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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 7 months ago

"If it is shown that certain laws actually interfere with the Education Process, a good case could be made to repeal the law or laws." Senator, Steve Abrams. How about we properly fund our Schools as the Courts have instructed? Come on Kansas Legislature! Do your Jobs! Stop Procrastinating! Doing what is best for our children IS harder than doing what is best for the Koch Regime. Try to find some Back Bone before it is too late for Kansas and its Residents. Give our children at least a chance at a bright future. Give them a chance at an outstanding education! Best investment EVER!

Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

I say the Brownback thinkers and puppets are working their way towards privatization of public schools which of course STILL requires our tax dollars. This extreme agenda wants to develop schools that meet his/their philosophy of right wing economics which is to fund corporate for profit schools with our tax dollars.

How can Kansas have private schools that require our tax dollars? Private business should stand on their own two feet......

Sam Brownback spends a lot of time looking for ways and a variety of words to pull the wool over our eyes. His agenda us still the same.

Sam Brownback has yet to create new employment for all of those state employees he basically fired which is not sound economics.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Privatization will include thousands of teachers being laid off aka pink slip notification.

verity 1 year, 7 months ago

". . . but neither the legislators nor the governor asked practitioners on what this could be. We had no role in writing the law.”

And therein lies the problem with this and pretty much everything else they have done. Not only is it being forced by the governor and legislature without input from concerned and knowledgable parties, it is a cover for another agenda. Either they hope we won't notice or they don't care, thinking they have all the power and we have none.

And apparently they are right. The Kochs bought this state at fire sale prices.

costello 1 year, 7 months ago

"it is a cover for another agenda"

Exactly. We're forced to wonder what the agenda is. What's the angle? Where's this leading? Which campaign donor profits? I suppose we'll soon find out.

weeslicket 1 year, 7 months ago

State Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, and chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said the impetus for the bill came from his conversations with school superintendents

Abrams: “However, it would probably be wise to let districts determine which laws, rules and regs actually interfere with their ability to do their job,” he said. “If it is shown that certain laws actually interfere with the education process, a good case could be made to repeal the law or laws.”

Doll (Lawrence school superintendent): “I don’t know what laws are keeping us from being innovative. I don’t agree with every part of every rule and regulation that governs school districts, but neither the legislators nor the governor asked practitioners on what this could be. We had no role in writing the law.”

thank you mr. abrams, for demonstrating leaderyship at its most finest.

Doug Harvey 1 year, 7 months ago

First, what laws are they exempt from and how do they hinder teaching? It seems to be an important point that needs to be in this story. Second, why should educators trust anything the Brownbackians propose given their track record and their commitment to the far-right wing Koch brothers and school privatization?

verity 1 year, 7 months ago

The article makes the law sound rather ambiguous since people don't seem to know what might happen---like whether they could hire uncertified teachers. I find the paragraph about collective bargaining particularly disturbing.

It's also not at all clear what hoops have to be jumped through to get this designation or whether there might be any monetary kickbacks for doing so.

It will be interesting to see if anybody takes the bait and, if they do, if there will be more lawsuits as schools are forced to cut budgets and use this as an excuse to not follow laws.

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