Delegates to the union's annual convention, the first week in July in Atlanta, approved the fee at the urging of President Dennis Van Roekel.
They came from every corner of Pennsylvania yesterday, and some from New Jersey and New York.
"We believe all children deserve great schools, and Congress must make the investments so we are ensuring opportunity for all children, not exacerbating current inequities."
Fifty years ago today, two Black students, James Hood and Vivian Malone, walked through the doors of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Thousands of New York unionized teachers and their supporters descended on the state capital in Albany on June 8.
"There is no progress without jobs, and there are no jobs without fiscal responsibility."
Hundreds of teachers and supporters - joined by teachers from other parts of the state - demonstrated in front of the board of education building.
Mayor Bloomberg's anti-worker, anti-union bias again reared its ugly head when he and his DOE appointed head attacked school bus drivers and their union.
Many consider Philadelphia "ground zero" in the fight to save and improve public education and public services.