Sound Off: Teacher contracts
Do teachers in Lawrence have the right to negotiate their own individual contracts with the school board, or do they have to be represented?
Lawrence school district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said the Lawrence Education Association is the recognized bargaining unit for teachers in the Lawrence school district. LEA is a local affiliate of the Kansas National Education Association. According to Mark Desetti of the KNEA explains that under the Kansas Professional Negotiations Act (K.S.A. 72-5415), whenever a professional association such as LEA is recognized by a majority of the professional employees in a district, that association becomes the exclusive representative to negotiate contracts for all teachers within that district.