ERIC Number: EJ1168137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Science and Politics in "Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association"
Superfine, Benjamin Michael; Umpstead, Regina R.; Mayrowetz, David; Lenhoff, Sarah Winchell; Pogodzinski, Ben
Educational Policy, v32 n2 p211-233 Mar 2018
In March 2017, the Supreme Court decided "Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association" and upheld the constitutionality of agency fees for nonunion teachers. We examine how "Friedrichs" reflects a host of issues grouped around a patchwork of ideological commitments regarding teachers unions and public-sector unions more generally, partisan politics, and empirically oriented claims about the impact of teachers unions on students' educational opportunities. We particularly argue that the case reflects a tension between judicial, scientific, and democratic decision-making, and that courts and reformers should be sensitive to this tension as they consider similar cases moving forward.
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Court Litigation, Unions, Teacher Associations, Decision Making, Collective Bargaining, Labor Relations, Legal Problems, Ideology, State Legislation, Fees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California