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Teachers see Holocaust education as orientation to civic responsibility

On Board Online • July 23, 2018

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

and

Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

The philosopher George Santayana famously said that those who do not remember the past "are condemned to repeat it." Let's hope that's not always true, because here's a sobering statistic: 22 percent of Millenials haven't heard of the Holocaust.

Asked what Auschwitz was, 66 percent of Millenials and 41 percent of all U.S. adults could not identify it as a concentration camp, according to the 2018 Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study.


What the Janus decision means to your school district

On Board Online • July 23, 2018

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

In one of its most important labor law decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court declared on June 27 that mandatory payment of "agency fees" to public sector unions is unconstitutional. In Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, the court ruled that it is a violation of the First Amendment for a public employee who is a non-union member to be required to financially support the union that negotiates with his or her employer.

An "agency fee" is often referred to as a "service fee" and is roughly equal to regular union dues less any reduction of monies attributable to union political activity.


Questions and answers on payroll deductions for union dues in light of the Janus decision

On Board Online • July 23, 2018

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

State law requires school districts and other employers to make payroll deductions for union dues and agency fees (union dues minus the cost of lobbying or other political representation). This obligation will be significantly affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 and its interplay with New York State's "Taylor Law."

Under Janus, agency fees are no longer compulsory for non-union members who fall within the parameters of a bargaining unit, but may continue to be paid on a voluntary basis upon affirmative consent by the employee.


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