High court splits on union dues case, mandatory fees stand
The Supreme Court Tuesday voted 4-4 to uphold mandatory union dues for teachers and other public employees, at least for the time being. Justices issued a short, unsigned opinion saying that the lower court’s opinion “is affirmed by an equally divided court.” High court votes that end in a tie affirm the lower court’s ruling...
By Carolyn Phenicie | March 29, 2016
Commentary: After Scalia’s death, 3 ways the Supreme Court could change course on education reform
It seems fitting. In life, Antonin Scalia was perhaps the most influential and controversial jurist of the modern era. While his admirers cherished his powerful mind and his detractors considered him a bully or worse, virtually no one denied his impact over three decades on the United States Supreme Court. It therefore seems somehow appropriate that...
By Dmitri Mehlhorn | February 16, 2016
Friedrichs case threatening teacher union funds going before SCOTUS
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Monday in a case that threatens the financial strength of teacher unions in California and 23 other states. The Friedrichs’ v. California Teachers Association lawsuit was brought by a group of California teachers seeking a dismissal from the requirement that they pay compulsory union dues....
By Craig Clough | January 7, 2016