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April 6, 2017

Kansas Supreme Court rules school funds inadequate

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state, yet again, is not providing adequate funding for public schools. The court ordered lawmakers to devise a plan that would meet constitutional standards by the end of June.

Kentucky GOP OKs charters at public schools’ expense

Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, has signed a law authorizing the creation of unregulated charter schools that will receive public funding at the expense of public schools. The fact that the state would draw on public school funds to pay for the new charters came as a surprise to Democratic lawmakers when the state’s Legislature passed the bill earlier in March.

Supreme Court deals setback to transgender students’ rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has directed a lower court to reconsider its ruling allowing a transgender boy access to the boys’ bathroom at his high school, citing the Trump administration’s recent revocation of federal guidance on the matter. 

Court: Schools must do more for students with disabilities

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22 that public schools must do more to accommodate students with disabilities in one of the most significant special education cases­ to reach the high court in decades.

Republicans roll back ESSA requirements

Congressional Republicans voted in early March to repeal crucial regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act in favor of leaving education policy largely in the hands of state governments.

March 2, 2017

Upstate NY chemical plant workers end long strike

A strike at the Momentive chemical plant in upstate New York came to an end on Feb. 14 as workers voted to approve a new labor contract.

Opposition to Connecticut’s school aid redistribution plan

Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy’s proposal to redistribute state school funding from wealthier areas to struggling cities has sparked opposition from well-off towns that are concerned about footing more of the bill.

Unions seek to overturn Missouri’s right-to-work law

A bid to put Missouri’s new anti-union right-to-work law to a vote of the people was temporarily scuttled on Feb. 21 when the Republican state attorney general rejected the petition because parts of the proposal were not properly punctuated and underlined.

California lawsuit targets teachers union’s funding

The right-wing group behind the anti-union Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association lawsuit has filed a nearly identical lawsuit in hopes of reaching a different result once a Supreme Court justice appointed by President Trump is seated.

Right-to-work bill fails in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected a right-to-work bill in a 200 –77 vote, with 32 Republicans joining every Democrat in voting down the bill. The legislation would have blocked public- and private-sector unions from collecting fair-share fees.

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