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Stripping of teachers’ due process worrisome

Published on -4/13/2014, 6:11 AM

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Kansas teachers, you just got screwed. Parents and students, you did too. The legislature just passed a bill that strips teachers of their due process rights. Teachers now can be fired, without recourse and without explanation, for just about anything: If you’ve been teaching a long time and earn a higher wage than a new college graduate, if you gave the lead in the school play to someone other than the mayor’s kid, or if an administrator just doesn’t like you. 

You no longer get a hearing in front of an impartial third party who will review the facts and make a professional decision. Nope, you’re just out. How will we get the best teachers to work in Kansas if they have a sword swinging over their head every moment? This bill never was made public; no public notice was sent; no public comment allowed. The Senate, late at night, secretly slipped this provision into a funding bill (this wasn’t all: Now math and science teachers won’t need to be certified, among other things), and passed it, as did the House. 
Gov. Brownback could veto this law, but he actually he likes it. Brownback is an enemy of education, as are those who voted for this despicable bill. In November, vote them out.
Connie Owen
Overland Park

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