Education A State Capitals Roundup

Legal Foundation Seeks Probe Into Calif. Union’s Use of Fees

By Linda Jacobson — September 20, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The Landmark Legal Foundation, a public-interest law firm with offices in Leesburg, Va., and Kansas City, Mo., has asked the California Public Employment Relations Board to investigate whether the California Teachers Association is using fees paid by nonmember teachers to finance a campaign to defeat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot initiatives in a special election Nov. 5.

The complaint focuses on a $60-a-year, three-year assessment that the 335,000-member union says is going for debt retirement. While nonunion teachers are required by law to pay fees for collective-bargaining purposes, they are entitled to a refund of the portion of the fees used for political reasons.

The CTA is opposing the governor’s “Live Within Our Means Act,” which would eliminate the minimum-funding guarantee for schools in Proposition 98 and require new teachers to serve a five-year probationary period instead of the current two years.

Beverly Tucker, the CTA’s chief counsel, said the complaint has no merit, and called it another “attack on unions” from Landmark.

A version of this article appeared in the September 21, 2005 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Budget & Finance Webinar
Innovative Funding Models: A Deep Dive into Public-Private Partnerships
Discover how innovative funding models drive educational projects forward. Join us for insights into effective PPP implementation.
Content provided by Follett Learning
Budget & Finance Webinar Staffing Schools After ESSER: What School and District Leaders Need to Know
Join our newsroom for insights on investing in critical student support positions as pandemic funds expire.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
How can districts build sustainable tutoring models before the money runs out?
District leaders, low on funds, must decide: broad support for all or deep interventions for few? Let's discuss maximizing tutoring resources.
Content provided by Varsity Tutors for Schools

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: April 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 20, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 13, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: February 21, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read