If there is one thing you can say about our Kansas lawmakers – they aren’t lazy. When they set their minds to something there is no stopping them. We are barely into 2016 and they have locked in on their target – public education.
By locked in, I’m no talking in a warm, fuzzy rise up our kids with giving their all to public education (cue Lion King music), but more like locked in similar to a fighter jet loaded with missiles and the target is in site.
I’m calling this recent bill barrage…Kansas Public Educationpalooza 2016
There was the rural education district consolidation bill. Rural education is difficult, so lets just consolidate as a way to deal with issues facing rural education. After a mass email campaign, this bill d-i-e-d. Rep. Ron Highland was upset because he said the bill was misrepresented. He said the bill was a “realignment” not a consolidation of districts. You say tomato, I say tomato. I say I’m glad we called the whole thing off.
SB56 passed making it easier to prosecute teachers for teaching inappropriate material. “Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, said that in society, it’s illegal for a person to show children pornography and that parents should be able to expect that same protection when kids are at school.” http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article11168309.html
In a bill that is so short it would fit on a cocktail napkin, there is HB2531 – that eliminates tenure for community college teachers. The bill’s language – “Sorry Charlie. Tenure’s over. Buh-bye.”
Finally, to ice the cake how about if we target gifted kids with HB2630? This bill REMOVES gifted children from the exceptional children’s act. Disabled children stay, but gifted children go.
Just stop and pause for a second…think about that. Think about that AGAIN at election time.