A Conversation with Rebecca Friedrichs: a Trailblazer’s Advice for Empowering Teachers
Teachers in any school setting are on the front lines of educating our most precious resource – our children. How can educational choice enable more flexibility, autonomy, and satisfaction in the teaching profession? How do we empower teachers to have the support necessary to stand up to teachers’ union bosses? Join us to hear from a public school teacher and a national leader in the effort to empower educators and parents with more educational freedom, Rebecca Friedrichs, interviewed by AFC’s Kim Martinez.
Public School Teacher, Author and Activist
Rebecca Friedrichs is the face of a national movement to restore the voices and authority of parents and teachers in America’s schools.
As a twenty-eight-year public school teacher, she was forced to fund state and national teachers’ unions whose politics and divisive tactics degraded her profession, our schools, universities, and our national character. Her seminal lawsuit Friedrichs v California Teachers’ Association, which sought to free educators and all public sector employees from forced unionism, was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on January 11, 2016. Poised to rule 5-4 in Rebecca’s favor, the Court deadlocked after the sudden passing of Justice Scalia. But Rebecca refused to give up. She wrote a new book, Standing Up to Goliath, detailing dozens of powerful personal accounts of teachers standing up to teachers’ union tactics, and also founded For Kids and Country, a national movement of parents, teachers, students, faith leaders, and citizens uniting to restore our schools and culture. Her case trail blazed the way for Janus v AFSCME which won at the US Supreme Court on June 27, 2018 – remarkably Rebecca’s birthday – and successfully ended public-sector forced unionism in America.
She’s appeared in print and on broadcast in local and national outlets such as CBS, FOX News, NBC, FOX Business Network, NPR, The Hill, and the Orange County Register, and she’s the host of a successful Prager University video on why teachers’ unions attack school choice – power and money. Rebecca lives in Southern California with her husband Charles, and their sons Kyle and Ben.