Archive for Friday, July 6, 2012

Kansas teachers group recommends legislative candidates

July 6, 2012


— With schools facing an uncertain funding future, the Kansas National Education Association released its list of recommended legislative candidates.

The primaries are Aug. 7, and the general election Nov. 6.

The KNEA’s recommended list includes 56 Democrats and 42 Republicans who the KNEA said have pledged to support children.

The candidates are selected based on answers to questionnaires and interviews with teachers from the candidate’s district.

“Those local teachers decide which candidates show the greatest support for public schools; those who will stand up in Topeka for a quality public school for every child,” said Terry Forsyth, KNEA director of political action.

The KNEA said that schools have been harmed by budget cuts in recent years, and that the tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback will devastate the state budget and lead to additional cuts in school programs.

“It’s not just our schools that will suffer if we don’t find the best policymakers,” said KNEA Vice President Karen Godfrey. “Our roads and highways, public safety and vital services for seniors and those with disabilities are all at risk. We simply must elect legislators who are more interested in preserving our Kansas quality of life than in promoting a particular ideology,” Godfrey said.

In the Senate, the KNEA recommended a group of moderate Republicans who have been targeted for defeat by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Locally, the KNEA recommended Sens. Marci Francisco, of Lawrence, Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, and Anthony Hensley of Topeka. All three are Democrats who will face Republican challengers in November.

In local House races, the KNEA recommended Reps. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, and Ann Mah, D-Topeka. Davis and Sloan are unopposed in their re-election bids.

The KNEA said it was continuing to interview candidates and additional recommendations may be coming.


DrQuack 1 year, 9 months ago

Responding to "Just Another Bozo On This Bus": You are absolutely correct! "Performance" is the excuse usually given to get rid of someone who is outside your clique, and whom you dislike for any sort of reason.

And another thought - the first thing to be done to improve our schools should be to instill discipline. What goes on in some of the classrooms in our district is shameful. Some students' behavior would have resulted in a trip to the wood shed with their father many years ago.


Liberal 1 year, 9 months ago

That is the way that everyone in the U.S. Works employment at will. Why should public employees operate any differently then the rest of us....especially since they are paid with our tax dollars.

Having a teacher in place that 'sucks" is no way to improve education making people perform to keep their job is the American Way.

Oh, yeah you despise free enterprise and want to follow the European way. Make teachers compete for the right to stay employed not a guaranteed position until they retire. Tenure is the ultimate unfairness, how many new outstanding teachers are blocked because someone who has no fear of losing their job, does their job half-ass because they know there is zero recourse.

Tell me how that is fair or just or is in the best interest of our children. Competition breeds improvement, lack of competition breeds stagnation.


Liberal 1 year, 9 months ago

Look to Wisconsin, saved their pensions, saved their jobs and saved money. They also get to pay based on performance, fire teachers who are not performing etc...

Reward for performance....what a crime! Be able to fire people who are not performing....Outrageous!


jimincountry 1 year, 9 months ago

Ever get a look at the NEA national leadership? KNEA is just another public union that wants Obama to be re-elected along with other union-backed candidates. NEA is giving teaching a bad name.


jayhawklawrence 1 year, 9 months ago

If you are okay with mediocrity, high dropout percentages and a proliferation of high priced private schools for the children of wealthy parents, vote for a conservative.

Otherwise, vote for moderates if you can find one or Democrats if you cannot.

We don't have very many good choices out there. That is the bottom line. It would be nice to put some people in government who knew how to manage money and who believed in working together to find solutions that benefit the middle class.


jayhawklawrence 1 year, 9 months ago

I like the new stadiums and they were needed. I think this a dead horse we need to stop beating.


kugrad 1 year, 9 months ago

Because you don't understand the laws of the state kansasfaithful, you may not realize that the STATE, not the unions, not the districts, separates money spent on facilities from money spent to teach kids. It is state law, passed by Republicans, and long-standing.


Dan Eyler 1 year, 9 months ago

Teachers are starting to sound like welfare recipients. The old school model is done. We need change. 16% increase in taxes for schools is disaster for the families who have kids in school. Which one of you can afford this? This isn't about kids this is about unions. Go and look at all the new football stadiums, baseball fields and soccer fields with their artificial turf and the 10's of million dollars to fund that and seriously ask your self how short of money these schools are. It was for the kids, right?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 9 months ago

Kansas ranks 49th in economic growth which is one place from Mississippi.

RINO Republicans obviously flunked out in job growth and economics.


bigtoe 1 year, 9 months ago

Interesting list of 56 Libs and 42 RINO products of the public school (NEA) system.


420para 1 year, 9 months ago

Anyone for the teachers unions, are not for the children.


autie 1 year, 9 months ago

Makes you wonder why anybody, not just teachers, would vote Republican. Actually a good bunch of those guys are regular folks who are pretty good legislators. Those eight or nine with the cross hairs placed on them by the Kansas Super PAC chamber of commerce are good examples of the kind I would vote for....Morris, McGinn, Schodorf, Umbarger etc...


Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 9 months ago

A teacher who votes Republican is the same as a chicken who votes for Colonel Sanders!

Over 100,000 Teacher Jobs Lost in Last 12 Months

Such cuts obviously have perilous effects for the nation’s education system and long-term economic health, but it hurts the economy in the short-term too. Teachers are disproportionately women, so the cuts affect a subset of worker that already faces significant disadvantages in the American workplace, and these losses no doubt played a role in the recession’s out-sized impact on female workers.


Patricia Davis 1 year, 9 months ago

Why would a teacher in Kansas ever vote republican?


toe 1 year, 9 months ago

Nice list of anti taxpayer candidates.


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