TKC READER EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS TEACHER REAX TO TENURE ELIMINATION!!!
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CHECK THIS KANSAS TEACHER PERSPECTIVE ON A SUNFLOWER STATE TENURE CRACKDOWN!!!
Here's the real scoop regarding the ongoing decline of public education in the Sunflower State . . .
TOPEKA MOB UPDATE
Kansas giving notice to Teachers: You're Fired
The Kansas Legislature has decided a funding bill is the perfect vehicle to dismantle public schools.
Where is Brownback? He's not staying late to weigh in.
Under the new rules eliminating due process, all K-12 teachers become contract employees that can be terminated at will. No valid reason or process needed.
Teaching is hard enough without having to worry about getting the ax on a whim. Give the wrong student a bad grade? A little too honest at the parent/teacher conference? Disagree with a school board member about policy? Teach something unpopular, like evolution or controversial literature? Earn more money than a new hire? Administrator doesn't approve of your sexual orientation? You're fired.
Due process has absolutely nothing to do with funding. Why is this in a finance bill?
Conservatives are using national stereotypes of failing schools and uncaring teachers as the problem they are "solving". Apparently, they believe the nearby unaccredited Kansas City, Missouri district is in Kansas, or that the Chicago teacher strikes are imminent here.
In Kansas, teachers can be and are fired. Teachers can not strike. The largest districts in Kansas are among the most successful in the nation. Large failing districts that need fixing are not the problem. Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission are not KCMO or Hickman Mills.
So how are top performing districts in the Golden Ghetto rewarded? By sending education money to private schools, charter schools and even home schoolers. New corporate and property tax breaks for those opting out of public education.
Instead of funding public schools, the state is moving to fund private solutions. The Senate fully embraced that path. The House refused in a close vote at 2 am. Those holdout Republicans are now being threatened with a right wing challenge that Governor Brownback, the Koch Brothers, and Chamber of Commerce will surely fund (as they did to flip the Senate in 2012).
After failing at 2 am last night and unable to schedule a 5 am session, the House adjourned until noon Sunday. Then 3 pm. Then 6 pm. Now 9 pm. They are waiting for teachers who have been at the Capital all weekend to leave so this can be pushed through without public reaction.