KNEA sues state in hopes of reversing due process change

In a move that was announced earlier this year, the Kansas NEA filed a lawsuit against the state for a change lawmakers made to so-called due process procedures.


The union filed in Shawnee County District Court, asking a judge to throw out a change where teachers no longer have the right to hearings if they are fired and have at least three years on the job.

Gov. Sam Brownback said the lawsuit was "little more than an exercise in labor union politics" and could negatively affect the $129 million in additional funds approved for education earlier this year. Supporters also say eliminating the hearing requirement should reduce protections for bad teachers and bring down the cost of getting rid of them.

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