Photos from NCAE Leadership event include slides on ‘Power’ and membership issues

A closer look at images from a June leadership event posted by the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) on its Flickr page reveal issues maintaining members and a slide on “power.”

The slide below is a bit hard to read, but an enlargement of the image makes the text clear:

POWER
Cannot understand power in the U.S. without understanding:
Race
Class
Gender
History

The image on the right of the slide is apparently a history book.

Raleigh June 24-25, 2021

The annual conference by the NCAE’s parent organization, the NEA, was held in July of this year. At that conference, the NEA pledged to teach social justice, Critical Race Theory, and to use “anti-racist” materials.

Following that conference, dozens of NC teachers signed on to a petition vowing to teach Critical Race Theory and the controversial and historically inaccurate 1619 Project. One of those from NC signing the petition, which was started by the revisionist history organization The Zinn Ed Project, is NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly.

Another image features Wake County NCAE President Kristin Beller. The slide behind her has a bullet point that reads:

“It’s become a lot harder for us to recruit and retain our members and it’s more important than ever to switch up our organizing strategies.”

Raleigh June 24-25, 2021

The NCAE has continually refused to report their membership numbers when asked each year by the N.C. State Auditor. As a result, the auditor has only been able to report on those members using payroll deduction. The numbers have decreased each year.

The most recent audit of membership levels by the state auditor revealed 5,996 payroll membership deductions for the NCAE. That’s down from 6,083 in 2019.

The NCAE’s Vice President Bryan Proffitt was featured in a photo depicting a “two year cycle” of political strategy and activity.

Raleigh June 24-25, 2021

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A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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