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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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09/03 07:55 am | Teacher's Claim of Bias Due to Hispanic Ethnicity Revived on Appeal | A federal appeals court reinstates a New York state teacher's lawsuit claiming he was discriminated against by his school district based on his Hispanic ethnicity.

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Mediators pulled the plug on seven months of court-led settlement talks between Arizona public school districts and the Legislature that were designed to end a yearslong lawsuit over the lawmakers' failure to make required inflation-based increases in school funding.
August 26, 2015 - AP
Tensions remain among legislators as they seek to hammer out a school funding plan amid $100,000 a day in court-ordered sanctions.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
A scathing U.S. Department of Justice letter alleges discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act by a statewide network of alternative schools.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
Nineteen senators signed a letter saying that the Washington state Supreme Court has overstepped its authority by ordering the state to pay sanctions because of lack of progress on an education funding plan.
August 24, 2015 - AP
The state education commissioner is stepping into the bitter battle over control of an unusual New York school district.
August 13, 2015 - AP
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

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