Kansas School Task Force May Offer Limits on Teacher Union Rights

A Kansas State school board member indicates there may be a push in 2013 to limit the bargaining rights of union teachers in Kansas, according to the Topeka Capital Journal.
The report says Kansas Board of Education member Ken Willard and his education task for may include the proposal in a series of reforms that are presented next year. Willard briefed a legislative committee recently on the plans, according to the newspaper.
According to the report, the task force may not make a specific list of which bargaining rights it wants to restrict. Instead the panel will recommend the legislature look at which items it may want to examine.
Willard told the Capital Journal a smaller set of negotiating items may make it easier and more efficient for Kansas school superintendents to handle their budgets.
“The idea that they could be more efficient if they didn’t have to listen to teachers is absurd,” Mark Desetti of the Kansas National Education Association told the Capital Journal. “The idea of saying we don’t trust teachers (to negotiate), they shouldn’t have that right, is just wrong.”
Willard said the bargaining rights of Kansas teachers may be one of 10 recommendations the task force makes to the lawmakers

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