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Anti-union demonstrators gather at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington last June awaiting a decision in Janus vs. AFSCME.
—J. Scott Applewhite/AP-File

'This Road Just Got a Lot Harder': Teachers' Unions Hit With New Round of Lawsuits

In the wake of the 'Janus' Supreme Court case, teachers' unions are facing more than a dozen legal challenges backed by right-leaning groups that could further dampen their membership numbers and finances. (October 15, 2018)


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New Jersey cannot mandate that students pass two state exams before they can graduate high school, a state appellate court has ruled.
December 31, 2018 – AP
In interviews with Education Week, some teachers said they’ve seen lesson plans they created being sold by other people on Teachers Pay Teachers, and that the company isn’t going far enough to stop copyright infringement.
January 15, 2019 – Education Week
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to the state's struggling public pension system eight months after it prompted thousands of teachers to protest, closing schools across the state.
December 13, 2018 – AP
The odds may be long for a newly filed lawsuit that asserts students have a Constitutional right to civics learning, but some experts say the timing is spot on.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week
Is the current political climate rekindling interest in teaching about the U.S. Constitution? That's what some civics teachers, law experts, and leaders of national groups are saying.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
Restraint and seclusion is controversial in the special education community; one in 100 students with special needs was restrained or secluded in the 2013-14 school year, according to federal data.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
With two new books for young people and her work with the iCivics organization, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor devotes time off the bench to topics close to her heart.
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
The state has developed an extensive plan for fixing a violation of federal special education law, but federal officials want to see additional corrective actions and plan a visit to follow up.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
In the wake of the 'Janus' Supreme Court case, teachers' unions are facing more than a dozen legal challenges backed by right-leaning groups that could further dampen their membership numbers and finances.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week
Nine educators, backed by the American Federation of Teachers, say the loan servicing giant misled and impeded them on a loan-forgiveness program intended to help public service workers.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week

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