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Group gathers to oppose school funding bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan.--- A group of people gathered outside the Wichita State University building where Gov. Sam Brownback addressed leaders on the importance of higher education funding today.

The group included retired teachers who oppose the school funding bill passed on April 5th by the legislature. One of the areas of concern is the policy which removes the state mandate on tenure and due process.

"We're hoping that he will see the light and not sign it because it's really damaging to the current teachers. It's taking away a right that we've had for decades in Kansas," said Pam Taverner, retired teacher and president of the Kansas National Education Association-Retired.

The governor's office received the bill today and will have ten days to approve or veto the bill.

"We want to really understand the legal implications of what is here. One of the things I can clarify is that, obviously, a local school district can go ahead with a tenure policy," said Brownback.

The governor scheduled visits Monday at Pittsburg, Emporia and Wichita state universities, concluding at Kansas State in Manhattan. The purpose of the tour is to discuss action by legislators to fund additional investments in research and technology across the regents system.


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