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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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07/30 01:48 pm | Education Groups Issue Guide on Same-Sex Marriage and School Districts | School districts must provide spouses in same-sex marriages the same benefits as those for opposite-sex couples, according to a new guide from education groups.

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Eleven former teachers and administrators were found guilty of racketeering for conspiring to change answers or guide students to correct responses on a 2009 state test.
April 2, 2015 - Education Week
Lawmakers approve a plan that would ditch the state’s current education formula, but its fate is entangled with a long-running legal dispute over the funding.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by June on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act with potential impact on school districts' employee-benefits policies.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Arguments in an Ohio case revolved around whether the requirement that teachers report child abuse turns them into agents of law enforcement.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Advocates aim to broaden the influence of California's contentious statute, which gives parents a tool to push major changes at low-performing schools.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Young victims of cyberbullying have few tools at their disposal to protect themselves, writes lawyer Kenneth A. Linzer.
March 16, 2015 - Education Week
School administrators, not teacher-tenure laws, are responsible for "ineffective" educators, writes former teacher and principal David Finley.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
The case before the high court asks whether teachers' duty to report suspected child abuse makes them adjuncts of law enforcement when it comes to prosecution.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court to hear the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, involving subsidies to those in states without their own health-care insurance marketplaces.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
State lawmakers and school district officials are again wrestling with questions about schools' authority to access and monitor students' social-media accounts.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week

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