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.
Organizers say teachers view recent changes in teacher licensing and loss of administrative due process as an attack on their profession.
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.
Countering those efforts is Americans for Prosperity, an organization founded by Charles and David Koch, which lobbied for many of the changes in teacher laws. The group says Kansans like the changes and want to go further.