Floor Debate on Judges, Union PACs
Two high-profile debates are set for today in chamber, with final action tomorrow.
Hearings Open on Governor’s Revenue Bill
Collective Bargaining Bill Draws Multiple Views
Committee questioning focused on two primary areas. Several members expressed support for allowing more flexibility in hiring teachers, which supporters said the bill would allow by giving boards authority to negotiate individual contracts. However, the bill does not change teacher licensing requirements. The idea of individual contracts, by removing the exclusive right of one organziation to represent all teachers in the district, raised concerns by the opponents who said it would lead to a chaotic situation for local boards.
Committee chairman Marvin Kleeb, R-Overland Park, said the committee would not work the bill for another week or so, allowing proposed amendments to be considered. KASB welcomes questions, recommendations and concerns from school leaders as the process unfolds.
KASB seeks clarification on tax increase vote
KSB suggested school districts be removed from the bill, or at a minimum, that the vote could be posted on the district webpage to reduce the expense of newspaper publication.