North Carolina Association of Educators – NCAE


The NCAE is the state’s largest teacher’s association – or union since members of NCAE are automatically members of the National Education Association (NEA). Is a political organization that endorses mostly Democrats during election seasons. According to this Civitas blog, NCAE membership is dropping:

“2012-13 was not a good year for NEA or the NEA state affiliate in North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Educators. Nationally NEA lost about 64,000  members and $3.9 million in revenue.  In North Carolina, membership was down 12 percent ,  a loss of almost 6,000 members. Total revenue was also down $1.5 million. The NCAE decline in membership was the second largest in the country, trailing only Wisconsin, which lost a staggering 16,000 members.  The NCAE member loss also exceeded those in more populous states like California (5,611), New Jersey  (5,356) and New York  (3,781). Also worth noting, NCAE closed the year with an operating deficit of  $350,000. Approximately one-third  of all NEA state affiliates ran operating deficits last year.”

In another blog, Bob Luebke, senior policy analyst for Civitas, explains that the NCAE endorsed democrat Roy Cooper for Governor even before candidate filing had ended. The NCAE and Cooper want to paint a picture that public education was better off before the Republicans took over the state legislature in 2010 and the state elected a Republican Governor in 2012. But, Luebke had facts and figures that counter their claims:

“Ten years a go we had a massive dropout problem that only started to improve at the end of the decade. In 2009-10 Democrats – not Republicans — slashed $789 million from the K-12 education budget and $1.1 billion in the general education budget to help deal with the recession. Democrats oversaw significant cuts to public education.  EOG and EOC test results showed too many kids under performing and a persistent achievement gap. Years ago, if you wanted an alternative to the traditional public schools, good luck. The state’s aversion to expanding charter schools produced a waiting list of 40,000 by 2010.”

Luebke also included graphs in his blog that illustrate that funding for public education has increased instead of decreased as the NCAE and Roy Cooper contend.

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