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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 momentum behind the widespread teacher activism last spring has continued into the new school year.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
A new state supreme court ruling will allow the Ohio state department of education to seek repayment of tens of millions of dollars from the beleaguered online charter school.
August 8, 2018 – Education Week
Questions remain after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that two school districts have the right to ban guns from their schools.
August 3, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Whether Janus will be a death blow or a turning point for unions depends on what they do now, writes Paul Reville.
July 26, 2018 – Education Week
The ruling on a handful of schools appears to smooth the way for the closure of hundreds more, though the island's civil rights commission has criticized the process.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
A federal appeals court judge in Washington whose mother taught in the District of Columbia, Kavanaugh has a relatively light record of rulings on education. If confirmed, he would succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
The guidance emphasized permissible ways for schools and colleges to take race into account to promote student diversity, a subject the U.S. Supreme Court has had much to say about.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
A push to get a federal court to recognize a constitutional right to education continues, despite last month's dismissal of a Detroit right-to-read case.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
The latest nominee for the nation’s highest court attended the exclusive Georgetown Preparatory School, as did one sitting justice. But there’s a 5-4 split when it comes to public and private school alumni among the current nine justices.
July 12, 2018 – Education Week
Despite leaders' messages of defiance and solidarity, reminders of the Supreme Court's recent decision to abolish agency fees—and its financial implications for teachers' unions—were everywhere at the National Education Association's yearly convention.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week

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