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Kansas House Advances Measure To Restore Teacher Tenure

Nadya Faulx
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Kansas teachers scored a big victory today in the Statehouse.

The vote on an amendment that reinstates due process for teachers facing firing was both unexpected and contentious.

Up until 2014, all teachers in Kansas with three years experience had the right to a hearing before being dismissed.

That right was stripped as lawmakers hurried to wrap up their session three years ago.

Democratic Rep. Jerry Stogsdill from Prairie Village lead the charge for the amendment.

“We feel that that’s important for the future of teachers and our ability to attract and retain top quality teachers," Stogsdill says.

Some of those opposed said due process is just a way to protect bad teachers, while others said it should be negotiated between teachers and local school boards.

Sam covers education for KCUR and the Kansas News Service. Before joining the station in August 2014 he covered health and education for KCPT.