- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Education is telling school systems to start enforcing a state law aimed at the main source of fundraising for the state teachers’ organization.

The Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/1kavQDZ ) reports that Deputy Superintendent Craig Pouncey sent a letter saying a 2010 law passed by the Legislature is now in effect and must be enforced. The law prohibits government entities, including school boards, from deducting dues from an employee’s paycheck if the dues are going to an organization engaged in political activities. The law had been on hold until February because of a legal challenge by the Alabama Education Association.

AEA Associate Executive Secretary Gregory Graves says the organization expects dues deductions to continue until each school system has conferred with its local association on a proposed policy.

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