Kansas Teachers’ Union Challenges Anti-Tenure Law
Associated Press - August 11, 2014 12:13 pm
The lawyer who sued to overturn Kansas' ban on same-sex marriages says he will amend the lawsuit to try and force state agencies to provide benefits to married same-sex couples.
The largest teachers’ union in Kansas has filed a lawsuit against a new state law that ended guaranteed tenure for public school teachers.
The Kansas National Education Association argued Monday that the law violated the state constitution for the anti-tenure policy to be added to a larger education funding measure.
The lawsuit filed in Shawnee County District Court alleges the Republican-dominated Legislature violated a provision of the state constitution requiring most bills to contain only one subject.
However, the 23,000-member union is asking a judge block only the anti-tenure provision.
The measure approved by legislators in April boosted state aid to poor school districts by $129 million for the new school year. Conservative GOP legislators insisted on tying the new funding to other policy provisions, including the one on tenure.