Teacher unions

In this Friday, July 13, 2018 photo, Animo Westside Charter Middle School is seen during a summer session to introduce new students to the school they will attend in the fall, in the Playa Del Rey area of Los Angeles. Animo is one of many schools to benefit from donations by billionaires that are influencing state education policy by giving money to state-level charter support organizations to sustain, defend and expand the charter schools movement across the country. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
July 16, 2018 - 5:56 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. Teachers unions are hoping that recent grass-roots protests over pay and working conditions will blunt the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees and help persuade dues-paying members not to abandon them. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
June 28, 2018 - 1:09 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Teachers unions are hoping that recent grass-roots protests over pay and working conditions will blunt the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees and help persuade dues-paying members not to abandon them. The court said in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday that government...
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Amanda Hammock, center, a Delaware County, Pa. Democratic party activist, is dressed as Rosie the Riveter as she attends a protest by Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Philadelphia. The protesters denounced Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
June 27, 2018 - 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labor. The court's conservative majority, re-empowered by Justice...
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Washington. From left are, Liberty Justice Center's Director of Litigation Jacob Huebert, plaintiff Mark Janus, Rauner, and Liberty Justice Center founder and chairman John Tillman. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 27, 2018 - 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on union fees (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Teachers unions sharply criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court's Wednesday ruling on union fees say justices sided with wealthy business interests over the working class and public servants. The court...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington. From left, Deputy Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 21, 2018 - 2:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed a major reorganization of the federal government on Thursday, calling for merging the education and labor departments, moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and renaming that agency. The plan...
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FILE--In this Jan. 15, 2014, file photo, Colorado state Democratic Senator Mike Johnston listens to testimony during a committee hearing at the Capitol, in Denver. Education is a subterranean divide between Democrats running for governor in two states this year. In California, supporters of charter schools and other "reform" initiatives have given more than $20 million to former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bid, while in Colorado Democrats are similarly divided between a more traditional candidate backed by teachers unions and two others who've pushed school innovations. But the split has been overwhelmed by other red-meat Democratic issues like guns and Trump. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
June 03, 2018 - 12:07 pm
DENVER (AP) — A subterranean divide among Democrats between backers of teachers unions and those of charter schools and other education innovations is helping shape key gubernatorial primaries, even as red-meat issues like guns, inequality and President Donald Trump have dominated the races. In...
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In this photo taken Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Mt. Vernon, Ky., Travis Brenda, a teacher at Rockcastle County High School, speaks during an interview. Brenda, a Republican running for the state House of Representatives, is challenging Jonathan Shell, a key member of the Republican leadership team that has orchestrated the teacher pension bill, the tax increases and the charter school bill. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
May 23, 2018 - 5:41 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Teachers across the country have left their classrooms this spring to protest at state capitols, closing schools to win pay raises and better funding in mostly Republican-controlled states. But their most disruptive act yet may well have come Tuesday night in Kentucky, where a...
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Educators fill Bicentennial Plaza during a teachers rally at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Thousands of teachers rallied the state capital seeking a political showdown over wages and funding for public school classrooms. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 17, 2018 - 9:17 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Teachers in North Carolina, Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia are bringing their fresh political willpower to the midterm elections after going on strike. North Carolina educators on Wednesday became the latest group to organize and rally at their state Capitol to demand increased...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018 file photo, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda take part in an AP interview in Kirkland, Wash. Gates' non-profit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press 2018 analysis of its grants. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
May 16, 2018 - 8:01 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His non-profit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape...
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May 15, 2018 - 12:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Every year Anna Graven dips into her modest teacher salary and spends her own money to buy bulletin boards, pencils, paper, highlighters and tissues for her high school students in Oklahoma City. So do almost all of her colleagues across the nation. Nearly all public school...
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