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July 31, 2014
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

Association of American Educators Reacts to State Supreme Court Decision Upholding Act 10

Alexandria, VA–Wisconsin's landmark law designed to curb misuse of union power was upheld on Thursday by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court in a ground-breaking 5-2 vote. The decision solidifies the reforms in Act 10 and once and for all ends the practice of forced unionism for educators.

Following the decision, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner issued the following statement:

"Wisconsin teachers and the citizens at large have spoken loud and clear in favor of freedom of choice. Following years of legal battles and debate, provisions under ACT 10 will be final.

AAE applauds the Court's commitment to upholding teacher freedom in this historic ruling. This decision is a victory for the thousands of educators and the taxpaying public.

It's clear that many Wisconsin teachers across the state have rejected forced unionism and are demanding options. Since this law took effect, AAE has welcomed teachers from across the state seeking a professional and nonpartisan option. The fact is Wisconsin educators deserve choices.

Following three long years of misinformation and legal challenges, we hope this decision will finally allow teachers to exercise their right to freedom of association. We look forward to continued growth and serving Wisconsin's hard-working teachers for 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. Visit for further information.