- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama school systems will have to stop collecting dues for the state’s largest teachers’ group under a new court order.

Shelby County Circuit Judge Bill Bostick approved an agreement Thursday that means systems can’t collect money for the Alabama Education Association after June 30 without special certification.

The order came in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by a Hoover woman who claimed officials were moving too slowly to implement a Republican-backed law that forbids payroll deduction to political groups.

AEA has called the law a political attack launched by Republicans on the organization. It was passed in 2010.

A federal court blocked enforcement of the law, but that was order was lifted. The judge’s order says the plaintiff’s lawyers and education officials worked out the timetable for implementation.

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