North Carolina legislators continue to look the other way as state government continues to provide free administrative services to a private entity, even when the organization fails to comply with state law. That’s the case with the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). The state continues to withdraw employee professional dues for over 7,300 NCAE members and have the money placed in NCAE accounts. General Statutes 143B-426A(g) declares that such services should only be provided for organizations whose members total 40,000 or more, and then only after membership has been certified by the State Auditor.
Last year the State Auditor could not certify the numbers because NCAE refused to provide membership information. Earlier today the State Auditor released this year’s report saying – again — that their office was unable to verify membership count since NCAE refused to provide membership numbers.
Why does the Legislature ignore those who flaunt their disobedience of the law? Furthermore, what compelling reason is there why the state should provide administrative services to private organizations? In this case, the actions clearly constitute an illegal benefit to an organization whose mission is to advocate for the interests of educators and staff – and not the interests of students or the people of North Carolina.