Association of American Educators Reacts to Pro-Teacher Legislation HB 1333 Failure in Colorado Senate State Affairs Committee
Alexandria, VA– The Association of American Educators (AAE) joins Colorado state chapter, the Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE), in condemning the failure of Colorado's House Bill 1333, a measure aimed at promoting fairness among union and non-union teachers and their associations. The bill was voted down yesterday in the Senate State Affairs Committee.
"Teachers deserve the right to make informed decisions about association membership," said PACE Membership Director Tim Farmer. "It's a shame that the Senate has chosen to put politics ahead of the interests of hard-working teachers."
Currently in most of Colorado's largest school districts, teachers cannot revoke union membership and pay pricey dues unless they notify the union during 2-3 week window in the fall. House Bill 1333 was written to ensure that teachers be afforded the right to revoke their membership of any association, at any time and for any reason.
"We had hoped that the state would advance this pro-teacher legislation," said AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner. "While we are disappointed that HB 1333 was voted down in the Senate, we are confident that the non-union movement is truly resonating with Colorado's teachers searching for a professional nonpartisan choice. We look forward to continued growth in the state."
HB 1333 passed the House on a Republican Party line vote, 33-32, earlier this week. It was voted down in the Colorado Senate State Affairs committee Thursday.
The Association of American Educators is the largest national, non-union, professional educators' association, offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit aaeteachers.org for further information.