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Lawyer Michael A. Carvin, right, presents arguments for the non-union teachers as the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case involving unions’ ability to collect fees from nonmembers.
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Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York state, defends the right of immigrant children to a quality education.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard rejected a measure that would have created the first state-level restrictions on transgender students’ use of school restrooms and locker rooms.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
Ill-timed glitches in the administration of online assessments have spurred lawmakers in several states to push bills that would crack down on testing companies.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
Legislators in Kansas and Washington struggle over how to pump millions of dollars more into K-12 aid to satisfy impatient state supreme courts.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
The unexpected vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court comes with several disputes being closely watched by K-12 educators—including one involving union fees—still pending.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
A bill awaiting action from the South Dakota governor would require transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match with their biological sex at birth.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
State lawmakers must scramble to come up with a formula that satisfies that the court finds equitable or risk not having schools open for the 2016-17 school year.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
The agency's chief information officer was on the congressional hot seat over allegations outlined in an Inspector General's report.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
After the violent arrest of an uncooperative South Carolina student, advocates want changes to statutes they say allow students to be arrested for offenses that may not be a crime off school grounds.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear open to overruling a key precedent that lets public-employee unions collect fees from nonmembers for collective bargaining.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week

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