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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 06:44 AM PST
The number of states with school choice programs and the number of students who are able to take advantage of these programs have roughly doubled since 2010, and we now have a U.S. Secretary of Education who supports school choice. What will happen on the school choice front in 2018?
In this episode, Paul E. Peterson talks with John Schilling of the American Federation for Children, which promotes school choice by promoting legislation and trying to help elect candidates who support choice.
You can find a print interview with John Schilling on the EdNext blog here.
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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 06:29 AM PST
A key to union success in many states is their ability to collect “agency fees” directly from teachers’ paychecks, whether or not the teachers belong to the union. Unions argue that such fees cover the costs of collective bargaining and therefore benefit all teachers, whether or not they are union members. Opponents of agency fees say they violate teachers’ free-speech rights by exacting money from them even if they don’t support a union presence.
What does the public think of agency fees? The 2017 EdNext poll found that 44% of respondents oppose the practice of requiring teachers to pay fees to unions they choose not to join, while just 37% support the practice. More surprising, perhaps, is the fact that teachers themselves are also more likely to oppose agency fees than to support them, by a narrow 47%–44% margin.
Agency fees are collected in 21 states, but today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus vs. AFSCME, a case that could end the practice.
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