The NYT Double Standard on Unions and Education Reform

April 28, 2016

In June of 2014, the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed the efforts in Vergara v. California of California students to have California’s teacher tenure laws declared unconstitutional. The students contended that the laws created an environment that disproportionally disadvantaged minority children by making it virtually impossible for underprivileged schools

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Editorial Confusion About Friedrichs

April 18, 2016

An article at In These Times expresses frustration that the media keeps referring to Friedrichs v. CTA as the Supreme Court case on “union dues.” Nonmembers, the author rightly points out, can opt out of paying union dues. What is at issue in Friedrichs is the agency fee, which public employees

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CIR Files for Rehearing in Friedrichs

April 08, 2016

CIR filed a petition for rehearing today asking the Supreme Court to re-hear Friedrichs v. CTA when a new, ninth Justice is confirmed.  This would allow the question of whether compulsory union fees violate the First Amendment to be heard and decided by the full Court of nine Justices.

Last month,

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Friedrichs Teachers File Petition for Re-Hearing of Supreme Court Case

April 08, 2016

Teachers say case is too important to let a tie decision stand

Washington, D.C.—Today lawyers for nine California teachers filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to re-hear arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association when a new Justice is confirmed.

Late last month the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 split decision

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Chicago Strike Shows Why Friedrichs Needs a Rehearing

April 01, 2016

The Chicago teacher strike illustrates the need for the Supreme Court to grant a rehearing in Friedrichs v. CTA. Many Chicago teachers are worried about just how the strike will affect their students, but their union has made it clear dissenters will not be tolerated. This highlights the central issue of

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