Friedrichs v. California

Posted June 9, 2016

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Morgan Polikoff is an associate professor of education, specializing in K-12 policy, at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. He is one…

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Posted Jan. 20, 2016

Was There Too Much Coverage of Friedrichs? @SchoolLawBlog Says No

Mark Walsh is the only journalist that I know of who focuses on education-related Supreme Court cases, though his writing at EdWeek (@SchoolLawBlog) and on SCOTUSblog. So it was great to get Walsh’s take on last week’s big Supreme Court case and on media coverage of school law cases in general. https://twitter.com/SchoolLawBlog/status/686635083059429376 (See my previous post on this: How to Be  Smart Supreme Court Coverage…

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Posted Jan. 19, 2016

New York Teacher Wonders if Losing Friedrichs May Actually Result in Better Unions

Mark Anderson is a special education teacher and coordinator at a district middle school in the Bronx. He is also a teacher leader with the Viva Project, an organization working to bring more teacher voice to education policy decisions. Anderson has written a piece about the Friedrichs case in which he wonders if a loss for the unions may actually make them better. Increasing disengagement presents a large problem for unions, especially as…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2016

Could the Teachers Unions Be Stronger After Friedrichs?

The Supreme Court appears likely to deny unions the right to compel the payment of monthly dues in the case of Friedrichs vs. the California…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 12, 2016

Dmitri Mehlhorn: Can America’s Courts Deliver Better Schools for Disadvantaged Students?

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Democratic donor, activist, and investor, has written a piece at The 74 about what a victory for the Friedrichs plaintiffs could mean for Education in 2016 and he asks the question, "can America’s courts deliver better schools for disadvantaged students?" Despite their limited impact, enlightened rulings over the past century have laid useful foundations. The question is whether the current Supreme Court will build upon such…

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Posted Jan. 12, 2016

Teacher Voices: 3 E4E members Share Their Perspectives on Friedrichs v. CTA

Evan Stone and Sydney Morris have authored a short blog explaining how their organization, Educators 4 Excellence, took a position on Friedrichs v. CTA, and offer up three of their members' perspectives on the case. Steve Fouts of Chicago, Camila Correa of New York, and Tom Rademacher of Minnesota have all written about how they see the case and why they've taken the positions they have, providing more perspectives to help folks understand and…

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

A Vision for Teachers Unions After Friedrichs

Can teachers be forced to give money to a union they don’t support? That’s the question at the heart of a case the Supreme Court…

By Dan Weisberg

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

A Disappointing Alliance on Friedrichs: E4E and AFT

Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) is an organization I admire. Since its inception both the mission and vision have been clear: To ensure that the voices of classroom…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

Former Teacher and Union Member Cries Foul over E4E’s position on Friedrichs v CTA

Erika Sanzi, frequent contributor to EdPost and blogger at Good School Hunting, is deeply disappointed in the decision by Educators For Excellence to stand with the unions and against the plaintiffs in the case before the United States Supreme Court today. She reveals that despite her admiration for E4E, her experience as a union member and school committee member make it impossible for her to support their position on the case. Sanzi's is one…

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

TNTP’s CEO Does Not Support Plaintiffs in Friedrichs v. CTA

Dan Weisberg, CEO of TNTP, has weighed in on Friedrichs v. CTA and he is not on the side of the plaintiffs. Today we are sharing a variety of perspectives on this case and Weisberg certainly offers one worth considering as people figure out where they come down on this very complex case. I’ve had my share of disagreements with teachers unions over the years, but on this case, I agree with them. It’s a matter of basic fairness that teachers…

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