A state law that prohibits the North Carolina Association of Educators from deducting dues from member’s paychecks is illegal. A judge made that ruling this week. The group’s president Rodney Ellis says the law is unfair because it singles out the teacher’s organization.
“We felt it was as a result of us taking a position of opposition of what was going to be, in our opinion, a budget that would not benefit the students and educators in North Carolina and our schools,” says Ellis.
To prove that, the educators group pointed to the comments of Republican lawmakers who criticized the NCAE during a closed caucus session in June 2011. They had forgotten to turn off the microphones in the room and reporters recorded what they said.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner ruled the law could not be enforced because it targeted the NCAE for its viewpoint.