Leave NCAE: Top reasons why you should cancel your North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) membership

[John Locke Foundation

1. NCAE has failed to serve you well

NCAE claims it empowers teachers and support staff to be better advocates and employees. NCAE employs a staff of full-time executives, community organizers, and lobbyists in Raleigh whose sole mission is to protect public educators and public education. Yet by every measure, NCAE has failed its members.

Further, the NCAE’s lobbying efforts do not appear to be in the interests of students or teachers but the interests of politicians. Despite repeatedly calling for teacher pay raises, the leadership of the NCAE has supported (see here and here) Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes of state budgets with pay raises – once going so far as to appear at the veto press conference.

2. NCAE plays politics with your money

The NCAE PAC and the NEA collect contributions from association members and use these contributions for political purposes.  The pattern of NEA and NCAE contributions to candidates fails to reflect the diversity of views the leadership claims the organization represents. NCAE political endorsements and contributions are not distributed evenly across political parties. According to OpenSecrets.org, 96% of NEA political contributions during the 2020 election cycle went to candidates of one political party.

3. North Carolina already provides employees with free liability insurance

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North Carolina state law automatically provides public and charter schools employees with comprehensive professional liability insurance of up to $1 million at no cost to the employee. Teachers and other school staff no longer need the NCAE.

How to cancel a North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) membership

No teacher in North Carolina is required to join the NCAE. However, once you do, you have the right to opt-out of membership for the upcoming school year. The deadline is September 30.

To opt-out, members must email, fax, or mail that request in writing to Rose Deleon, Membership Processing Technician and Janice Wedel, Membership Processing Technician.

Be sure to request confirmation that your membership has been canceled and that the NCAE will cease collection of dues.

Email (recommended): rose.deleon@ncae.org and janice.wedel@ncae.org

Fax: 919-829-1626

Mail: 700 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

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