the group’s funding of left-wing causes.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to the coverage. NEA’s Becky Pringle pocketed $500,000 while fighting to keep schools closed during COVID-19


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