State education group chooses new director

Posted by Lynn Bonner on March 20, 2014 

The N.C. Association of Educators went out of state to find a new executive director, picking Rachelle Johnson from Ohio to lead the organization.

Johnson works for the Ohio Education Association as its assistant executive director for programs.

NCAE, once a political powerhouse in Raleigh, has suffered numerous setbacks in recent years. It has two lawsuits going – fighting laws that phase-out teacher tenure and set up a voucher program to give parents taxpayer money to send their children to private schools.

Average teacher pay in the state has dropped to 46th in the nation, and the average pay for new teachers is 48th, according to the National Association of Educators.

The organization has been without a permanent leader for months. Former executive director Scott Anderson left last summer to lead a nonprofit that supports state-based progressive political networks.

In a text message, NCAE President Rodney Ellis said Johnson’s hiring was not yet official and he would reserve comment until “the process is complete.”

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