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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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A dispute not directly related to education has the potential to weaken or eliminate one of the last legal barriers to vouchers for use at private religious schools.
April 14, 2017 – Education Week
Democrats grilled Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on the stance he's taken toward the level of services due students with disabilities, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates for children with disabilities cheer a high court decision setting more-ambitious academic expectations for those in special education, while district administrators have a more measured response.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Experts on children with disabilities are cheering a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as a clear win that establishes more-ambitious academic standards for special education students.
March 24, 2017 – Education Week
As battles move into court or the public sphere, it's very hard for schools chiefs and their boards to find a way to work together effectively.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
All eyes will be on the Supreme Court later this month when it hears a case that could either expand or curtail the rights of transgender students.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
Federal lawmakers are again taking a close look at the Higher Education Act, with broad implications for K-12 issues such as college access for low-income students.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
A growing number of educators are lobbying against bills to allow guns in schools as some lawmakers argue for arming school personnel to protect students.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
The justices gave a unanimous, but for now partial, victory to a family that sued a Michigan district that barred a service dog for a child with cerebral palsy.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
More than 100 Teach For America teachers are among 750,000 undocumented immigrants protected by the deferred-action policy, which President Trump has said is a "very difficult subject" for him.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week

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