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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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The U.S. Supreme Court stopped short of reversing a key precedent allowing public-worker unions to charge "agency fees" to nonmembers.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The justices dealt with several cases of interest to educators, including disputes involving race in college admissions, prayers at government meetings, and more.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The decision by a California judge declaring unconstitutional key aspects of teacher tenure and due-process protections has made waves, but the implications in that state and beyond remain unclear.
July 7, 2014 - Education Week
The ruling, which the state's teachers' unions have vowed to appeal, finds that California laws governing teacher tenure and dismissal violate the constitutional rights of students.
June 11, 2014 - Education Week
The national teachers' union is imploring local affiliates to better engage current and potential members, and has launched a Center for Organizing to provide tools and training.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
The plan would increase teacher salaries by 18 percent over nine years, slim the district's teacher-evaluation criteria, and pave the way for a teacher career ladder.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
In return for abolishing tenure, lawmakers are making districts offer raises to a quarter of their teachers, a quota administrators' and teachers' associations are protesting.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Researchers are examining whether language in teacher contracts could be contributing to the teacher-quality gap between schools with large and small concentrations of minority students.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
The candidates include a Democratic incumbent who's angered teachers' unions over pensions and a Republican hopeful they view as a threat to public workers' rights.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Although the state board expected most teachers to clear the hurdle, the policy drew immediate opposition from the state teachers' union.
March 28, 2014 - Education Week

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