teachers http://kmuw.org en Advocacy Groups To Put Support Behind Pro-Education Candidates Ahead Of Primary Election http://kmuw.org/post/advocacy-groups-put-support-behind-pro-education-candidates-ahead-primary-election <p>Kansas education groups are gearing up their political activities ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election, putting their money and energy behind state House candidates that support public schools.</p><p>Organizers say teachers view recent changes in teacher licensing and loss of administrative due process as an attack on their profession.</p><p>The Kansas National Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, has more than $400,000 to spend this election cycle. Other organizations are going door to door to boost turnout for pro-education candidates.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:11:50 +0000 Associated Press 36730 at http://kmuw.org Kansas BOE: Schools Can Now Hire Teachers Without Education Degrees http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-boe-schools-can-now-hire-teachers-without-education-degrees <p>The State Board of Education has agreed to allow schools to hire teachers for certain subjects who have expertise but no education degree.</p><p>The regulations the board approved Tuesday require teachers to meet one of three criteria:</p><p>1) They would need an out-of-state license and to pass the licensure tests.</p><p>2) At least a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related work experience in science, technology, engineering or math.</p><p>3) An industry-recognized certificate in a technical profession and at least five years of related work experience.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:10:49 +0000 Associated Press 35465 at http://kmuw.org KU Professor Says It May Take Some Time Before Teachers Will Feel The Effects Of Tenure Repeal http://kmuw.org/post/ku-professor-says-it-may-take-some-time-teachers-will-feel-effects-tenure-repeal <p>Major changes to teacher employment laws in Kansas will soon be taking effect, eliminating from state law what many people know as “tenure.”</p><p>That means administrators will be able to be fire teachers more easily.</p><p>It could be several years before we know the full effects of the changes.</p><p></p><p>Under the old rules, Kansas teachers who had been with a district fewer than three years were on probationary status, and could be let go without a reason.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:12:20 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34115 at http://kmuw.org Lawmakers Vote To Make It Easier To Fire Teachers http://kmuw.org/post/lawmakers-vote-make-it-easier-fire-teachers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas Senate has voted to make it easier to fire teachers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The amendment was added to an education funding bill.</p><p>Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, supported the proposal.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">She said schools should be allowed to operate like a private business, which can mostly hire and fire people at will.</span></p><p>"When you have a teacher that is impeding that system I believe an administrator should be able to let them go. That’s what happens in private schools,” said Wagle.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:36:35 +0000 Stephen Koranda 32526 at http://kmuw.org Lawmakers Vote To Make It Easier To Fire Teachers Kansas Board To Revise Teacher Licensing Rules http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-board-revise-teacher-licensing-rules <p></p><p>The State Board of Education has voted to require all Kansas teachers renewing their licenses to submit fingerprints for checks against a state criminal database. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:24:22 +0000 Associated Press 23590 at http://kmuw.org Teacher Bargaining Rights Bills Shelved http://kmuw.org/post/teacher-bargaining-rights-bills-shelved <p>Two bills that would have cut back teachers' bargaining rights have been shelved for this session. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:50:06 +0000 Stephen Koranda 14581 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.22.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-32213 <p><em>Senate approves $14B&nbsp;budget; Bill would allow open carry anywhere in Kansas; Committee authorizes bonds to pay KPERS debt.</em></p><p><strong>Kansas Senate Approves $14B Budget</strong></p><p>The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year.</p><p>Thursday's 24-16 vote sends the measure to the House, which approved its own budget bill Wednesday. Negotiators from the two chambers are expected to begin meeting next week to work out a final version.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:43:33 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 14544 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.22.13 Kan. House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill http://kmuw.org/post/kan-house-committee-takes-union-bargaining-bill <p>A Kansas House committee has heard from supporters and opponents of a bill that would limit the bargaining rights of teachers.</p><p>The legislation would cut back on the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five. Supporters of the change say it will allow administrators to allocate resources and respond to demands on the education system.</p><p>Ken Willard is a member of the Kansas Board of Education and he headed a school efficiency task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:05:59 +0000 Stephen Koranda 13796 at http://kmuw.org Kan. House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill Top Morning News 3.07.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-30713 <p><em>House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.</em></p><p><strong>Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill</strong></p><p>A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/kan-house-committee-takes-union-bargaining-bill">More...</a></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:26:32 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 13799 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.07.13 Kansas House Considers Bill Limiting Teacher's Negotiation Rights http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-house-considers-bill-limiting-teachers-negotiation-rights <p>Kansas legislators returned from a four-day break Wednesday &nbsp;to discuss a bill that would narrow contract negotiations between teachers and public school districts.</p><p><a href="http://House Bill 2027 http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2027/">Substitute House Bill 2027</a> has been criticized by as an "attack on educators" by the Kansas National Education Association.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:31:52 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 13761 at http://kmuw.org