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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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08/21 08:52 am | Full Appeals Court Upholds Discipline of Student Over Violent Web Rap | The court holds that a Mississippi student's off-campus rap recordings that allude to shooting two teachers is not protected by the First Amendment.

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Recent controversies over statutes aimed at protecting religious beliefs offer a reminder of challenges school administrators face in dealing with the sensitive issue of religious accommodation.
April 10, 2015 - Education Week
The conviction of 11 former educators on state racketeering charges that could land them behind bars has ignited debate about whether the punishment fits the crime.
April 8, 2015 - Education Week
California's parent-trigger law has played a role in policy debates in a handful of schools since the law passed in 2010. This interactive describes each school and its experience.
April 7, 2015 - Education Week
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

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