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Rebecca Friedrichs, a school teacher in Orange County, Calif., poses for a portrait in 2013. Friedrichs is the lead plaintiff in a case brought by group of California teachers asking the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can't collect fees from those who choose not to join.
—Greg Schneider/Center for Individual Rights/AP

Supreme Court Case Poses Threat to Teachers' Union Financing

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging unions' practice of compelling nonmembers to pay service fees. (July 6, 2015)

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The Washington attorney general's office said Monday the state has made so much progress toward fully paying the cost of basic education that the state Supreme Court should dissolve its contempt order on education funding.
July 28, 2015 - AP
The state is bracing for a rapid expansion in the number of children using tax dollars for private schools, after the program was declared constitutional by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
July 28, 2015 - McClatchy-Tribune
The state law raising the school dropout age from 16 to 18 could be in for both a legal challenge and revision from the 2016 General Assembly.
July 20, 2015 - McClatchy-Tribune
Now that state lawmakers have approved a split-up of the Clark County school district, which includes Las Vegas, the question is how to go about doing it.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week
With most legislative sessions complete, the scorecard shows that many states are focused on rebuilding K-12 funding and grappling with the thorny issue of student assessments.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week
Even when the U.S. Supreme Court is not weighing education-specific cases, many of its decisions reach into the schools—and the 2014-15 term was no exception.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
U.S. Supreme Court justices issued rulings on a wide range of cases with implications for schools and educators in the court's just-completed 2014-15 term. Here are some excerpts from the majority opinions in a handful of cases closely watched by the education community.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging unions' practice of compelling nonmembers to pay service fees.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
Though a federal appeals court has upheld the state's mandate of four-hour blocks of English-immersion daily for ELLs, federal civil rights officials are pushing Arizona to overhaul its approach to language instruction.
June 18, 2015 - Education Week
Efforts to reauthorize the law could be complicated by some of the same issues holding up renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week

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