Education News – May 9, 2016

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How the Federal Government is Transforming Public Education
By Andrew T. Walker
On the day that the Supreme Court issued its Obergefell ruling, the U.S. Department of Education quickly changed its Facebook avatar to a rainbow, an image now synonymous with the gay rights movement in America. Easy to overlook (because who among us “likes” federal agencies on Facebook?), the ostensible celebration by the Department of Education communicates one essential reality: The drive toward redefining marriage and abandoning male-female complementarity has gained official government endorsement.

The Fight Over the Constitutionality of Union Fees Continues
By Sherry Karabin
The fight over whether unions can require nonunion public sector employees to pay them service or fair share fees to support their collective bargaining work is continuing.
On March 29 the U.S. Supreme Court failed to reach a majority decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, allowing the fee collections to stand.
Currently 23 states, including Ohio, mandate that nonunion members pay these fees.

The Latest Teachers Unions’ Monopoly Moves
By Larry Sand
April revealed the teachers unions’ desperation over losing control of top-down, one-size fits all government-run schools.
In many ways April was normal for teacher union monopolists. Early in the month, theWashington Teachers Union said it would challenge a new law in the Evergreen State that corrected problems in the way that charter schools, which had been marked for extinction, are funded. The modified law would allow their scant eight operating charters to remain open. Obviously that is eight too many for WTU, which is suing over the use of state funding for the schools, as well as their “lack of public accountability.”

California Teachers Unions Force Nonmembers to Pay for LGBT, Other Political Goals
By Kevin Mooney
A large California teachers union and its national affiliate are forcing nonunion teachers to pay for political activism, according to a disclosure form acquired by The Daily Signal.

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