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Kansas teachers to take lessons from Statehouse back to classrooms

I hope these teachers will take back to their students the full story of the Kansas legislature in action. I hope they make the world ALEC and special interest groups a part of their lesson plans. Of course, now if someone doesn't like what they teach, they can be easily disposed of.

April 7, 2014 at 7:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure

Perhaps this would be beneficial to some people writing here.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/a...

The head line is "You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong." Good headline for you to note, John Graham.

April 6, 2014 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure

You are wrong about this. Negotiated agreements might have such information, but not contracts. Speak of something you know.

April 6, 2014 at 8:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure

Time? Oh, one hour? If teachers went by their contracts, they'd be fired for not doing their jobs.

April 6, 2014 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure

This conversation isn't really what the story is about. Teachers are not teaching just for money and definitely not for fame and glory. This story is about how legislators are not doing what the courts have mandated. They just need to fund schools. Teacher salaries are not a part of this and tenure definitely has no business being in discussions about finances.

April 6, 2014 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure

Obviously you've never seen a teacher contract. Contracts do not spell out all their duties. And once you take away tenure and due process, teachers will have even more duties dumped on them. "Oh, you can do hall duty during your plan period? No? Well, goodbye." That's the kind of thing teachers will be subjected to.

April 6, 2014 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure

The legislative system is failing. Leave the teachers alone. Teaching is about more than salaries. If you understood that, you would not write what you wrote here. Tenure is about more than being replaced. It's about being able to do a job knowing that if you are maligned by an administrator, you have a process in place to be heard. Getting rid of tenure would probably cost the state more because fired teachers would be suing districts.

April 6, 2014 at 8:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate agrees to more money for schools; insists on vouchers, eliminating tenure

If I were a new teacher deciding on where to teach, you think I'd choose Kansas where I know an administrator can fire me without there being due process in place? I'd be crazy to do that. Teachers, as well as other professionals, need to be able to do their jobs without fearing they will lose them if they don't do whatever an administrator might require. Teach, coach, sponsor a club, do hall duty, etc., etc.

April 5, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court orders some school funding increases, sends big question back to lower court

Some of the legislators that support Brownback solidly and have introduced ridiculous bills are from the Shawnee Mission, Olathe and Wichita areas. I'm not sure I'd blame the rural people. Brownback is not going over well in Western Kansas.

March 7, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )