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Brownback to blame for conflict with teachers

08/30/2014 7:03 PM

08/31/2014 12:03 AM

Gov. Sam Brownback said last week that he regrets the adversarial relationship he has with teachers, the Hutchinson News reported. But whose fault is that? Besides cutting base state aid to schools – the operational money that pays teacher salaries – Brownback has seemed much more interested in advancing the agenda of libertarian groups than in aiding teachers. If he cares about his relationship with teachers, why didn’t he intervene last session when GOP lawmakers were stripping teachers of their state-mandated due-process rights? Why has he supported legislative efforts to weaken teacher unions? Why didn’t he get more input from teachers and school administrators before proposing education reforms? It’s no wonder the relationship is strained. – Phillip Brownlee

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