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Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County, Calif., public school teacher, was the lead plaintiff in a suit by nonunion teachers opposed to paying service fees to the California Teachers Association.
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Fee-Payer Issue Still Alive, Despite Close Call for Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court's deadlock in a case over teachers' union fees for non-members was a relief for organized labor, but cases on the issue still percolate in the lower courts. (April 12, 2016)

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Advocates for parent and community engagement see a chance to expand on their impact under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
The Boston school district's shift to an earlier hiring cycle has improved new-teacher quality, but it has created a larger pool of "excessed" educators, a new study concludes.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
Self-care is an essential component of good teaching, not a mark of selfishness, writes educator Christopher Doyle.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
A state law aimed at encouraging—or prodding—small, rural districts to merge has hit some speed bumps on the road to implementation.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
States hungry for teachers weigh a menu of policies aimed at recruiting and retaining educators, among them pay raises, revamped evaluation systems, and bonuses.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
The nation's third-largest school district is mired in money woes and fights among state and local leaders about over how to solve them.
February 10, 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
Though testing mandates remain under ESSA, those aiming to rein in assessments say the new law's flexibility for states may work to their advantage.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
Arguments this month will focus on whether to overturn a key precedent allowing unions to charge nonmembers for collective bargaining costs.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week

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