(TOPEKA, Kan.)—A Kansas House committee has heard conflicting opinions about the merits of a bill that would narrow the topics for negotiation in teacher contract talks.
But educators say the changes would be demoralizing to public school staff members and damaging to classroom learning.
Opponents include the Kansas National Education Association, which calls the measure part of a broader attack on teachers and their profession.
The bill would reduce the number of issues that teachers could negotiate with local school boards. For example, teachers could still negotiate such things as pay and sick leave, but not performance evaluations.
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