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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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10/20 09:30 am | Buffalo Teachers Ratify Contract, Ending a 12 Year Stalemate | Ending a 12-year deadlock between the district and union, public school teachers in Buffalo, N.Y., have inked their first new contract since the last one expired in 2004.

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The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers step up lobbying efforts, targeting lawmakers in their districts.
February 25, 2015 – Education Week
Advocates predict this month's endorsement from the Boston teachers' union will spur more districts to extend the school day.
January 28, 2015 | Updated: May 11, 2016 – Education Week
In a recent back and forth, Peter Cunningham and Randi Weingarten debate the meaning of "collaboration" and its role in the K-12 ecosystem.
December 29, 2014 – Education Week
Critics like United Students Against Sweatshops should applaud Teach For America, not bash it, former Milwaukee schools chief Howard Fuller writes.
December 10, 2014 | Updated: May 1, 2016 – Education Week
A battery of new licensing tests in New York has led to relatively low passing rates for prospective teachers, according to data issued this week by the state education department.
December 3, 2014 – Education Week
The battle for the Golden State's top K-12 spot—with teachers' unions backing incumbent Tom Torlakson's successful re-election bid—became a proxy war over K-12 policy.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
More than $60 million in campaign money failed to unseat key Republican governors or secure the Democrats' majority in the U.S. Senate.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
School choice programs and efforts to overhaul education funding systems could get a boost from the wave of new and re-elected Republican governors and state lawmakers.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
AFT President Randi Weingarten counters Peter Cunningham's "open letter" to her that recently appeared in Education Week.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
In her recent public criticism of former L.A. schools chief John Deasy, the president of the American Federation of Teachers does not encourage civil dialogue, writes Peter Cunningham.
November 5, 2014 – Education Week

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