NC House Targets Funding Of NC Teacher Advocacy Group

North Carolina's leading advocacy group for teachers is facing the prospect of losing its largest source of revenue as the Democrat-backed group faces a hostile Republican legislative leadership.

The state House voted 71-47 on Wednesday to cut off the North Carolina Association of Educators from the ability to have membership dues deducted from teacher paychecks. The group represents about a third of the state's 180,000 schoolhouse workers.

The payroll deductions represent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the teacher's association. NCAE executive director Scott Anderson said at least 80 percent of the group's revenues come from the checkoffs.

The dues cutoff is one in a series of Republicans moves targeting an interest group that has mobilized protests, funded anti-GOP political causes, and pushed lawmakers for better pay and benefits.

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  • by Big D Location: Ayden on Jun 11, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    I want to know where the millions from the lottery are. We were assured that the lottery would carry the schools. VOTE NO ON ALL EDUCATION BUDGETS until you can answer this question.
  • by Principal on Jun 10, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    I am a school administrator and, believe it or not, a Republican. I am not a member of NCAE and pay for my own liability insurance via payroll deduction. I do not, however, support this move by the GOP because it is a direct attack on NCAE because of that group's political support choices. This move is a direct attack on freedom of speech and choice. The GOP's actions, given that this is the only group being disallowed to have the payroll deduction option, are tantamount to a communistic suppression of an individual's rights. I do not support the NCAE's position in many instances but, as the child of a WW2 Veteran who fought against such suppression and dictatorial governments, they do have the right to express their views and support who they feel is the best person for a political position. This is a very strong handed action that truly reeks of "Big Brother". What steps are next if we do not agree with those in power?
  • by Republican on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    When is a "teacher" member of the NCAE going to pompously comment on here that they spend some of their own money in classroom on students as the NCAE instructs all of them to do to allegedly emphasize the State does not budget enough money for schools! Geez, what a crock! That idiotic ploy does not pass the laugh test anymore!
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    I think this law will be challenged on the basis that it singles out one advocacy group. I wouldn't mind seeing all state employees subjected to the same restriction though, as a matter of principle- but I'm not sure what the civic basis would be for the decision.
  • by hmmm on Jun 8, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    For a group of people that claim to be less intrusive as the GOP, they sure like to micromanage more than the Democrats. What a bunch of stupid hypocrites.
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      by Republican on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:22 AM in reply to hmmm
      I love it when Democrats tell Republicans how to be Republican!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    This is a non-issue and just Republicans ticking off an organization that doesn't vote for them. Not taking dues out of paychecks? Easy solution for NCAE - automatic deductions from teacher's bank accounts. Same difference. Can't make a law against that.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:16 AM in reply to
      The heck we can't make a law like that! You just watch!
  • by Reader Location: my computer on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:52 PM
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      by just a teacher on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to Reader
      Explain to me why the NCAE is going to lose revenue because teachers will not have the payroll deduction option-as beryl said, we can still pay by check or even put the dues on plastic. It's not a union, but it does provide teachers with insurance and legal protection.
  • by beryl Location: home on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    NCAE is not a union, and I hope the Republicans keep in mind that 1)Tthey got where they are because of teachers, 2) Teachers vote, 3) We can still pay by check, and you can bet mine is already written!
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      by Reality Dose on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:21 AM in reply to beryl
      Republicans did not get where they are because of teachers. Gee, you teachers are SO self-absorbed! Teachers by and large do not vote for Republicans. Teachers like Democrats because they blindly keep dumping money into a failed "education" system. They blindly vote for NCAE bills like "reducing class size" which was supported by the NCAE because it created more teacher jobs, NOT because it gave "more individual attention to students" ( a LIE).
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    And I read today they are working legilation to do away with "straight party" voting. Sounds like NC is just getting sick up and fed of the stupidy that is dragging things like them yankee states went. GOOD FOR US!
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:34 PM in reply to 250
      Northern states make up less than half of the 16 states where straight-ticket votes are allowed. Why are you lashing out at yankees?
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        by Rebel on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:23 AM in reply to Fact Bringer
        Because it is fun. Don't knock it! Try it!
  • by Fairness on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    If they are going to make it illegal for teachers, they should also make all other association drafts illegal as well. How can they choose only one organization to enforce this rule on? This is discrimination of an entire professional group just because they do not historically vote Republican. The Republican party is making an effort to enforce double standards, picking and choosing the groups they like or don't like.
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      by Republican on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:25 AM in reply to Fairness
      GEE, I wondor where we learned these tricks from? Hmmmm? Maybe from the abuses of the previous power group? You didn't complain when democrats did it; you are a hypocrite!
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