WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2018) –  Today, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that challenged whether Abood v. Detroit Board of Education should be overruled and public-sector “agency shop” arrangements invalidated under the First Amendment. The question before the Court was the following: “Is it constitutional for a government to force its employees to pay agency fees to an exclusive representative for speaking and contracting with the government over policies that affect their profession?” The majority agreed it is not.

This decision produced mixed responses nationwide. As state and local education agencies, membership organizations, educators, families, and students figure out how Janus will influence their working environments, let us remain diligent in our pursuit to provide a quality learning environment for all stakeholders. The Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) is poised to be a major stakeholder in this national discussion through its support of scholars and students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). CAO’s State of Opportunity Report is a helpful policy resource that provides much-needed insights on issues related to education as well as economic mobility and the criminal justice system. It contains data from an unprecedented survey on what 6,230 people living in fragile communities (in 49 states and the District of Columbia) think about solutions for crime, business, and education.   


About The Center for Advancing Opportunity
The Center for Advancing Opportunity expands educational, social and economic opportunities in our nation’s most fragile communities through original research, educational programs and direct engagement with residents. By listening to different community voices and supporting scholars and students passionate about making a positive difference, we work to empower people eager to put ideas into action and discover mutually beneficial solutions to bolster fragile communities across the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CAO is a research and education initiative born out of a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Charles Koch Foundation, and Koch Industries. The Center supports students and faculty at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as well as other majority colleges and universities to develop research-based solutions to the most pressing issues in fragile communities.

For more information about the Center for Advancing Opportunity, the Summit and the index visit www.advancingopportunity.org.