fbpx

Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

St. Olaf College states student teachers “must” join union’s pre-professional organization

Students at St. Olaf College are being told they “MUST join EMAE” [Education Minnesota Aspiring Educators] if they are licensure candidates completing field experiences or student teaching with the Education Department.

Education Minnesota—the state’s teachers’ union—runs Education Minnesota Aspiring Educators, a pre-professional organization for college and university students who plan to be teachers. Students are eligible for the student membership if they are enrolled in an Education Minnesota affiliated post-secondary school as an undergraduate or graduate. Annual dues are $25 ($15 for the National Education Association, $10 for Education Minnesota) and then whatever dues the campus chapter charges.

But joining a union or financially supporting a union is not required to get or keep a job in the public sector, teaching included. Nor is it required to become a licensed teacher. In fact, under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, teachers and all other public employees cannot be forced to be union members or pay money to a union if they choose not to.

St. Olaf’s message that its licensure candidates “must” join the union’s organization is improper, and it appears to be in violation of student teachers’ First Amendment rights upheld in the Janus decision.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • Morning in Minnesota: St. Cloud

    Location: St. Cloud

    Sign up HERE! Courtyard by Marriott St. Cloud 404 West Saint Germain Street St. Cloud, MN, 56301 Please join Center of the American Experiment on Tuesday, July 21 for breakfast with Center policy fellow and education expert Catrin Wigfall as she explains K-12 education in the state and its persistent disparities despite decades of increased spending. Following her presentation, Catrin will lead a Q&A session. 7:30 AM Check In and Breakfast 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude   Catrin Wigfall is a Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. She is also the director of EducatedTeachersMN and EmployeeFreedomMN. Catrin’s…

    Register Now
  • Kristi Noem: The Courage to Reject a Shutdown

    Location: Online

    Sign up HERE! Join us Wednesday, July 8th for an interview with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem over Zoom. In response to COVID-19, Noem defied the norm of a statewide shutdown and let South Dakotans choose for themselves what safety precautions to take. Tune in to this live online event to hear how Governor Noem preserved her state’s economy while still keeping citizens safe. Wednesday, July 8th at Noon CT Sign up HERE!  

    Register Now
  • Morning in Minnesota: Marshall

    Location: Marshall Golf Club

      Sign up for this event HERE! Please join Center of the American Experiment on Thursday, July 16 at Marshall Golf Club for a breakfast with Center economist, John Phelan, as he discusses Minnesota’s economic future. Following his presentation, John will lead a Q&A session. 7:30 AM Check In and Breakfast 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude John Phelan is a graduate of Birkbeck College, University of London, where he earned a BSc in Economics, and of the London School of Economics where he earned an MSc. He worked in finance for ten years before becoming a professional economist. He…

    Register Now