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Statement on Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court Decision

Today, the United States Supreme Court sided with Mr. Mark Janus in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, ruling that it is unconstitutional to force public-sector employees to pay mandatory fees to a union.

“Public employee unions, including teachers unions, have long been able to put the agenda of Big Labor bosses above the needs of the broader membership they serve. No longer forced to fund an organization unaligned with their values, teachers now have the power to consider a union’s agenda on their own terms.

“I am hopeful that the era of teachers union bosses playing politics with our schools will give way to a 21st-century model of education that focuses on the students, not the adults. Today’s decision ushers in a real opportunity to transform education in America.”

 -Governor Jeb Bush, Chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education