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.