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Education
1:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Advocacy Groups To Put Support Behind Pro-Education Candidates Ahead Of Primary Election

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.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Kansas BOE: Schools Can Now Hire Teachers Without Education Degrees

The State Board of Education has agreed to allow schools to hire teachers for certain subjects who have expertise but no education degree.

The regulations the board approved Tuesday require teachers to meet one of three criteria:

1) They would need an out-of-state license and to pass the licensure tests.

2) At least a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related work experience in science, technology, engineering or math.

3) An industry-recognized certificate in a technical profession and at least five years of related work experience.

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Education
10:12 am
Wed May 7, 2014

KU Professor Says It May Take Some Time Before Teachers Will Feel The Effects Of Tenure Repeal

Major changes to teacher employment laws in Kansas will soon be taking effect, eliminating from state law what many people know as “tenure.”

That means administrators will be able to be fire teachers more easily.

It could be several years before we know the full effects of the changes.

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.

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Education
10:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Lawmakers Vote To Make It Easier To Fire Teachers

Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Senate has voted to make it easier to fire teachers. 

The amendment was added to an education funding bill.

Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, supported the proposal. She said schools should be allowed to operate like a private business, which can mostly hire and fire people at will.

"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.

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Board of Education
5:24 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kansas Board To Revise Teacher Licensing Rules

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.

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Legislation
3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Teacher Bargaining Rights Bills Shelved

Two bills that would have cut back teachers' bargaining rights have been shelved for this session.

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News
5:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Top Morning News 3.22.13

Senate approves $14B budget; Bill would allow open carry anywhere in Kansas; Committee authorizes bonds to pay KPERS debt.

Kansas Senate Approves $14B Budget

The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

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.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Kan. House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

There was standing room only for a committee hearing on a bill that would limit Kansas teacher's bargaining rights.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

A Kansas House committee has heard from supporters and opponents of a bill that would limit the bargaining rights of teachers.

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.

Ken Willard is a member of the Kansas Board of Education and he headed a school efficiency task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback.

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News
5:26 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Top Morning News 3.07.13

House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.

Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

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.

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Education
2:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kansas House Considers Bill Limiting Teacher's Negotiation Rights

Kansas legislators returned from a four-day break Wednesday  to discuss a bill that would narrow contract negotiations between teachers and public school districts.

Substitute House Bill 2027 has been criticized by as an "attack on educators" by the Kansas National Education Association.

The House Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development considered the bill today . The measure would reduce the number of issues that teachers could negotiate with local school boards.

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