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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything to join the Movement?

No. Membership in the Movement is free.

Do I have to leave the union to join the Movement?

No, and in fact you don’t have to leave the union even if you choose to become a CEAI member with coverage.

Must a school remove the Bible from the school library?

No. Inclusion of a Bible in a school library is appropriate. Indeed, one federal court ordered a school to put a Bible back onto school library shelves, stating that “it is inconceivable that the Bible should be excluded from a school library.” The court concluded that “[t]he Establishment Clause does not require that religious books be removed from the shelves of school libraries.”

May students include religious expression in their assignments, artwork, etc.?

Yes. The DOE guidance letter specifically states:

Students assignments: Students may express their beliefs about religion in the form of homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free of discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions. Such home and classroom work should be judged by ordinary academic standards of substance and relevance, and against other legitimate pedagogical concerns identified by the school.

A federal appellate court upheld a school policy that protected “[student-initiated expressions to questions or assignments which reflect their beliefs or non-beliefs about a religious theme.” The policy protected students’ religious expression of belief or non-belief in “compositions, art forms, music, speech and debate.”
A handful of court decisions have failed to protect this right of students to freedom of expression. Those decisions do not affect the ability of teachers to respect, in an objective manner, the religious expression of their students, Even those decisions did not require a teacher to censor students’ religious expression.

May a music teacher include religious music in choral programs?

Yes, religious music may be taught if it is “presented objectively as part of a secular program of education”. For example, a choral program may include Christmas carols and other religious music. Students may be given the opportunity to perform “a full range of music, poetry and drama that is likely to be of interest to the students and their audience.

A federal appellate court has explained that “to allow students only to study and not to perform religious art, literature and music when such works have developed an independent secular and artistic significance would give students a truncated view of our culture”. The religious content of the programs must be “presented objectively as part of a secular program of education..” While allowing the inclusion of Christmas carols in school programs, the same court noted that an elementary school program could not include a “Christmas quiz” in which the students responded as a group to questions by the teacher regarding the Christmas story.

Two other federal appellate courts have allowed choirs to sing religious songs. One federal appellate court expressly permitted a school choir to have a religious song as its theme song because legitimate secular reasons existed for maintaining it as the theme song. The court wrote:

“Indeed, to forbid [the school district] from having a theme song that is religious would force [the school district] to disqualify the majority of appropriate choral music simply because it is religious. Within the world of choral music, such a restriction would require hostility, not neutrality, toward religion… A position of neutrality towards religion must allow choir directors to recognize the fact that most choral music is religious. Limiting the number of times a religious piece of music can be sung is tantamount to censorship and does not send students a message of neutrality.”

Another federal appellate court rejected a student’s lawsuit that challenged, as an Establishment Clause violation, the number of religious songs performed by a high school choir, including several written by contemporary composers. The choir performed secular songs as well. The court noted:

“Any choral curriculum designed to expose students to the full array of vocal music culture… can be expected to reflect a significant number of religious songs. Moreover, a vocal music instructor would be expected to select any particular piece of sacred choral music, like any particular piece of secular choral music, in part for its unique qualities useful to teach a variety of vocal music skills (i.e. sight reading, intonation, harmonization, expression).”

The court also rejected the student’s challenge to choir performances at religious sites, such as churches. The court determined that a choir director could wish to use churches or other religious sites because they might be “acoustically superior to high school auditoriums or gymnasiums” and would give the teacher an opportunity to “showcase his choir to the general public in an atmosphere conducive to the performance of serious choral music.”

A federal district court prohibited a school secretary from leading a Gospel Choir that met on school grounds immediately after school as a student extracurricular group. If the school secretary wanted to continue to participate in the choir’s practices on school campus immediately after school, the choir would have to change its repertoire to include songs that had no religious references, although it could continue also to sing religious songs. The choir sang at school assemblies and at community events, including at churches.

May a teacher include religious references in correspondence with other teachers?

The First Amendment should protect the right of teachers to express their personal viewpoints on religion in conversations and written communication with other teachers just as they may express their personal viewpoints on a variety of topics.

Can I be confident CEAI coverage will protect me if my district challenges me?

members’ legal protection comes through an insurance policy in their name which guarantees the benefits promised.

How can I be sure CEAI does not support political agenda I do not support?

CEAI is a religious non-profit and by the nature of its incorporation, cannot support any political candidates or issues. We allow our members to think for themselves and personally invest if they so choose.

If I do not join my local union who will negotiate for me?

Your local union represents both members and non-members; they continue to negotiate for you.

If I join CEAI what legal protection do I receive?

Unlimited Legal Consultation
CEAI members receive unlimited legal consultation with CEAI staff attorneys.

$2 Million Professional Liability
If a member is sued for covered activities in the line of duty, they receive unlimited legal defense, and up to $2,000,000 to pay legal damages awarded in a suit.

Job Action Protection
In the case of a job action against a member by a school district, like termination, suspension, or reduction in pay, CEAI members can have fees covered per the terms of the policy for local legal representation by a lawyer of their choice (CEAI can often provide a referral). Subject to policy limits, coverage could be applied toward a variety of legal services, such as local consultation, being represented at a district hearing, or if warranted being represented in court.

Go to https:///ftj.com/ceai for details and to view the insurance certificate.

What are CEAI’s Core Values and Statement of Faith?

Our Core Values

• Love • Unity
• Biblical Knowledge • Truth
• Respect • Forgiveness
• Integrity • Faith
• Prayer • Servanthood
• Patience • Joy
• Self-control • Professional Excellence

Our Statement of Faith We believe in: 
• One God eternally existent in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
• The Bible as the inspired Word of God.
• Christ, the Son of God, His virgin birth, His miracles, His vicarious atoning death for our sins, His bodily resurrection and His return.
• The need and reality of spiritual conversion by the Holy Spirit through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
• The ministry of the Holy Spirit Who enables us to live a godly life.

What is CEAI’s Vision and Mission Statements?

Our Vision
God’s Love and Truth transforming our schools.

Our Mission
To Encourage, Equip and Empower Educators according to Biblical Principles
• Proclaim God’s Word as the source of wisdom and knowledge
• Portray teaching as a God given calling and ministry
• Promote educational excellence as an expression of Christian commitment
• Preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage and values through education
• Promote the legal rights of Christians in public schools
• Provide a forum on educational issues with a Christian world view
• Partner with churches, parachurch organizations, educational institutions and parents
• Provide resources and benefits for educators including professional liability insurance

What happens to all the insurance products I can buy from my union if I leave?

Most insurance products are purchased directly from insurance agencies and are not cancelled when you leave the union, but CEAI makes available many insurance products at a reduced rate as well.

What makes CEAI unique from other educational organizations I could join?

CEAI is the only professional association specifically serving Christian educators in public and private school in every state and on military bases around the world for over 60 years. All services and resources come from a Biblical worldview.

Does the NEA's Liberal, Political Stance Represent You?

Throughout the 1900s up to the present time, NEA positions have promoted social change from a liberal stance.  Beginning in the 1960s, NEA began a progression of increased political activity.  Government reports today show NEA as one of the top contributors to political campaigns and initiatives across America.

Power, Not Children: For over 40 years, Robert Chanin was General Counsel for the NEA and represented the NEA’s beliefs and agendas in many court cases, even at the Supreme Court level.  His views reflect the NEA’s views. In the 2009 NEA Representative Assembly, Mr. Chanin remarked in his retirement address about the NEA’s liberal stance:

“And that brings me to my final and most important-point, which is why, at least in my opinion, NEA and its affiliates are such effective advocates. NEA is effective due to its power, not because of caring about children. Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas.  It is not because of the merit of our positions.  It is not because we care about children. And it is not because we have a vision of a “great public school for every child.”

NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.”

Download NEA Robert Chanin Speaks On Power (PDF)

Denigrating Conservatism:In the same address to members, Mr. Chanin states his thoughts on conservative organizations that many Christians hold in high regard:

“During the Bush administration, for example, NEA was audited by the Internal Revenue Service, repeatedly.   It was investigated by the Department of Labor.  And it was called a “terrorist organization” by the Secretary of Education.

Now that the Bush administration is history, that type of governmental harassment will stop, but attacks by conservative and right-wing groups will continue unabated.  The Landmark Legal Foundation will continue to file charges alleging that we have violated election campaign law.  The Right to Work Committee NEA’s liberal agenda is constantly being challenged by respected conservative and Christian organizationswill continue to file lawsuits accusing us of misusing agency fees.  The Heritage Foundation will continue to contend that we are guilty of financial malpractice.  And other opponents will continue to argue that paycheck protection statutes and ballot initiatives are necessary to protect Association members from unscrupulous union bosses who are seeking to coerce them into paying for political activities that they do not want to support – when, in fact, the supporters of paycheck protection don’t give a rat’s ass about the rights of Association members.

And just in case any of you may not have noticed, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Forbes magazine-they don’t like US very much either.

Why, you may ask, is this so?  Why are these conservative and right-wing bastards picking on NEA and its affiliates?  I will tell you why. It is the price we pay for success.  NEA and its affiliates have been singled out because they are the most effective unions in the United States.  And they are the nation’s leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal, social, and economic agenda that these groups find unacceptable.”

Download NEA Robert Chanin Speaks Against Conservatives (PDF)
Download NEA First In Liberal Donations (PDF)

Re-ordering America: Terry Herndon, former NEA Executive Director, states succinctly the NEA’s ultimate agenda.

“The ultimate goal of the NEA is to tap the legal, political and economic powers of the US Congress.  We want leaders and staff with sufficient clout that they may roam the halls of Congress and collect votes to re-order the priorities of the United States of America.”

This goal is not shared by many conservative Christians

Money in Politics: The NEA is extensively involved in politics to meet its stated goal “to re-order the priorities of the United States of America.”  A primary measure of the NEA’s political focus is its political donations.  Examine for yourself the political donation records from the NEA in 2007-2008:

  • NEA led the nation in political donations in 2008 (NEA gave over $56 million dollars to fund political activities, the largest of any organization in America)
  • NEA’s substantial donations to federal political candidates
  • NEA’s substantial state political donations

Download NEA First In Political Donations (PDF)
Download NEA First In Federal Donations (PDF)
Download NEA First In State Donations (PDF)

Do you approve of your union dues being used in this way?

Over 90% of Donations to One Political Party: The NEA has never endorsed a non-Democrat candidate running for president.  In addition, 93% of political donations are made to Democrat party candidates.  The NEA’s political stance is not representative of previous surveys of NEA members’ political party affiliation.

Download NEA Democratic Party (PDF)

Told How to Vote:The NEA, state and local affiliates, during political elections, attempt to influence member’s voting preference to accomplish the stated liberal agendas.Members do not like being told how to vote

    • If you have been a member of NEA for several years, you may have received these communications from the NEA and state affiliate, attempting to direct your vote.

Members have publicly expressed their dissatisfaction with the organization’s attempting to influence their vote, especially for agendas with which they don’t agree

Will my principal be angry if leave our union and join CEAI?

the union represents labor against management; educators and support staff are labor while your administrators are management.

What Type of Organization is NEA and Its Affiliates?

Although the NEA stands for National Education Association, the organization is a labor union, the same as Teamsters, Auto Workers, etc. The state affiliates (KEA, TEA, OEA, etc) are also labor unions. These organizations file government reports required of unions and are recognized by the IRS as a labor union.

Does the NEA's Support of Abortion Represent You?

2011 NEA Resolution I-17 states:

“The National Education Association supports family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom1.
The Association urges the government to give high priority to making available all methods of family planning to women and men unable to take advantage of private facilities2.
The Association also urges the implementation of community-operated, school-based family planning clinics3 that will provide intensive counseling by trained personnel.”
1)  The term ‘Reproductive Freedom’ is commonly used to represent many methods of controlling birth, including abortion
2)  This statement refers to taxpayer funded abortion
3)  These clinics are commonly referred to, in schools, as family resource centers
If schools were to abide by this NEA resolution, NEA members’ dues support a pro-abortion agendathe guidance provided by schools to pregnant girls would include abortion.  Many state’s legislatures have statutes in place to exclude abortion counseling from their schools, keeping the NEA’s position from being implemented.
In the NEA annual 2009 and 2010 Representative Assembly, an amendment was proposed for the NEA to take a neutral stand on abortion.  In both years, this amendment was not approved.

Does the NEA's Support of the Homosexual Agenda Represent You?

The battles in America on the subject of homosexuality are extensive.  Many organizations have established their policy on this subject and can be broadly classified into two categories.

  1. Support for the homosexual lifestyle.  The NEA belongs to this category.
  2. Support for traditional marriage between one man and one woman.  CEAI supports the Biblical view of traditional marriage

NEA members support, through their dues, the following work on the part of the NEA to promote the homosexual lifestyle in American society and in public schools:

  • 2009 NEA Backs Gay Marriage: In the NEA 2009 Annual Representative Assembly, the NEA puts its stamp of approval on gay marriage.  This approval further promotes the NEA agenda for liberal social change in American society.  In addition to approving gay marriage, NEA works to create federal legislation to legalize gay marriage in all states.
  • 2009 NEA Opposes State Marriage Amendments:  Should any state propose or have on the state ballot a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, the NEA and the state affiliate will oppose such amendment.
  • NEA Supports Homosexual Programs for K-12 Students: The program titled “It’s Elementary” teaches about the equality of homosexuality and heterosexuality, and the appropriateness of teaching about these issues in elementary and secondary schools.  This program is recommended by the NEA for public schools.  Following is the NEA’s endorsement of this program:“Schools cannot be neutral when dealing with issues of human dignity and human rights. I’m not talking about tolerance; I’m talking about acceptance. It’s Elementary is a great resource for parents, teachers and community leaders working to teach respect and responsibility to America’s children.” Bob Chase, past president, NEA
  • Grievous Results for Parents & Students in Schools Where NEA’s Pro-homosexual Agenda Wins
    In Massachusetts, the gay marriage agenda of the NEA was successful.  In 2003 gay marriage was approved by the Massachusetts Supreme Court.  The impact of this legislation in public schools illustrates the danger of the NEA agenda as children are openly taught about the equality of homosexuality with heterosexuality.

Download NEA Supports Gay Marriage (PDF)
Download Effects of Gay Marriage in Schools (PDF)

NEA members’ dues support the NEA’s plan for students to be taught the equality
of homosexuality and heterosexuality in school.

  • NEA Honors Gay Activist:  In 2004, NEA gave a Human and Civil Rights Award to Kevin Jenning, the founder of the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).  GLSEN is the organization that promotes  Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in high schools across America.  Mr. Jennings is currently responsible for the Safe Schools Program under the Obama administration.
  • NEA Approves Drag Queen Caucus:  In the July 2010 NEA Annual Representative Assembly, NEA approved a new caucus to provide input into the NEA’s education and social agenda.  The name of the new caucus is the Drag Queen Caucus, providing further support for the NEA’s homosexual agenda in school.

Download 2004 Human Rights Award (PDF)
Download NEA Drag Queen Caucus (PDF)