Perdue Vetoes Bill Punishing NC Teacher Group

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has vetoed a bill that strips the revenue stream from the state's largest teachers' advocacy group.

The Democratic governor said Saturday it's the seventh time this year she's blocking legislation passed by the Republican-run General Assembly.

Republican legislators singled out the Democrat-friendly North Carolina Association of Educators to stop it from deducting membership dues from paychecks.

Republican leaders say the cutoff of dues was not an attack on teachers. They say it was a move against the political activity of the group's leadership against GOP causes.

Mecklenburg County Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis calls the group a "political machine for the left."

Perdue says she vetoed the legislation because it tries to punish a group that opposed the Republican budget, which included education spending cuts.


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  • by Leslie Location: Pitt County on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    To Registered Nurse, I have been in education for 27 years and have NEVER been forced to join the NCAE. Membership to the NCAE is voluntary. No money is taken out of a paycheck unless the teacher signs a piece of paper indicating membership. I do so for legal protection. NCAE works for all educators- Democrat and Republican.
  • by ms 6k Location: grreenville on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    Gee, what happened to the part about it is my paycheck? NCAE membership is optional and if I choose to join or not- the only reason NC's Republican House is concerned is because they are anti union. “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”(Benjamin Franklin)
  • by registered nurse Location: enc on Jun 19, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    My mom was a special education teacher in the Cincinnati public school system for nearly 25 years. As a single mother of four children, it really chapped her hide that she was forced to pay her hard earned $$$$ as mandatory dues to the NEA, while the NEA supported liberal policies and positions that were abhorrent to her. I am a registered nurse, and I refuse to join the ANA (American Nurses Association) for the same reasons. The ANA, just like the NEA, is liberal to the hilt and does not represent my viewpoints on important issues, such as Obama's disastrous health care legislation.
  • by teacher on Jun 19, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    I am a teacher and a republican. I am also a member of the NCAE. I hoined for the legal protection. That is it. I do not agree with most of their political beliefs. I do not however agree with stopping us for having a pay roll deduction for it. What it the difference in paying the United Way and other organizations. There is no difference. Let the people choose what they want to do.
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      by Me too on Jun 19, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to teacher
      I agree completely. I would not even think about entering the classroom without the legal protection that NCAE offers. One lie from one child could take everything a teacher has worked 25 years to save in attorney fees. NCAE offers protection to any teacher in NC no matter what their political concerns.
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        by registered nurse on Jun 19, 2011 at 03:12 PM in reply to Me too
        Can you get your professional liability insurance from another source than the NCAE? As an RN, I purchase my personal professional liability insurance from NSO (Nurses Service Organization) for $100 plus a little change per year.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    The Greedy Old People hate public education. There is nothing worse for them than an educated public who can see them for the fascists they are. Better for them to keep everybody stupid and poor. That way they can feed them that Fixed News propaganda and tell them how good they have it and how lucky they are to work in a "right to work for less" state. And if you DO speak up well then you are a filthy unpatriotic liberal. Right Repugs? Besides the wealthy send their kids to private schools so they don't have to mix with common people
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      by wow.. on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to Barlow
      im pretty conservative, but one thing i support fully is public education. one thing i do NOT support is something that touts itself as 'for everyone' and does not disclose its support of the democratic party. thats sneaky, dont you think? being a conservative person, i do not appreciate these tactics from democrats OR republicans. they both do it.
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        by dear wow on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:15 PM in reply to wow..
        Don't many professional organiztions like ones for police and law enforcement also endorse candidates? The answer is yes. They are not sneaky about it. They put it in their commercials.
  • by Wondering on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    What will the republicans do when they ruin public education? So many children have no other choice and so many teachers work hard to help improve their lives and give opportunities that these children would not have otherwise. Most of the people can't afford to send their children to the "Mary Baldwins, St. Peters, St. Marys, and John Doe Academies of the world. Our teachers perform a valuable service. Why do republicans resent them? Is it because teachers do not put money directly into the fat bank accounts of top ranking CEO's who are undoubtgedly Republicans? You can't take your money with you and you are all well on the way to your last breath as is every living person. Why not try to be loving and giving, sharing your wealth. Stop the hating.
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      by Funny on Jun 19, 2011 at 09:14 AM in reply to Wondering
      You state "Stop the Hating," but it sounds as if you hate private schools and republicans. Do you think Bev's kids went to public schools? Bev's kids attended private schools, guess she doesn't have much confidence in the public school system either. Bev is the using the teachers and the NCAE for one thing - VOTES!!
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        by public on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to Funny
        i went to public school with bev's son garrett. for at least a year. i mean he did hang with only the rich kids, but high school is like that.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:57 PM in reply to Funny
        Isn't it true that Republicans are the ones attacking so many different facets of public education? What do they suggest as alternatives? I don't hate private schools, in fact I wish all kids had that option. Vouchers may be the answer to giving this option to all students. In case you aren't aware, vouchers are a Republican sponsored idea. I don't hate anyone but I am able to follow the actions of groups and discern their intent. I actually never gave a thought to where the governor's children went to school. Most of our elected officials can afford to send their children to private schools. They are to be commended then, when they support the public education system to which so many others have access.
  • by in a word on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    the word 'punishing' is inflammatory and insinuates someones opinion.
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        by Greenville viewer on Jun 19, 2011 at 04:52 AM in reply to Fact Bringer
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          by witn viewer on Jun 19, 2011 at 07:44 AM in reply to Greenville viewer
          Why are you on this site if you feel this way?
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      by Hmmm? on Jun 19, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to in a word
      What word would you use instead of punishing? With all the more pressing problems that our state faces, in your opinion why did or legislators waste time writing, discussing, and voting on this bill?
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      by Callin' Bluffs on Jun 19, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to in a word
      Remember when the Republicans were caught with an open microphone in their private meeting? They themselves said the bill was to make the teachers angry. "Punishing" is an entirely accurate word for this petty waste of time at the taxpayers' expense.
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        by Fact Bringer on Jun 20, 2011 at 08:03 AM in reply to Callin' Bluffs
        Where can I read about this? Can you post a link?
  • by keep it safe! on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    its a democrat oriented organization, so of course its going to be safe from cuts! teachers JOBS can get cut, but NOT the jobs of the NCAE big wigs!
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    I disapprove of this bill because it singles out one advocacy group. What a ridiculous premise. They should do this with all groups in all state employee categories, or none.
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      by Robert on Jun 19, 2011 at 07:31 AM in reply to Fact Bringer
      You are saying they should be equal just like when teachers received a bigger pay raise than regular state employees. That type of fairness?
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        by Fact Bringer on Jun 20, 2011 at 08:05 AM in reply to Robert
        I think they should all be equal, yes. I would be very much against teachers getting a bigger pay raise than other state employees, particularly professional ones. For instance, when teachers are on average are slightly below a master's degree level, then you also have social workers, vocational rehabilitation, HR professionals, nurses, and others with similar levels of training foregoing raises, that is unfair as well. Singling out teachers in either direction is ridiculous in my opinion.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    how does this punish the group... people can still donate... it just wont be the state that collects the dues.... no other union gets help from the state in collecting dues... nice job of objective journalism
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      by Me on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:57 PM in reply to
      Just so you know there is one other organization that the state allow dues to be deducted, SEANC dues are deducted from state employee's pay check
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        by Fact Bringer on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:51 PM in reply to Me
        Then SEANC should be included in the bill, which should be general instead of specific.
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