Proposal to limit Kansas teacher bargaining


THERE’S A DEVELOPING STORY FROM THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE. WE’VE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE CONCERN OVER MONEY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. BUT ANOTHER BILL IN TOPEKA COULD AFFECT SCHOOL TEACHERS. THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE AS MUCH WITH DISTRICTS. KAKE’S BEN JORDAN IS LIVE IN NORTHWEST WICHITA WITH MORE ON THIS. THE UNITED TEACHERS OF WICHITA GO THROUGH A LOT OF ISSUES WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT EVERY SUMMER. NOW A BILL IN TOPEKA WOULD TAKE ABOUT 30 OF THOSE ISSUES OFF THE TABLE. A STATE HOUSE COMMITTEE HAD A HEARING ON THIS YESTERDAY. THE BILL WOULD LIMIT NEGOTIATIONS TO TEACHERS’ SALARIES AND WORK HOURS. BENEFITS AND WORKING CONDITIONS APPARENTLY WOULD BE OUT. SUPPORTERS IN THE HOUSE SAY THIS WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESS. BUT BOTH SCHOOL BOARDS AND TEACHERS’ GROUPS OPPOSE THIS IDEA. THEY SAY THEY’VE REACHED THEIR OWN AGREEMENT ON BARGAINING. THAT COMPROMISE WOULD LET EACH SIDE BRING FIVE ISSUES TO THE SCHOOL NEGOTIATIONS. WE’LL SEE IF STATE LAWMAKERS WILL LET THAT STAND, AS THE SESSION MOVES ALONG. REPORTING LIVE, BEN JORDAN, KAKE NEWS.

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