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N.C. Bill Keeps Teachers’ Group From Collecting Dues Via Paychecks

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North Carolina's Republican lawmakers are trying once more to prevent employees’ associations from collecting their members’ dues via payroll deductions.

A bill filed this week would largely affect groups that represent state workers and teachers, like the State Employees Association Of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Educators.

"It's inappropriate for the state to be in the position of collecting dues or other funds for private organizations in the state," said Republican Senator Ralph Hise, who's sponsoring the bill. 
Hise and other Republicans passed a similar bill a few years ago, but a state judge struck it down because it targeted just the North Carolina Association of Educators. Many argued the move was politically motivated and would've cut back the group's revenue stream.
Hise said the new bill does not discriminate, and that it would also eliminate PAC contributions from being collected through state payroll. 
Lawmakers filed several other education-related bills this week, including one that would give school districts more flexibility over school calendars. Democratic legislators also introduced a bill to restore the teaching fellows program, which the Republican-controlled legislature eliminated funding for in 2012. 

Reema Khrais joined WUNC in 2013 to cover education in pre-kindergarten through high school. Previously, she won the prestigious Joan B. Kroc Fellowship. For the fellowship, she spent a year at NPR where she reported nationally, produced on Weekends on All Things Considered and edited on the digital desk. She also spent some time at New York Public Radio as an education reporter, covering the overhaul of vocational schools, the contentious closures of city schools and age-old high school rivalries.
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