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Kansas teachers’ union to challenge part of education law

June 6, 2014

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— The largest teachers' union in Kansas says it will mount a legal challenge to parts of a new law that will end guaranteed tenure in public schools and encourage corporate funding for private school scholarships.

The Kansas National Education Association announced Friday that it would have a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday at its Topeka headquarters.

The announcement said the legal challenge would cover "aspects" of an education law approved this year by the Republican-dominated Legislature. It was not more specific, and KNEA officials wouldn't comment.

The new law boosts aid to poor school districts, but starting in July, it will end guaranteed teacher tenure. It also grants up to $10 million in tax credits a year to corporations that bankroll private-school scholarships for at-risk children.

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Larry Sturm 6 months, 3 weeks ago

If corporations want to fund schools let them fund public schools most of these private schools have very little oversight.

Richard Heckler 6 months, 3 weeks ago

There are no guarantees that a better education can be accomplished through private schools. This is among the Brownback tools for killing public education. Guidelines are in place.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-van-roekel/exposing-alecs-agenda-to-_b_3223651.html

Richard Heckler 6 months, 3 weeks ago

"$10 million in tax credits a year to corporations that bankroll private-school scholarships for at-risk children."

Can Kansas afford to lose another $10,000,000 in tax dollar revenue? I would say not.

Worker's taxes siphoned off by their bosses - http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723#.UkS9vBaTOX0

--- Rosy Kansas Revenue Numbers Don’t Add Up Steve Rose - a longtime Johnson County columnist Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/29/4922381/rosy-kansas-revenue-numbers-just.html#storylink=cpy

--- New Study Rips Kansas Tax Cuts http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/27/4919129/new-study-rips-kansas-tax-cuts.html

What’s the matter with Kansas Schools http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/opinion/whats-the-matter-with-kansas-schools.html

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/30/5056283/brownbacks-tax-cuts-now-full-blown.html#storylink=cpy

Dan Eyler 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Teachers unions do what for our children? I have no idea. What I do understand about a union is it represents union members. So it becomes obvious that the public educational system is set up by the union's to provide representation for teachers but not children. Unions have become hostile to our children and parents and like most Kansans I believe the less union influence in public schools the better for the children. Stopping the union influence is the first step to representing the children and their parents, and improving the public school system. Unions should not be the group that determines employment in our schools. It doesn't take a union to identify a good teacher. More importantly it doesn't take a union to identify lousy teachers, and it shouldn't take the approval of the union to quickly fire a lousy employee. When unions protect their own they put themselves above the core objective of educating our kids.

David Reber 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Due process doesn't protect the bad folks, it protects the good ones. Or, maybe I'm wrong, and we should do away with that pesky "due process" nonsense in the US Constitution, too?

As for unions, well....there's that pesky Bill of Rights again; with its "freedom of assembly" and "freedom to petition the government" stuff. Just think how much better our schools would be if not for that pesky stuff....

(sarcasm).

Bob Smith 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Little piggies squeal if they think somebody is trying to move them away from the feed trough.

James Howlette 6 months, 3 weeks ago

A very concise explanation of climate change denialism. Unfortunately, you put the comment in the wrong thread.

James Howlette 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Is brownie going to blame national tax policy again when we lose tax revenue for those corporate tax cuts for private schools?

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