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Joshua Dunn is professor of political science at the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs. His research focuses on judicial policymaking and in particular the influence of the courts on education. He is the author of Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins (University of North Carolina Press 2008) and the co-editor, with Martin West, of From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education (Brookings 2009). He also authors a quarterly article on law and education for Education Next.

Published Articles & Media

Memo to Teachers’ Unions: Now Might Be a Good Time to Start Panicking

In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association

Fool’s Gold

Office of Civil Rights takes on school finance

A Tribute to Martha Derthick

With Martha Derthick’s passing on January 12, 2015, America lost one of its preeminent scholars of American politics.

Who Needs the Law When You Have OCR?

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights lacks any reasonable legal foundation for its adventures in educational management.

Modern Maturity for Charter Schools

Litigation shows they have arrived

Collective Panic

Court decision terrifies unions

Script Doctors

A compelling play on the wrong stage?

Bayou Backdown?

Obama administration retreats on vouchers

Ballots Not Barristers

Arizona case shows limits of litigation

Paycheck Protection

Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions

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