Edspresso reports that the NEA doesn't like its own constituents. It's trying to nix a spending bill proposed by Senator Lamar Alexander that requests additional funds for merit pay.
Apparently, the NEA doesn't want specialists and exceptional teachers from receiving pay raises in favor of protecting bad apples. Here's the comical video of the letter the NEA sent to the Senator requesting that he not vote for his own bill.
Giggle. Gotta love those old timey depression era union politics.