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August 10, 2014
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

National Employee Freedom Week: Association of American Educators Spearheads National Campaign to Promote Teacher Freedoms

Alexandria, VA–Today, the Association of American Educators (AAE) joins with 79 partner organizations to celebrate National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), a national campaign to promote employee rights of association.

Co-created by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), NEFW is a national effort to inform union employees about the freedoms they have to opt out of union membership and let them make the decision that's best for them. Often that choice is freeing themselves from union membership, becoming an agency fee payer, or identifying as a religious/conscientious objector.

NEFW is a national campaign with 79 partner organizations in 44 states across the nation.

To celebrate, the Association of American Educators will be sharing information with educators and stakeholders across the country. This nationwide effort will promote informed decision making and empower educators so that they can select an association that best matches their budget and beliefs.

"We are so proud to be associated with National Employee Freedom Week," stated AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner. "AAE believes that teachers, as college-educated professionals, can and will make choices that reflect their beliefs. This pro-teacher movement is a step in the right direction for teacher rights. We must trust our educators to make informed choices."

AAE and our state chapters have all endorsed this empowering week. More information is available at

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. 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. Visit for further information.