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More attempts to control education, weaken unions

The Legislature has made no move yet to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order to fund public schools equitably. But lawmakers are continuing their efforts to meddle in education and weaken teachers unions. Senate Bill 311, which is scheduled for a hearing Thursday before the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would transfer control of the school funding budget from the Kansas State Department of Education to Gov. Sam Brownback’s Department of Administration. Who thinks that’s a good idea? SB 469, which has a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, would require teachers in every school district to hold an annual vote on whether to recertify their union. “This is just one more attack,” said Marcus Baltzell of the Kansas National Education Association. “Sadly, it seems to be where the focus of this Legislature is.” – Phillip Brownlee