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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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06/30 09:35 am | Supreme Court to Reconsider Key Precedent on Teachers' Union Fees | The justices agreed to decide whether to overrule a nearly 40-year-old precedent that authorizes teachers' unions to collect service fees from those who refuse to join.

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The justices will weigh a case about a 2006 Michigan ballot measure that prohibited racial preferences in education and other areas of state and local government.
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September 5, 2013 - Education Week
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August 1, 2013 - McClatchy-Tribune
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July 23, 2013 - Education Week
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