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KS Attorney General Wants Teachers' Union Lawsuit Dismissed

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants to get a lawsuit by the state's largest teachers' union over a new law that ends guaranteed tenure in public schools dismissed.

Schmidt filed his request Monday in Shawnee County District Court in response to the Kansas National Education Association's lawsuit.

The attorney general says the KNEA has no standing to sue over the tenure law because it is not directly harmed. He also argues the union can't show that any individual has been harmed since the law took effect in July.

Legislators folded the anti-tenure measure into a larger education funding measure. The KNEA lawsuit alleges the move violated a provision of the Kansas Constitution requiring most bills to contain only one subject.

The union has declined to comment on Schmidt's filing.