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Kansas High Court Rules On Teacher Tenure

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  Kansas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a school district and against teachers in a case involving teacher tenure.     
    The justices ruled unanimously that a Kansas law stripping public school teachers of guaranteed tenure does not violate the state or federal constitution.
    The court issued its ruling Friday against two veteran teachers who sued their Butler County school district after it did not renew their contracts in 2015.
    The Republican-controlled Legislature enacted the law ending guaranteed tenure in 2014 through a measure that also boosted spending on public schools.
    Before the change, teachers with three or more years in the classroom had a right to have the non-renewal of their contracts reviewed by an independent hearing officer. 
    Conservative Republicans sought to end guaranteed tenure, arguing the move would make it easier to fire bad teachers. Other lawmakers and the KNEA, the state's largest teachers' union, said tenure protected educators from arbitrary dismissals.
    Local school boards now set each district's policy.
    The Supreme Court rejected the teachers' argument that tenure represented a property right that lawmakers could not modify or take away.
 

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