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Pittsburg Educator spends weekend protesting in Topeka

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The Kansas Governor says he will sign a bill backing a plan boosting funding to poor school districts while eliminating tenure for teachers.

It started with a Kansas Supreme Court order last month over education funding.

The court directed lawmakers to boost aid to poor districts.

Sherry Turnbull and hundreds of other Kansas educators spent the weekend at the capital, forgoing annual meetings with the Kansas National Education Association.

"The message was we would like transparency from our legislature and our governor, they've added some provisions to a school funding bill that we didn't know would be added, one of them is taking the due process away," said Turnbull

Due process also known as a teacher's tenure would be eliminated in this bill. The tenure requires districts to provide reasoning if a teacher is terminated also a right to a legal hearing.

District 13 Senator Jacob LaTurner believes tenure should no longer exist.

"No one should be entitled to a job for life, and that's what tenure has turned into I think good teachers will be able to stand on their own two feet," said LaTurner.

Senator LaTurner voted in favor of the proposal and says provision attached to a bill is not abnormal.

He also says the proposed funding for Southeast Kansas schools is much needed.

"In Southeast Kansas our schools have been under funded for a long time, and this really fixes the problem and puts money back into our schools. I'm happy about that," said LaTurner.

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