Teacher Issues

Action Alert: Bill to arm teachers has Tuesday morning hearing

HB 2789, which would hold school districts negligent if they do not authorize teachers to carry concealed guns to school, has been scheduled for an 8 a.m. Tuesday hearing in the House Insurance Committee. School board members who wish to offer testimony on the bill should submit it to committee assistant Michelle Engelby at Michelle.Engelby@house.ks.gov by 8 a.m. Monday.   HB 2789 says a school district could be found negligent if it "did not authorize any employee of such school district, other than school security officers, to carry concealed handguns in buildings operated by such district pursuant to [the state concealed carry law]."   The bill also would:  Require the Kansas State Board of Education to adopt statewide standards to make all schools [...]

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Committee learns about restorative justice

The House Education Committee on Tuesday held an informational hearing on restorative justice in schools.   Restorative justice, also known as restorative practice, works to keep students in school while addressing problem behavior. Advocates say it reduces discipline referrals and suspensions, improves school climate and diverts children from the so-called “school to prison pipeline.” It emphasizes school-wide healthy relationships between administrators and students and the development of social-emotional skills and understanding. Students, teachers and administrators learn to manage difficult situations through a variety of methods that include heavy emphasis on recognizing the impact of poor behavior on perpetrators, victims and the [...]

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SBR: Be prepared for student protests

Click to Download the Full Magazine In response to the school shooting incident in Florida, students across the country are organizing walkout protests to demand political action to make schools safer. The National School Boards Association has shared the following with its members and has granted permission to republish. The media has widely reported what appears to be a growing student protest movement centered around the tragic Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida. This checklist aims to help school boards and district leaders prepare for these activities in their schools and communities. Because student protests may vary in intensity and form, we [...]

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House sends teacher due process and anti-bullying bills to Senate

A bill restoring teacher due process protections was approved by the House on Thursday but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.  House members approved HB 2757 on a 73-48 vote.  "It's going to a drawer in the Senate," said state Rep. Clay Aurand, R-Belleville, who is chairman of the House Education Committee and had unsuccessfully pushed for an amendment that would have restored due process to teachers who had it prior to 2014.  The House-approved legislation would give Kansas teachers who work three-plus years in the same school district the right to a due process hearing before an independent hearing officer.   That [...]

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House advances bill restoring teacher due process procedures

The Kansas House on Wednesday gave preliminary approval on a 72-48 vote to restore teacher due process protections that had been repealed in 2014. A final House vote on HB 2757 is scheduled for Thursday.  The legislation would give Kansas teachers who work three-plus years in the same school district the right to a due process hearing before an independent hearing officer.  That process was repealed by conservative Republicans as part of a school finance funding debate in 2014. Since then, moderate Republicans, Democrats and teachers’ unions have sought to reinstate the law.    During a two-hour debate, supporters of the bill [...]

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House scheduled to debate teacher due process, bullying bills tomorrow

The Kansas House has scheduled general orders debate Wednesday on bills to restore the teacher due process law repealed in 2014 and to add requirements to school districts bullying prevention policies. The House convenes at 11 a.m.  School leaders are encouraged to share their concerns about these bills with their state representatives.  HB 2757 would restore a system that allowed teachers to request a hearing before an independent hearing officer if terminated or non-renewed after a three-year probationary period.  KASB did not support the full repeal of the old law in 2014, but also did not support the previous law. KASB believes [...]

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Teacher pay and benefits has biggest increase since 2008-09

Boosted by the largest increase in school district operating budgets since 2008-09, Kansas teachers received the largest average pay and benefits increase since 2008-09, according to a new KASB survey.  The average per district increase in the total package of salary and benefits in 2017-18 was 3.5 percent. The last year average compensation increase topped three percent was 2008-09, the last of four years of increased funding the Kansas Legislature approved after the Montoy school finance decision.  The average base salary for Kansas teacher this year is $35,555, up from $34,800 last year. Average fringe benefits paid by the district is [...]

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Firearms safety debate delayed; new tenure and bullying bills introduced

House Republican leadership decided Thursday to pass over a debate on guns safety programs in public schools, and separate bills on teacher due process and bullying prevention policies were introduced and sent directly to the House Committee of the Whole.  The House had been scheduled to debate HB 2460, which would authorize firearm safety education programs in public schools; but require that if districts have such programs they must follow state curriculum based on the National Rifle Association’s Eagle the Eagle program or Kansas Wildlife and Parks hunter safety program.  On Thursday, House Majority Leader Don Hineman, R-Dighton, moved to pass [...]

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House plans debate on education bills

The Kansas House plans to debate a series of bills concerning K-12 education today – but not teacher due process. Please follow KASB on social media and the News Briefs for the latest developments. Today is the “turnaround” deadline for the 2018 session: non-exempt bills must be passed by the house of origin or may not be considered for the remainder of the session. However, there are number of ways bills may be exempt, including referral to or reintroduction by exempt committees. KASB will provide a full report on which bills are exempt next week.  Here are the education-related bills scheduled [...]

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Due process bill may see vote Thursday

A bill restoring pre-2014 teacher due process protections to state law may be scheduled for a vote in the Kansas House on Thursday.  HB 2578, which concerns school district anti-bullying efforts, was amended by the House Education Committee to also return to state law teacher due process protections that existed in 2014. That law gave Kansas teachers who’d worked three-plus years in the same school district the right to a due process hearing before an independent hearing officer. It was repealed as part of a school finance funding debate in 2014 and Kansas Democrats and teachers’ unions have sought to [...]

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