The largest teachers' union in Kansas is promising to file a state court lawsuit challenging the Legislature's decision to add policies backed by conservative Republicans to an education funding bill this year.
The Kansas National Education Association announced its plans Monday. General Legal Counsel David Schauner said the lawsuit will be filed by the end of the month in Shawnee County District Court.
The new law boosts aid to poor school districts by $129 million during the next school year to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court decision in March.
The GOP-dominated Legislature tied the funding to multiple policy provisions, including one that ends guaranteed teacher tenure in public schools.
Schauner said the union hasn't yet decided how much of the policy in the law will be challenged.
Officials released the following statement from Governor Sam Brownback.
We are not going to speculate on what may or may not be included in any lawsuit KNEA may choose to file in the future. The education bill provided $129 million in funding to classrooms and for property tax relief, it provided additional pay for ‘master teachers,’ and it returned local control to school districts. This is a good bill that benefits Kansas children. I hope KNEA will take no action that threatens funding for our schools and the welfare of our students.