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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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The Education Department made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision in delaying an Obama-era rule that would change the way states monitor how minority students are identified and served in special education, a federal judge rules.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
Five California educators on Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the state's top teachers union from collecting dues through mandatory paycheck deductions, the latest in a series of similar legal challenges filed across the country.
March 11, 2019 – AP
A plan to end a years-long court battle over school funding in Kansas is under threat after an influential group of school districts withdrew its support.
March 7, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Maryland's congressional delegation has voiced strong support for a sweeping plan to reform the state's educational system.
February 27, 2019 – AP
Middle school students in eastern Kentucky have testified before lawmakers that e-cigarettes have become commonplace at their school despite a state law requiring a person to be at least 18 to buy them.
February 27, 2019 – AP
The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a statewide grand jury with a broad mandate to investigate school safety.
February 25, 2019 – Education Week
The Supreme Court’s 1969 ‘Tinker’ ruling in the case of students wearing black armbands remains a touchstone in the robust debate over the rights of free expression in public schools.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Though the Supreme Court refused this particular case, some see an opening for future challenges involving First Amendment issues and public employees.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Public school advocates have a long wish list even as state policymakers weigh whether to fatten "rainy day" funds instead of pumping surplus cash into schools.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
A growing movement to shed Confederate names on public schools has drawn attention in recent years. But public schools named in honor of segregationists haven't drawn the same level of scrutiny.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week

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