Due process – It seems hard to imagine that it is all that difficult to fire a bad teacher. The modest protection offered now seemingly just requires an administrator to go through the same process any other employer should when dealing with a performance issue. If administrators have carefully documented performance failings and demonstrate a good-faith effort to correct them, they shouldn’t have any problem with a hearing officer. This “tenure” for Kansas public school teachers is not some special lifetime job security. It seemingly just is a good employment practice.
Several state lawmakers — namely traditional, more moderate Republicans who wouldn’t serve as puppets for a far-right agenda coveted by Gov. Sam Brownback and other allies of the Koch brothers — were targeted in the August 2012 GOP primary. The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity and Kansas Chamber of Commerce unleashed last-minute, misleading ads designed to take down lawmakers who dared to challenge their radical pursuits. But federal records show Koch Industries applied for and received $1.4 million in early retiree subsidies as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kansans should keep such hypocrisy in mind when the next Koch-financed onslaught of political advertising materializes.