The National Education Association keeps losing local affiliates and they’re not coming back any time soon.

The Blue Valley Education Association (BVEA), which represents 1,800 staff in Kansas’ fourth largest school district, cut ties with NEA in May 2019. Soon after, the national union created a “new” affiliate, Blue Valley NEA, and petitioned the NLRB for an election in an attempt to regain its lost membership. It didn’t work. BVEA defeated Blue Valley NEA by 904 to 104 in a mail-in ballot election this month.