RALEIGH — An educator association formed earlier this year has taken its organization national. The Carolina Teachers Alliance (CTA) has expanded its operations by launching the “American Teachers Alliance (ATA).”
“We are extending our memberships and benefits nationwide, as an affordable alternative to the large politically charged unions. Many teachers are paying over $1,000 a year in dues to unions whose ideologies they oppose,” said Marshall in a statement.
CTA was formed earlier this year in direct competition to the N.C. Association of Educators, an offshoot of the National Education Association (NEA), one of the two largest teachers’ unions in the country. A press release from CTA President Amy Marshall says that “ATA is an alternative to the politically charged teacher unions.”
“We at ATA hope to unify and empower American educators focused on delivering achievement-driven content designed to improve student performance, so American children may excel academically,” Marshall said. “Also, teachers need to have the freedom to teach patriotism and love of America and should not be forced to deliver non-academic political content. American Teachers Alliance is not just for teachers, but is for all school staff, parents, and community members who want a strong, quality, academics-based education for America’s children.”
Marshall added, “We believe parents are partners, not obstacles.”
ATA will be offering tiered memberships with annual dues ranging from $25 to $300 a year.
According to CTA, any W2 school employee, full or part-time, public or private, pre-K through college, may join and have coverage under their nationwide insurance and legal professional educators’ plan.
American Teachers Alliance is a program of Carolina Teachers Alliance, Inc, a North Carolina non-profit corporation trade association with IRS tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(6).