* The Maine Education Association’s singular interpretation of the Fifth Amendment came to an end when the union dropped its lawsuit against the state. MEA had claimed that revealing its insurance claims history was unconstitutional under the Takings Clause. “We were just throwing good money after bad in trying to litigate this,” said Christine Burke, executive director of the MEA Benefits Trust. “It just didn’t make sense.”
* A Nevada district court judge struck down a business tax initiative championed by the Nevada State Education Association. The judge ruled that the proposed measure made claims about increased school funding that couldn’t be guaranteed. The tax would apply to businesses that took in more than $1 million in revenue, even if they operated at a net loss. NSEA says it will appeal the ruling to the state supreme court.
* Members of the troubled Broward Teachers Union elected Sharon Glickman as their new president. Glickman easily defeated incumbent vice president Bernie Schultz by a more than 2-to-1 margin. However, only about 24 percent of the union electorate cast a ballot.