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Doug Harvey 11 months, 2 weeks 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?

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Paul R Getto 11 months, 3 weeks ago

This is what happens when you use word games to disguise theology and privatization as legislation. There are many other examples, state and federal.

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weeslicket 11 months, 3 weeks 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.

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verity 11 months, 3 weeks 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.

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 3 weeks 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.

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Paul R Getto 11 months, 3 weeks ago

More smoke and mirrors from the wierd muscularjesusperson crowd. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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Thomas Bryce 11 months, 3 weeks 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!

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