by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Mike Antonucci recently reported 2012-13 membership figures for state affiliates of the National Education Association, including the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).
The NCAE had one of the largest membership declines of any NEA affiliate in the nation. Since 2008-09, active NCAE membership dropped by over 38 percent. Total membership, which includes retirees, students, substitutes and others, declined by nearly 30 percent. Only Wisconsin and Arizona affiliates had larger decreases in active and total membership.
According to Antonucci, the NCAE had around 29,600 active members and over 43,000 total members last year.