Education factoring in upcoming Kansas House races

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — In the wake of the 2014 Kansas legislative session, educational interests are developing their plans for political activities leading up to the November elections.

All 125 Kansas House seats are on the ballot, as well as the governor’s race and other statewide offices.

Changes made to teacher tenure and funding of public schools have the Kansas National Education Association, the state’s largest union, mobilizing.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that teachers are most angry about a portion of the bill that removed the state law granting tenure to teachers who have been working in districts for at least three years.

Governor Sam Brownback and legislative Republicans have said the issue is left to local school boards to negotiate, but gives more flexibility in hiring practices

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