by Felix Perez
UPDATE: NCAE has secured a temporary restraining order blocking this law. Click here to read the latest update.
In today’s Charlotte News & Observer, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue rips the state General Assembly for its cloak-of-darkness vote to strip the North Carolina Association of Educators’ ability to collect dues from its members. NCAE has denounced the maneuver as retribution for their outspoken criticism of the Republican-controlled legislature’s cuts to education funding, which made the state 49th in the nation in per pupil funding and 48th in teacher pay.
“The Republicans in the General Assembly didn’t have the votes to get what they wanted legally,” Perdue said. “So, in the dark of night, they engaged in an unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab. I am saddened for the people of North Carolina that the Republicans abused their power and chose this destructive path.”