Holly Koerber: NCAE stances may not reflect all members’ views

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As the political season heats up, so does the rhetoric surrounding the issues of education. As I watch the alliances form, I recognize more and more that the associations that supposedly represent those employed in education do not operate as many other professional associations do. Professional organizations as a whole recognize that they have very diverse members within the profession and as such, will have diverse political and religious views. They meticulously avoid blatantly partisan gratuitous statements as it is not their purpose to persuade people to particular philosophical views about governing, but rather to more narrowly focus on the cause of the profession itself.

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A rose by any other name...

You require dues payment and you lobby for your organization to increase in money and benefits. While we may be a right to work state you have to be seriously lacking in common sense to argue that NCAE is not a union. That is like saying there are no trees ahead but a forest is.

NCAE

NCAE has been at the forefront of promoting civil and human rights of educators and children since 1874. Our history of advocacy is enviable and yet we are quickly moving into a new paradigm shift to demonstrate that as an association, we are truly a culture of organizing even in this challenging political climate. NCAE’s successes in the Legislature predates all others and this is why we are disliked by many like Ms. Koerber. Because of NCAE’s rallying cry, we are making progress in organizing school personnel to stand up for children and public education. Never have I seen school personnel including Superintendents, their school boards, administrators, teachers and support personnel be so united together against recently passed legislation. Just look at the number of school boards who are making resolutions against teachers losing due process. And you know, the public is not happy either with what the Legislators are doing either. One Voice, we do believe we are doing what is right for children and public education. We will continue to speak out for public education. Ms. Koerber, the only people we have demonized are those who are trying to dismantle public education. And Mr. Lehmann, do you usually call people liars when you disagree with them. If you do not believe that unions are outlawed in NC, look it up.

june443

If you don't think Hillary and BHO are liars, I guess that goes a long way in explaining your mindless lockstep support of your union, the NCAE. I know very well NC is a right to work state. However, the NCAE sure smells like a union to me. Good luck in convincing the public otherwise.

Mr. Lehmann is Angry!

Mr. Lehmann, you appear to be angry man. You do not want teachers and school personnel adequately compensated for the work that they do for our children. How can we be a Union in a right to work state? Oh, it's in your mind. You believe whatever you want to believe. Again, you are an angry man.

Mr. Lehmann is Angry!

Mr. Lehmann, you appear to be angry man. You do not want teachers and school personnel adequately compensated for the work that they do for our children. How can we be a Union in a right to work state? Oh, it's in your mind. You believe whatever you want to believe. Again, you are an angry man.

june443

If you don't think Hillary and BHO are liars, I guess it goes a long way in explaining your mindless lockstep support of your union, the NCAE. I know very well NC is a right to work state. However, the NCAE sure smells like a union to me. Good luck in convincing the public otherwise.

good article Ms Koerber

to the point and well put.

NCAE is not a Union!

The North Carolina Association of Educators has been at the forefront of promoting civil and human rights of educators and children since 1874. Our history of advocacy is enviable and yet we are quickly moving into a new paradigm shift to demonstrate that as an association, we are truly a culture of organizing even in this challenging political climate. NCAE's success in the Legislature predates all other newcomer organizations. In this State, we are not a union. Unions were outlawed in this State.

It's not a union?

Right, and Hillary and BHO are not liars. Sure seems like a union to me. I'm glad I'm not a member.

George W. Bush Was the Liar!

George W. Bush was the last liar in the White House. Remember the weapons of mass destruction Lehmann. Of course you do.

Glad you are not a member

I am glad you are not a member either

Quoting from the Wall Street

Quoting from the Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303644004577520841038165770 "What do the American Ireland Fund, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network have in common? All have received some of the more than $330 million that America's two largest teachers unions spent in the past five years on outside causes, political campaigns, lobbying and issue education. The contributions—totaling more than $200 million from the National Education Association and more than $130 million from the American Federation of Teachers—were disclosed in annual reports that unions file with the Labor Department detailing their spending on political activities and advocacy work, as well as separate political-action-committee filings." " Additional millions went to PACs that donate almost entirely to Democratic candidates and committees. Dozens of other organizations that promote a range of issues—women's rights groups, organizations backing African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American civil rights, and think tanks producing pro-union economic studies—also received money, according to a review of the documents by The Wall Street Journal. Some of the contributions provide indirect political benefit to the unions, by fostering allies among progressive groups. This has helped give teachers widespread political clout on Capitol Hill and in statehouses, and has made them nearly indispensable to the Democratic Party." Also "The NEA's advocacy center director, Kim Anderson, said, "Since 1857, the NEA has had a proud history of advocating for social justice and developing programs to help children, the poor and marginalized, and American workers—long before we ever got involved in politics." Susan Lemmo, an NEA member of 22 years from Pennsylvania, said, "As a parent and a teacher, I care about social-justice issues." Not all teachers agree with some of the political stances. A handful of former and current NEA members who picketed last week's convention in Washington said union donations to groups that support abortion rights and gay-and-lesbian rights violate their faith. They have asked for religious "accommodation" that steers their dues to other charitable organizations, said Judy Bruns, a former teacher from Ohio who had been active in the NEA." What should be obvious to all is that the NCAE is, like other unions, completely committed to the progressive wing of the Democratic party.

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