The ill will between the Nevada State Education Association and its largest local, the Clark County Education Association, has gotten so bad that NEA headquarters is weighing in.
John Vellardita, CCEA executive director – “It really gets down to the fundamental question of whether or not the dues that we’re giving NSEA are serving CCEA members’ interests. We give out the bulk of their money. We feel that we’re subsidizing the state and the rest of its operations, and in return we’re self-sufficient.”
Jim Testerman, senior director of NEA’s Center for Organizing – “[Vellardita] wants more money from the state dues that members pay to offset the expenses that he is running up.”
Angie Sullivan, former CCEA executive board member – “CCEA polled its members. Something NSEA does not do and has never done. 85% of CCEA members do not even know what NSEA is or does. The state teacher’s union does zero to help CCSD teachers. Half our dues money may as well be lit on fire. Unfortunately it is $4 million…. We are leaving. We want a divorce.”
Anonymous teacher – “CCEA sent a PUSH POLL to members. Please don’t believe for one second that the questions were objective or fair. Of course they got the information they wanted to get out of it. …If Vellardita pushes his agenda and manages to ‘divorce’ NSEA from CCEA then many current members will want a divorce from the association. Angie Sullivan does NOT speak for all members.”