Science and Politics in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
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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.
CitationSuperfine, B. M., Umpstead, R. R., Mayrowetz, D., Lenhoff, S. W. and Pogodzinski, B. Science and Politics in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Educational Policy. 2018. 32(2): 211-233. 10.1177/0895904817741545.