WHEREAS, the Alabama Education Association was once a revered professional association of teachers dedicated to their students and to their profession, but has in recent times evolved into an avaricious labor union whose paramount interest is not the children enrolled in the schools of the State, but the self-aggrandizement of the union leaders themselves, with the result that education has become strongly politicized in this State; and

WHEREAS, the AEA is the largest labor union in the State, and the great political power amassed by the AEA is used to block urgently needed educational reforms; and

WHEREAS, the AEA is the child of the radically liberal National Education Association, an organization renowned for its espousal of causes that are anti-religious and anti-American, and which are directed to the destruction of traditional values of this Nation; and

WHEREAS, the AEA directly supports these causes by transferring to the NEA, for their mistaken purposes, monies collected as dues from teachers; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned causes are abhorrent to Alabamians and to many teachers who resent having their dues spent in political causes with which they disagree, but who nevertheless feel compelled to join the AEA because of ignorance of alternatives, or because they believe the AEA propaganda regarding the hazard of exposure to lawsuits; and

WHEREAS, there are in fact excellent alternatives to the AEA which are non-political, are not unions, but true professional organizations devoted to the inculcation of traditional American values, which put the welfare of students first, which provide excellent insurance against lawsuits, which spend none of there members' dues on political causes, and with which teachers can associate for a fraction of the cost of belonging to the AEA; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ALABAMA, that it is the sense of this Party that no progress can be made in education in this State until the power of the AEA is curbed and education is de-politicized, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that henceforth this Party will accept no money from the AEA, either directly or indirectly, and that officeholders and candidates are discouraged from accepting such money; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon Republican legislators to introduce and support legislation requiring each year a written declaration from such teachers as may wish for part of their union dues which are withheld from their salaries to be used for political purposes, and that in the absence of such declaration no part of such dues may be used for such purposes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Republicans throughout the state be encouraged to promulgate the fact of the existence of healthy alternatives to the AEA, and urge teachers to sever their memberships with the latter in favor of one of these alternatives.