School bill – Gov. Sam Brownback has put his signature on a bill trying to take away public school teachers’ right to due process. This late-night law throws down the political gauntlet against our public schools. An open battle is about to begin between those who believe in public education and those who, for whatever reason, do not believe in it. Such battles are often won by the actors with the greatest intensity.
The new school-finance law authorizes noncertified individuals to become teachers, strips away due process that good teachers have been protected by for 60 years, directs public money to private schools with no demands of accountability, and cuts funding for at-risk students. Districts looking to lessen any of the financial effects will be forced to raise property taxes – and still will have trouble maintaining existing quality results.