Teachers Fleeing NEA; Flocking to Christian Alternative

Teachers flocking to Christian alternative to NEAPete Chagnon - OneNewsNow - 7/24/2009 6:15:00 AM

The Christian Educators Association International says it has seen an increase in enrollment due to some developments in the National Education Association.

About one month ago, the National Education Association (NEA) voted to throw its full support behind homosexual "marriage," and members voted down a resolution calling for the NEA to take a "no-position" stance on abortion. Furthermore, NEA top lawyer Bob Chanin recently berated those within the NEA who hold to traditional conservative values, accusing them of trying to take down the union.

Finn Laursen is the executive director of the Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) -- a lower-costing, conservative alternative to the NEA.

"Quite frankly, our phone has been ringing off the hook as former NEA members want out and are joining us. And the reason many are considering us as an alternative is, first of all, we operate from a Christian worldview," he points out. "And when teachers join us, they get in their memberships...they actually get a million dollar professional liability and legal action protection [insurance]."

Laursen notes that none of the fees associated with CEAI are used in political actions the members do not support. He adds that teachers who have dropped membership with the NEA and signed on with his organization have had no problems getting teaching jobs.