The AFTies are justifiably pissed about this Ed Week story. But, the problem is more the inflammatory headline than the analysis itself (although it seems a little unfair to AFT head Ed McElroy who shouldn’t be held accountable for not doing things that he wasn’t brought in to do in the first place. Best I can tell he’s doing a good job at what he was supposed to do during a transitional period.)
My take would be that on a per-capita basis, meaning relative to the geopgraphic presence of the two unions, the AFT is the more effective of the two. And my sense is that they’re regarded as more serious about school reform, I know I think that. And, my unscientific sample of bitching from Hill staffers indicates that the AFT frustrates Hill aides a lot less than the NEA.