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The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11.
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High Stakes in Union-Fee Case Before Supreme Court

Arguments this month will focus on whether to overturn a key precedent allowing unions to charge nonmembers for collective bargaining costs. (January 5, 2016)

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06/28 10:44 am | High Court Takes Case Involving Service Dog; Denies Rehearing on Union Fees | The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case stemming from a dispute over a child bringing her service dog to school, but ends a case on teachers' union fees.

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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 15, 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
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 1, 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 25, 2015 – Education Week
Young victims of cyberbullying have few tools at their disposal to protect themselves, writes lawyer Kenneth A. Linzer.
March 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 2015 – Education Week
School administrators, not teacher-tenure laws, are responsible for "ineffective" educators, writes former teacher and principal David Finley.
March 4, 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 25, 2015 – Education Week

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