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By Jeanne Allen

 

Labor unions have emerged in the past 40 years as one of the biggest power brokers on all social policy issues concerning the education of our youth. While their involvement was once intricately linked to teacher professionalism and school success, today they are locked in a mindset that is focused almost entirely on protecting collective bargaining rights and ensuring that tenure, seniority and uniform pay scales dictate who gets paid what, and who stays and goes in the classroom. Indeed, these issues are at the heart of the imminent oral arguments taking place at the U.S. Supreme Court this Monday, January 11 at 10 am. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., ten public school teachers are asking the High Court to strike down Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 case that sanctioned agency shop rules that permit unions to dock a teacher's pay regardless of whether they want to be a member of a union and represented in union activities. Laws in 23 states require workers who decline to join a union to pay fees anyway. These and other teachers around the country believe that this legal structure is anathema to teacher freedom and a violation of First Amendment rights.

 

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Friedrichs vs. CTA: The Latest
posted by: Alana | January 07, 2016, 03:47 pm
 Friedrichs vs. CTA: The Latest

 

Wondering what the latest is on the Friedrichs case? Bookmark this page for the best resources and latest updates on the case!

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NCLB Overhaul One Step Away from Official
posted by: Alana | December 09, 2015, 04:36 pm

 

After passing in the U.S. House on December 2nd by a vote of 359-64, the U.S. Senate today officially passed the buck on the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) to President Obama’s desk by a vote of 85-12, where it awaits final approval.

 

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AAE Video Release: Lawsuits with Impact
posted by: Alana | December 01, 2015, 02:51 pm
AAE Video Release: Lawsuits with Impact

This September, AAE sat down with stakeholders from the monumental Fredrich's and Bain court cases to get an in-depth look at how these issues impact education.

 

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We’re still a year out from the election and the 2016 battle for the White House is already in full swing. Despite the daily headlines, one issue isn’t getting much attention from the current slate of candidates on either side of the aisle– K12 education.

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Could the New ESEA Deal Be Coming to a Close Already?
posted by: Alana | November 16, 2015, 01:34 pm

 

News broke last week that House and Senate lawmakers have struck a deal over the long awaited reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

 

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2105 NAEP Results & Video Summary
posted by: Alana | November 02, 2015, 01:14 pm

 

Everyone is talking about the release of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam results. Unfortunately, the results tell a very serious story about the state of education in today’s schools.

 

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Secretary Duncan to Step Down: What Teachers Need to Know
posted by: Alana | October 06, 2015, 04:57 pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a huge announcement last week when he announced he’s stepping down after 7 years in office. What does this mean for teachers? We’ve compiled some FAQs about the news below.

 

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Study: Head Start Provides Mixed Results
posted by: Guest contributor | August 10, 2015, 12:42 pm

By Conner Dunleavy

 

For nearly 50 years, the Head Start program has been providing free preschool programs for low-income Americans. Since the 1960’s the program has seen some 30 million American children pass through it according to an analysis by the Hechinger Report.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has recently started bracing itself for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The decision could potentially end the practice of forced unionism from coast to coast allowing educators ultimate control over their paychecks.

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One Step Closer to Replacing NCLB
posted by: Guest contributor | July 10, 2015, 10:55 am

By Conner Dunleavy

 

This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican-led overhaul of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Long overdue for reauthorization, the vote was very close (218-213) with no Democrats supporting it and 27 Republicans also voting against it.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it will take up the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. This landmark case challenges the ability of unions to collect dues from employees who may not wish to be a part of the union or object to the use of their dues on issues which they fundamentally disagree with. This case lays out a First Amendment freedom of speech challenge to the long standing forced unionism policy.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order yesterday designed to prevent government employees (including teachers) from being forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

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Education & State of the Union 2015
posted by: Alana | January 21, 2015, 01:57 pm

Did you miss the State of the Union Address? Don’t worry. AAE has you covered.

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Federal Update: May 23, 2014
posted by: Ruthie | May 23, 2014, 06:46 am

Public Charter School Legislation Passes House of Representatives  

 

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (HR 10)with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 360 to 45 during National Charter Schools Week.

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Federal Update: March 18, 2014
posted by: Ruthie | March 18, 2014, 01:44 pm

Federal Budget Release Reveals President Obama's PrioritiesAt the beginning of the month, President Obama released his annual budget proposal, requesting $68.6 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education. This number is a 1.9% increase from the 2014 budget.

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Federal Update: December 23, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | December 23, 2013, 11:15 am

Department of Educations Extends Transition Flexibility Waivers for StatesThe Department of Education will consider, on a state-by-state basis, requests for flexibility in two areas: the timeline for using results of teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that meet the requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility for personnel decisions, and field testing new assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards.

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Federal Update: November 14, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | November 14, 2013, 01:12 pm

Department of Education to Scale Back NCLB Waiver-Renewal MandatesThe U.S. Department of Education is planning to streamline and modify the process of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver renewals. In August, the administration announced new difficult mandates for waiver approval. However, the Department of Education will soon release an updated mandate process, which includes a significant relaxation of equity in teacher distribution.

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Federal Update: October 28, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | October 28, 2013, 04:52 pm

House Education and Workforce Committee Passes Bill Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent PredatorsLast week, with broad bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed legislation designed to help keep children safe from sexual predators and other violent adults in their schools.

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Federal Update: September 18, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | September 17, 2013, 03:15 pm

GOP Leaders Protest Attempt to Shut Down Louisiana's School Choice Program 

Today, House Republican leaders sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns about the Obama administration's effort to shut down a successful school choice program in Louisiana.

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