Teachers protest Kansas school funding bill

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EL DORADO, Kan. - The Kansas legislature may be on a three-week spring break. But Kansas teachers are keeping busy, protesting a bill the legislature approved last Sunday.

A group of teachers rallied Thursday night in El Dorado against the school funding bill. They say their goal was to let Governor Sam Brownback and other state lawmakers know how they feel.

They especially want the governor to veto House Bill 2506. Dave Kirkbride with the Wichita chapter of the National Education Association says it was passed "in a very clandestine manner. It was supposed to be a school finance bill, but at the last minute they dumped in a whole bunch of other things."

The teachers were joined at the rally by members of the local United Steel Workers union.

The speaker of the Kansas House is defending the main section teachers oppose.... the part about tenure. Ray Merrick of Stillwell says teachers still would have the right to due legal process, if they face firing over their constitutional rights. The state National Education Association calls that comment misleading.

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