Kansas National Education Association

Education
10:58 am
Tue September 23, 2014

KS Attorney General Wants Teachers' Union Lawsuit Dismissed

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants to get a lawsuit by the state's largest teachers' union over a new law that ends guaranteed tenure in public schools dismissed.

Schmidt filed his request Monday in Shawnee County District Court in response to the Kansas National Education Association's lawsuit.

The attorney general says the KNEA has no standing to sue over the tenure law because it is not directly harmed. He also argues the union can't show that any individual has been harmed since the law took effect in July.

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Education
12:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

KNEA Files Suit Over Kansas Teacher Due Process

The state's largest teachers' union has filed a legal challenge to a law that makes it easier to fire teachers.

The bill eliminates a due process hearing that guaranteed most teachers a chance to appeal a dismissal.

The Kansas National Education Association's attorney, David Schauner, says lawmakers included policy changes and appropriations in the same bill, and the Kansas Constitution doesn't allow that.

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Politics
6:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Brownback, Santorum Greeted By Protesters In Visit To Wichita

Members of the Kansas National Education Association were joined by other local unions and voter rights groups in their protest of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas gubernatorial race is in full swing—incumbent Sam Brownback took his campaign to a movie theater in east Wichita Monday afternoon. Joining him was former presidential hopeful and Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Greeting them were teachers protesting an education bill signed into law in April.  

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Politics
5:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Education Funding Ruling May Prompt Constitutional Change

Lawmakers are sworn in on the first day of the 2013 legislative session.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Education funding took center stage on the first day of the 2013 Kansas legislative session.

Lawmakers returned to Topeka just days after a district court ruled that the state needs to increase school funding. Some lawmakers may try to change the Kansas Constitution in response to the ruling.

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Education
11:56 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Kansas School Boards Want To Change Union Bargaining

The Kansas Association of School Boards says it wants teacher evaluations to be separate from union negotiations.

The association voted at its convention last week to lobby lawmakers to remove evaluations from items that must be negotiated with teachers.

Kansas school districts currently are changing the evaluation process for educators and administrators.

By the 2014-2015 school year, districts must meet several federal requirements, including evaluating teachers based in part on students' progress.

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