More than 500 teachers were disappointed when they left the Capitol Sunday night after lawmakers voted for a bill that would add funding to Kansas schools but also cut due process rights for teachers.
Monday afternoon Steven Maack took a break from teaching high school English to talk about that disappointment.
"I wasn't angry. I was disappointed. We work so hard to this just felt like a slap in the face," Maack said.
Maack says due process protects teachers from unfair discrimination based on political, personal or outside matters that don't have to do with the classroom. He also says due process protects educators from parents who are upset about a child's grade or administrators with a vendetta.
"It doesn't stop people from being fired. I've been in this district many years and I've seen many people let go. This just provides a template for how one should go about this," Maack said.
Republican lawmakers like Rep. Steve Brunk of Wichita disagree. Burnt voted for the bill and says he's been getting calls from teachers thanking him for his vote.
"They say due process would hold school's back and ultimately make it harder to get rid of teachers who shouldn't be there," Brunk said.
Brunk also says the bill doesn't ban due process, it just takes it out of the state level.
"Districts can enact their own policies if they so choose," Brunk said.