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Illinois Educators: You Have Rights and Options

AAE believes every educator should make an informed, active, and voluntary choice regarding association membership--and we look forward to serving you if you choose AAE.

AAE serves teachers, professors, paraprofessionals, classified staff, and administrators in all fifty states. Most AAE members are public school educators who were tired of the partisan politics, high dues, negativity, and underwhelming service of the other associations. Listen to AAE members describe their love of teaching in this video and why AAE is right for them:


AAE Professional Membership includes:

  • $2,000,000 liability insurance policy--peace of mind letting you focus on your students
  • Employment rights coverage--attorneys when your job is threatened
  • Defense against lawsuits--including $35,000 in defense coverage to protect your license!
  • Professional resources, quality newsletters, and genuine advocacy
  • Membership surveys amplifying your voice and your perspective
  • Discounts on insurance policies, shopping, and more
  • $60,000 of no-cost life insurance for two years for eligible* new members (*59 and younger, all states except NV, OR, SD, & VT)
  • Absolutely no partisan politics, election spending, campaigns, or political candidates

All for only $19.50/month

you can sign up today online

Join today, it is fast and easy. Also, there are no complicated "opt out" provisions or deadlines to exit if you ever change your mind.

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Need to opt out of another membership before joining AAE? is a resource to help you explore your rights and navigate the union opt-out process.
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Prefer to speak to someone on the phone?

Our membership services specialists are available at 1-800-704-7799 and would be happy to answer your questions or process your membership application.

Not sure if you are ready to join today?

Here are a few links on our website that could be helpful in making a decision: