Kansas legislators are considering major changes in a state law governing contract negotiations between teachers and school districts, prompting the state's largest teachers union to complain of what it calls a "war" on educators.
Kansas National Education Association President Karen Godfrey said Monday the bill before the House commerce committee would hurt public schools. A hearing on the measure is set for Wednesday.
A two-day workshop in Wichita will offer skills on how to email, text, tweet and post on Facebook. The workshop is designed to build intergenerational bonds around African-American culture and technology.
Lawmakers to consider bill that limits teacher's bargaining rights; Man enters plea in Wichita child exploitation case; Workshop teaches digital skills.
Lawmakers To Take Up Bill That Would Limit Teacher Bargaining
Kansas legislators are considering major changes in a state law governing contract negotiations between teachers and school districts. The state's largest teacher's union is calling it a "war" on educators.
Bills before the state House and Senate would allow charter schools greater freedom and funding opportunities in Kansas.
Now, Kansas has 15 charter schools; they're publicly funded but generally operate independently of school districts. The state had 37 charter schools three years ago, but many closed for financial reasons.
Music Theatre for Young People will present Sweet Charity the Musical, March 8 - 10 at Mary Jane Teall Theater. The production features music by Cy Coleman, lyrics from Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon and is probably familiar to some audiences from the 1969 film adaptation, which starred Shirley MacLaine. Among the musical numbers are “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”
Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Gov. Sam Brownback. Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, says their goal is a long-term elimination of the state's income tax.
A Senate committee recently endorsed a plan that would cut income tax rates. To help balance the budget, it would also eliminate the state's tax deduction for mortgage interest and keep the sales tax elevated.
Wagle says to make the budget work, they will need to make more cuts.
More than 300 people including teachers from Wichita and surrounding districts attended the South-Central Delegation legislative forum held at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita Saturday.
Several issues were raised including the importance of funding public education.
Tracy Callard is an elementary school teacher at Wichita's Horace Mann Duel Language Magnet. Callard says she's very concerned about program cuts.