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March 29, 2016
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

Association of American Educators Sounds off on Friedrichs v. CTA Split Decision

Alexandria, VA – The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a one-sentence decision in the Friedrichs v. CTA court case affirming a lower court ruling that upholds the practice of forced union fees.

Although the lower court ruling will stand, the case will continue. The Center for Individual Rights, which represents Friedrichs and the other AAE plaintiffs, plans to file a petition for a rehearing after a ninth justice is confirmed.

Following the decision, AAE Chairman and President Gary Beckner issued the following statement:

“We’ve been so proud to stand with Rebecca Friedrichs and the AAE member teacher plaintiffs fighting tirelessly for teacher freedom of choice. While we are disappointed with today’s outcome, we remain deeply committed to the principles behind this important case.

The Association of American Educators was founded as an alternative to the partisan politics and collective bargaining of the teacher labor unions. As the unions experience a rapid decline in states across the nation, we know there are thousands and thousands of teachers seeking a new model for professional benefits and representation.

For over 20 years, our members have been vocal about the injustices of forced unionism. Being forced to fund a private politically-charged organization that may even be working against their professional interests is fundamentally flawed. As college-educated professionals, we believe that teachers should make educated decisions about association membership and select an organization that matches their budget and beliefs.

Teachers across the country are demanding options and voters have clearly rejected compulsory union fees in a growing number of states. We’re confident that teacher freedom of choice will ultimately prevail in the years to come.”

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit for further information.