Finn Laursen, CEAI Executive Director.
The Wisconsin recall election was a victory for both the policies of Gov. Walker and for education. Act 10 that had been passed into law under Gov. Walker eliminated forced unionism, stopped forced payroll deductions, and limited the ability of public unions to coerce public officials into granting unaffordable and unsustainable benefits.
Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) has reached out to thousands of educators in the state of Wisconsin impacted by the new controversial legislation under Governor Walker called Act 10. Unions had couched the legislation as anti-teacher, but CEAI clarified via thousands of postcards sent to the homes of educators that Act 10 provided them with free choice that educators in other states have has for years: freedom to choose where they will receive professional liability and legal job action protection.
CEAI informed educators that they could join CEAI for a fraction of the cost of the unions and receive professional liability and legal job action protection along with many resources from a Biblical world view. They could even join online at www.ceai.org and make monthly payments as an option.
As thousands of Wisconsin educators learned they could take a closer look at what unions really offered at http://www.ceai.org/a-closer-look.html , could connect with the WI State Director at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call the toll free number at the CEAI Membership Service Center at 888-798-1124, most received the information as something positive to consider. However, some teachers had consumed the “Union Kool-Aid” and responded with threatening obscene phone calls.
The recent failure to recall Governor Walker fueled by the unions underscores that the citizens of Wisconsin are no longer willing to be driven by union demands.
The landscape for teacher unions is changing across the nation as the economy is challenged, student performance continues to drop, and unions have positioned themselves as roadblocks to reform ignoring the needs of students. As teachers are looking for alternatives that do not support anti-family agendas without giving up the potential of legal support as needed, CEAI has become the choice of many within the Christian community.
The Wisconsin recall election was a victory for teachers, students and education.
Finn Laursen is Executive Director of Christian Educators Association International. CEAI (www.ceai.org ) is a professional association for Christian Educators in both the public and private schools. Most of its members are in public schools and they are, in fact, the only association specifically serving Christian Educators in our public schools and have done so since 1953. Their focus is to encourage, equip, and empower Christian Educators to make a positive impact in the schools where they serve.
Prior to taking the helm of Christian Educators, Mr. Laursen was a public school educator in Ohio for 32 years: teacher, middle school & high school counselor, middle school & high school assistant principal, high school principal, and the last 11 years public school superintendent.