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California middle school teacher draws scrutiny for giving students gender identity cards

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A middle school science teacher in California caused an uproar this week for giving his students a “Gender Unicorn” sheet that explained gender identity and sexual attraction.

Luis Davila Alvarado, who teaches at Denair Middle School in California’s San Joaquin Valley, passed out the paper on Wednesday so his students could understand why he uses “Mx.” rather than “Mr.,” the Modesto Bee reported.

The activity was part of a “getting to know each other” exercise on the first day of school, Denair Unified School District Superintendent Terry Metzger told the paper.

“He gave a handout discussing gender in [his] first and second periods. It was not an assignment and students were not required or asked to fill it out,” Metzger said.

The handout, provided by Trans Student Education Resources, shows a simple drawing of a unicorn, with a chart explaining gender and sex, as well as sexual and emotional attraction.

Metzger said the school’s principal happened to be in Alvarado’s classroom during his second period and “directed him to stop distributing it.”

At least 50 students received the handouts, Metzger said. Per California’s public school curriculum, gender identity is discussed during health classes but not science classes.

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A handful of parents called the school with complaints.

“I’ve talked to a lot of parents and a lot of grandparents and I know a lot of them have called the school and complained about it,” grandmother Tammy Stout told Sacramento’s Fox 40.

“I don’t care what your identity as, that’s your decision. But NO ONE has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom,” wrote one of the student’s parents on Facebook.

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Another person commented: “Let’s say the kids are confused about what to call him/her. How in the hell does this … clear up any confusion about him/her?!?! What a crock of s—!”

School officials would not comment on any disciplinary actions taken against Alvarado.

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Ohio school scrubs 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque after atheists complain

An Ohio middle school removed a 1920s-era Ten Commandments plaque after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about it.

The Wisconsin-based group that promotes separation of church and state and nontheism called the Joseph Welty Middle School plaque a “flagrant violation” of the First Amendment. The group claims a concerned district parent complained to FFRF that the plaque was prominently displayed near the auditorium entrance of the New Philadelphia, Ohio school.

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“The district’s promotion of the Judeo-Christian bible and religion over nonreligion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student into an outsider,” Christopher Line, representing FFRF, wrote in an April letter to the school. “Schoolchildren already feel significant pressure to conform to their peers. They must not be subjected to similar pressure from their schools, especially on religious questions.”

The class of 1926 gifted the plaque to the middle school. But the gift has been scrubbed from the building, according to school officials.

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“In speaking with the district, it is my understanding that the plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property,” Brian J. DeSantis, an attorney representing the school district, wrote in a June 19 email to the FFRF.

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Joseph Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio removed a Ten Commandments plaque after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. (Google Maps)

The FFRF celebrated the removal of the Ten Commandments.

“We applaud the district for taking action to remedy this violation,” FFRF co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a statement. “Students in our public schools are free to practice any religion they choose — or none at all. In America, we live under the First Amendment, not the Ten Commandments.”

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But the New Philadelphia Schools Superintendent David Brand said he disagrees with the FFRF’s approach.

“With over 90 years on display, the plaque is recognized as part of the tradition and history of New Philadelphia City Schools,” Brand said in a statement, according to the Times Reporter newspaper.

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Brand laments the “costs” it would be on local taxpayers and the “burden” on school officials. He said he plans to challenge the decision.

“Rather than engaging FFRF in an action where the community’s resources are at stake, the district will consider filing an amicus brief in a forthcoming case on the matter,” he said.

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Woman suing Harvard over slave portraits gains support of controversial prof’s relatives

A Connecticut woman suing Harvard University for 19th-century images of slaves she says were her ancestors has been backed by descendants of the professor who commissioned the images in a bid to prove blacks were inferior to whites.

On Thursday, 43 of Louis Agassiz’s descendants, several of whom have degrees from Harvard, delivered a letter to university President Lawrence Bacow and the Board of Overseers asking the university to return daguerreotypes of an enslaved African man named Renty, and his daughter, Delia, to plaintiff Tamara Lanier.

The images, which Agassiz commissioned in 1850, are believed to be the earliest known photographs of slaves.

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This copy of a 1850 Daguerreotype shows Renty, a South Carolina slave. (Courtesy of Harvard University/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)

Lanier, who says she is Renty’s great-great-great granddaughter, sued Harvard in March for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of images. Her suit, filed in the state court, demands that Harvard give back the photos, acknowledge her ancestry and pay unspecified damages. Harvard continues to profit from the images, the suit says.

The letter from Aggasiz’s relatives argued that the Swiss-born biologist’s racist beliefs were used to justify slavery by those who profited from it, the family said.

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Tamara Lanier holds an 1850 photograph of Renty, a South Carolina slave who Lanier claims is her great-great-great grandfather. (John Shishmanian/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)

“For too many years, we have ignored Agassiz’s role in promoting a pseudoscientific for white supremacy,” the letter informs. “We see this as a collective failure to live up to our values of anti-racism and compassion. Now is the time to name, acknowledge and redress the harm done by Louis Agassiz.”

Lanier welcomed the support of Agassiz’s family.

“We hope that the lesson of confronting the past head on is one that Harvard can learn from Papa Renty,” she said in a statement.” Slave owners profited from his suffering – it’s time for Harvard to stop doing the same thing to our family.”

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Harvard spokeswoman Rachel Dane said in an email to The Associated Press that Harvard “cannot comment on the subject of ongoing litigation,” but added that Harvard “has and will continue to come to terms with and address its historic connection to slavery.”

The images are currently kept in a special storage room at Harvard’s Peabody Museum due to their fragility.

Fox News’ Francesca Walton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘The View’ slams Kyle Kashuv over offensive texts: ‘He could go to Trump University’

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“The View” co-hosts ripped Parkland student Kyle Kashuv Tuesday for racist, misogynist and anti-Semitic texts he wrote in a chatroom when he was 16 that led Harvard University to rescind his acceptance.

One even joked he can still go to “Trump University.”

“Well, it was only two years ago. I’m just sayin’,” liberal co-host Joy Behar said in reaction to Kashuv’s apology.

Behar acknowledged that Kashuv is a “very bright kid” and noted his GPA and SAT scores were higher than his gun control advocate classmate David Hogg, who also was accepted to Harvard.

Frequent guest host Ana Navarro said she was “torn” about the controversy, adding that Kashuv was only 16 at the time and was “apologetic.” But she also pointed to Harvard’s recent treatment of ten other students whose admissions were reversed due to offensive social media posts.

“Kyle, the bad news is you can’t go to Harvard if you’re a sexist misogynist, but you can grow up to become president,” Navarro told the Parkland student, sparking a reaction from the audience.

“That’s true,” Behar added. “He could go to Trump University. They’d take him.”

Liberal co-host Sunny Hostin said she was also “on the fence” since teenagers aren’t “fully-formed human beings,” but recalled what her 16-year-old son told her about a similar incident that happened in his school where kids “repeatedly said the n-word on video.”

“He did not want to go to school with those kids any longer,” Hostin said. “And he said, ‘what about my feelings if I go to Harvard and I have to sit next to that kid and I know that he would call me an ‘n-word jock’… And Gabriel, your feelings do matter.”

Hostin concluded that Harvard “did the right thing” and that in this country “we hold young people accountable for their actions,” invoking teenagers who have committed crimes and gone to prison “for the rest of their lives.”

Meghan McCain, however, offered a more nuanced view, telling her co-hosts Kashuv should have known better at 16 than to use such language. But she also slammed the “online mob” that pressured Harvard into rescinding his acceptance.

“I don’t know anymore,” McCain said. “I had a really hard time coming up with how I feel because I don’t think it’s too much to ask to not say the n-word from young people… but I also think your life shouldn’t be ruined for some dumb crap stuff you had done at 16.”

“But it was only two years ago,” Behar shot back. “It’s not like he did this 20 years ago.”

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“This is the other thing that was confusing me,” Hostin chimed in. “He says these anti-Semitic things as well. His parents are Jewish. He’s Jewish.”

“Oh, so he’s a self-hating Jew?” Behar joked. “Look at how high this kid’s I.Q. is, he was dumb enough to put that in writing.”

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MSNBC contributor makes shocking claim that Kyle Kashuv’s online posts are similar to those of a mass shooter

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MSNBC contributor David Jolly shockingly suggested on Tuesday that the social media messages written by Parkland student Kyle Kashuv sounded like ones of a mass shooter and he “deserves a closer look” as to whether the pro-Second Amendment advocate should be able to purchase a firearm.

Jolly began by telling MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle that he has taken a “harder line” in the debate over whether or not Harvard should have rescinded Kashuv’s acceptance after racist and anti-Semitic messages written by the student when he was 16 years old emerged. The former Congressman said today’s political leaders have given “greater permission” to people with “racist feelings,” and heralded the importance of Harvard taking a stand.

Then he launched into the more shocking part of his statements, comparing the Parkland survivor’s online language to that of mass shooters.

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“My immediate reaction when I really dug into this, these are the social media postings we see of a shooter and we ask, ‘Where were the signs?’ See something, Say something. We see a shooter, and then we go back and look at social media posts and this is exactly what we see,” Jolly said.

“I understand the sensitivity of this man toward Parkland. I’m not a mental health professional to assess him on those grounds but what I’m suggesting… “

“But Congressman, is that too far?” Ruhle interrupted. “Can you make that a leap like that?”

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“It is not. No, Jolly responded, “because if an incident were to occur — and I‘m not saying it will with this young man — but these are the exact posts we find of people, particularly those who advocate for stronger gun rights, who has been given an audience with the President of the United States in the Oval Office, by Nikki Haley as well, by Vice President Mike Pence, who was an invited guest to a rally to speak for Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis, who was a speaker at the NRA recently… you have to question how do we promote somebody with these social media posts in their background.”

The ex-lawmaker concluded by saying Kashuv “deserves redemption” but also “deserves a closer look if someone with this profile should be able to purchase a firearm under the gun laws in the United State.”

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Kashuv has repeatedly apologized for his offensive messages, insisting he has “transformed” into a better human being since the deadly 2018 shooting in Parkland.

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Education Department to probe UNC-Duke conference on Gaza after allegations of anti-Semitism emerge

The Department of Education will investigate the potential bias of a taxpayer-funded college conference which the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill hosted in partnership with Duke University earlier this year, after allegations of anti-Semitism surfaced at the event, according to a letter obtained Monday by Fox News.

Rep. George Holding, a North Carolina Republican, told Fox News in a statement that he had sent a letter to Education Secretary Besty DeVos in April about the March conference entitled “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities.”

Holding claimed the conference featured “severe anti-Israeli bias and explicit anti-Semitism.”

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Education Secretary Besty DeVos is investigating the potential bias of a taxpayer-funded college conference after concerns raised by Republican Rep. George Holding of North Carolina. (Getty/George Holding, File)

In his letter to DeVos, the congressman said about the conference, “Reportedly, speakers and panelists distorted facts and misrepresented the complex situation in Gaza.” He added: “Examination of the official program reveals that several of the conference’s speakers are actively involved in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.”

He also alleged that a rapper performed a brazenly anti-Semitic song at the conference.

The event’s organizers did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

The conference used $5,000 in grant money from the Education Department, The Raleigh News & Observer reported.

DeVos wrote to Holding that: “Grantees must use funds to support activities that ‘reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of vires and generate debate on world regions and international affairs.’”

She added: “I am troubled by the concerns outlined in your letter. In order for the Department to learn more about this matter, I have directed the Office of Postsecondary Education to examine the use of funds under this program to determine if the Consortium violated the terms and conditions of its grant.”

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The Education Department did not comment to Fox News.

Holding told Fox News: “I’d like to thank Secretary DeVos for treating this matter with the seriousness and attention it deserves. I hope we can all agree that it is irresponsible and immoral for taxpayer dollars to fund overtly biased advocacy under the guise of constructive academic discourse.”

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Bill Maher scolds ‘social justice warriors’ over Oberlin lawsuit: ‘There’s a price to pay’

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday’s show slammed the “social justice warriors” at Ohio‘s Oberlin College, a school recently ordered to pay $44 million to resolve a libel dispute stemming from a shoplifting incident at a nearby bakery.

“Social justice warriors … are finally finding that maybe there’s a price to pay [for political correctness],” Maher said during the show’s panel segment. The liberal comedian has long argued that political correctness does more harm than good to the cause of liberalism.

“Social justice warriors … are finally finding that maybe there’s a price to pay.”

— Bill Maher

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Some students and faculty at Oberlin College had launched a boycott against Gibson’s Bakery, allegedly accusing a bakery employee of racism after some black teens were suspected of shoplifting. The boycott reportedly caused the business to take a financial hit. But after the teens pleaded guilty roughly a year later, a jury found the university guilty of libel resulting in the school’s financial penalty.

During the “Real Time” panel segment, New York Times columnist Bari Weiss stressed that social media comments on Twitter and other platforms can cause “reputational damage.”

NeverTrump conservative commentator Charlie Sykes added that the “bullying” culture and the “calling you out” mentality have intensified in recent years.

“I’m tired of the term ‘political correctness’,” Sykes said later. “It’s like ‘performative wokeness.’ In our mono-culture, we have to find a way to humiliate, to drive people out that we disagree with, and I will tell you that there’s a huge backlash. … The folks on the right were bailing on liberalism. … They’re basically saying that, ‘The Left wants to destroy you, they hate you, they want to take away your rights, they want to destroy your business.’ Unfortunately, you have anecdotes like this that make it that plausible.”

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“How do we get mainstream liberals to stand up that faction?” Maher asked.

Sykes responded by pointing to remarks made by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democrat who is seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Sykes described Buttigieg as a potential “bridge” builder between the LGBT community and Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain linked to several LGBT-related controversies.

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White yoga teacher holding class for white people to learn how white supremacy is in their ‘body, mind and heart’

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A white Seattle yoga instructor is holding a class geared exclusively towards white people to teach how white supremacy is prevalent in their “body, mind and heart.”

Laura Humpf, a 39-year-old yoga teacher since 2004, publicized an “Undoing Whiteness” yoga class this spring in which white people would learn to “unpack the harmful ways white supremacy is embedded” in the society and how they continue to perpetuate it.

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“I do stand behind white people needing to talk to other white people on how to undo whiteness. Can I keep refining it and doing it differently and better? Yeah, and I will forever and ever. But I believe in this space as one tool,” she told the Seattle Times.

“I do stand behind white people needing to talk to other white people on how to undo whiteness. Can I keep refining it and doing it differently and better? Yeah, and I will forever and ever. But I believe in this space as one tool.”

— Laura Humpf

She added that her class includes yoga postures and readings from a book aimed at helping white people to deal with race-based conversations.

The inspiration for the new classes came after noticing how white people appeared in yoga spaces “in racist ways.”

“I was seeing white people show up in yoga spaces in racist ways,” Humpf told the Times, pointing to white yoga instructors who apparently made racially-charged jokes, as well as saying “all lives mattered in yoga, so why see color.”

She also said an Indian meditation master was controversially removed from the Northwest Yoga Conference.

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Her class tries to neutralize defensiveness, perfectionism and the “white savior complex” as participants try to physically interpret words such as “oppression” and “liberation.”

“I was seeing white people show up in yoga spaces in racist ways.”

— Laura Humpf

Multiple people, including local radio hosts, have already mocked Humpf over the class, especially for gearing it towards exclusively for white people, according to the Times.

This also isn’t the first time Humpf’s yoga classes have come under fire. Four years ago, she was criticized for discrimination after organizing a class for only people of color only while excluding white people. Due to the backlash, she canceled the classes.

She told the newspaper that her class didn’t discriminate and was just a practice of voluntarily congregating by race to dismantle white supremacy.

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Despite the backlash, Humpf said she will continue moving with the new class.

“The truth is that we all are one. There’s a divinity that connects us as human beings. But the reality is that we’re in different bodies so we experience the world in very different ways.”

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Alan Dershowitz slams Harvard’s decision to drop Weinstein lawyer as dean: ‘new McCarthyism’

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz called the school’s decision to drop Ronald Sullivan Jr. from his role as dean of a residential house after he joined Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense team “the new McCarthyism.”

Dershowitz reacted in a series of tweets Sunday, “The new McCarthyism comes to Harvard. The firing of Dean Sullivan reminds me of the bad old days when lawyers were fired for representing communists, gay people, civil rights demonstrators and women seeking abortions.”

Sullivan, a Harvard Law professor, signed on to become one of Weinstein’s lawyers in January, which sparked outrage from many students at Winthrop House – the Harvard residential college where Sullivan has worked since 2009. He has lived and supervised students at the house.

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In a written statement Saturday, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana said he would not renew the appointments of Ronald Sullivan and his wife, Stephanie Robinson, a law school lecturer, when their term ends on June 30, citing “numerous” concerns about the climate at Winthrop House, which he described as “serious.”

The couple became the first black faculty deans in Harvard history when they took their positions at Winthrop ten years ago.

Some students and faculty members have criticized Sullivan’s decision to represent Weinstein and his response to students’ concerns.

In February, more than 50 students protested, demanding that Sullivan resign or be removed as dean of Winthrop House, according to the university’s newspaper.

The next month, graffiti calling for Sullivan’s resignation appeared on a Harvard building.

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Khurana called the situation regrettable and said efforts to improve the climate were ineffective.

A few minutes after his initial tweet, Dershowitz wrote, “This may be the worst violation of academic freedom during my 55 year association with Harvard. Any student who feels ‘unsafe’ in the presence of Dean Sullivan and his wife does not belong at a university.”

He added, “’Feeling unsafe’ is the new mantra of the new McCarthyism. It’s an excuse for firing anyone, from a Republican to a Muslim,” invoking Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin Republican linked to the post-World War II “Red Scare.” McCarthy served in the Senate from 1947 until his death in 1957.

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Alan Dershowitz, seen here, slammed Harvard’s decision to drop a dean representing Harvey Weinstein. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, File)

Later, he tweeted, “If the students who demanded the firing of Sullivan had been around in 1776, John Adams would have been fired as an author of the Declaration because he made them feel unsafe for representing the Brits accused of the Boston Massacre. Shame on these student McCarthyites.”

Harvard did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Dershowitz’s reaction.

Sullivan and Robinson said in an email that they were “surprised” and “dismayed” by the Ivy League school’s decision not to renew their appointments as residential deans. They said Harvard unilaterally ended discussions that they believed had been progressing.

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Robinson and Sullivan were “dismayed” by Harvard’s move. (Youtube/BlackPrelaw, The Associated Press, File)

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Weinstein is charged with raping an unidentified female acquaintance in his hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. He pleaded not guilty and was freed on $1 million bail. His trial is scheduled to begin June 3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Special ed teacher suing California union in case that could cost labor big

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A California educator is battling a state teachers’ union over his problems leaving the organization, in what his attorneys say could be a precedent-setting legal case that ultimately forces labor unions across the country to reimburse billions in back dues to their members.

Tommy Few, a special education teacher at Sepulveda Middle School in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, filed suit late last year against the United Teachers of Los Angeles – along with the Los Angeles Unified School District and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra – claiming his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association were violated when he tried to leave the UTLA following last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

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That ruling invalidated mandatory fees for non-members. But as a result, some unions members like Few also found themselves having second thoughts about staying on board once they learned they could save some money — only to run into problems renouncing their membership.

“When I found out that I didn’t have to be in the union and have those dues deducted from my paycheck every month, I wanted out,” Few told Fox News. “But they tried to tell me that I could only leave during their opt-out window and that I still had to pay the dues.”

Few said that despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Janus case – a 5-4 decision last June that said public employees can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining – he faced an uphill battle trying to resign his membership from UTLA and get the school district to stop withholding dues from his paycheck.

At first, they didn’t respond to his requests. Then, when he pursued litigation, the union agreed to tell the school district to stop collecting dues from him and reimbursed him for all the dues paid post-Janus.

But Few is now seeking reimbursement for dues paid since he became a teacher.

At the heart of UTLA’s argument for continuing to deduct part of Few’s wages is a clause in the California Teachers Association’s membership enrollment form, which Few signed when he took the job and joined the union, that “the agreement to pay dues continues from year to year, regardless of my membership status” — unless the member sends a written notice opting out “not less than thirty (30) days and not more than sixty (60) days before the annual anniversary date of this agreement.”

UTLA, an affiliate of the CTA, did not respond to multiple calls from Fox News for comment, but in a letter sent to Few just weeks after the teacher’s lawyers at the Liberty Justice Center and the California Policy Center filed suit, union Executive Director Jeff Good referenced the enrollment form Few signed and noted that the affirmative consent form “is separately enforceable and effective apart from your membership.”

Good added that “rather than expend dues money on litigation” and because prior conversations had “inadvertently generated confusion,” UTLA requested the school district stop taking dues out of Few’s paychecks and reimbursed him $433.31 for the dues deducted since Few sought to leave the union.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment, while the LAUSD said in a statement that the district’s superintendent was only added to the suit for “technical reasons so that in the event [Few] prevails on his claims against UTLA, the Court could adjust any deductions that have been or would be withheld by Los Angeles Unified and provided to UTLA.”

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Despite the gesture by UTLA, Few and his legal team continue to pursue the lawsuit – which besides arguing that Few’s First Amendment rights were violated also seeks back dues to the date when he was hired – as they see his case as one that could ultimately end up in the Supreme Court and affect the future of labor union membership, and their bottom line, for decades to come.

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Tommy Few after receiving his letter from UTLA and his refund check.

“We’re hoping the court will see the obstacles unions can put in place and we workers to be able to express their intent to leave the union and be able to leave,” Mark Bucher, the chief executive officer of the California Policy Center and one of Few’s lawyers, told Fox News. “It should be crystal clear that a worker can get out of the union at any time they want and that unions can’t put restrictions and limitations on when someone can leave.”

Few’s case, which is currently being argued in federal court in the Central District of California, is among a slew of lawsuits that have been filed since the Janus ruling last summer arguing that unions have not fully complied with Janus and/or seeking refunds for workers. California teachers alone represent a huge chunk of those lawsuits.

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In January, another Los Angeles-area teacher, Irene Seager, filed a lawsuit similar to Few’s seeking a refund for her back dues and challenging UTLA’s authority to limit dues opt-outs for employees to an annual window of just 30 days.

Six teachers in Northern California’s Freemont Unified School District filed suit in March against the CTA and Becerra amid claims that they were never informed that they were no longer required to have $1,500 in annual union dues deducted from their pay.

In a court filing, lawyers representing the teachers argued that the unions “regularly divert a portion of wages to financially support the unions and their political activity,” and that the teachers “never gave legally valid consent for these deductions and have expressly objected to the deductions.”

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And last week, a class-action lawsuit filed on the behalf of nine government worker plaintiffs and a class of more than 2,700 workers seeks to force unions to refund hundreds of millions of dollars in agency fees paid by thousands of workers nationwide prior to the Janus ruling.

“We’re putting the band back together,” Liberty Justice Center President Patrick Hughes told Fox News. “The argument is once something is deemed to be unconstitutional [in the civil context] — agency fees — then they’re deemed to be retroactively unconstitutional. … We’re taking the position that those fees should be refunded to those nonmembers.”

While union membership has been on the decline for decades, their power has remained strong in the public sector. Of the 16 percent of U.S. employees working in the public sector, more than one-third are still unionized – compared with just over 6 percent in the private sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Following the Janus ruling, union leaders argued that so-called fair share fees pay for collective bargaining and other work the union does on behalf of all employees, not just its members. More than half the states already have right-to-work laws banning mandatory fees, but most members of public-employee unions are concentrated in states that don’t, including California, New York and Illinois.

At the time of the Janus ruling, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement that the decision would “further empower the corporate elites in their efforts to thwart the aspirations of millions of working people standing together for a better life.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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