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Les Mason: Legislative Update 

Kansas Teacher of the Year Winners Honored; National Finalist The House honored the Kansas Teacher of the Year and Regional Teachers of the Year last week with House Resolution 6028.  The Kansas Teacher of the Year winner is Tabatha Rosproy, an early education teacher in Winfield, USD #465.  She is a preschool educator who teaches in a program that is located within a retirement village and nursing home.  She has helped her preschool program, the Cumbernauld Little Vikes, interact with the retirement community. This program has the highest preschool literacy and math scores in her school district.  She is the

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Les Mason: Value Them Both—Hearing on Constitutional Amendment 

As a follow-up to last week’s update, The Value Them Both Amendment was heard in a joint meeting of the House Federal and State Affairs and Senate Judiciary committees on Tuesday, January 21 This constitutional amendment is being proposed in an effort to remedy the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision on Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt from April 2019, in which they essentially determined that the Kansas Constitution contains an unrestricted right to an abortion. Because of this ruling, several laws which received bipartisan support are in peril, and risk being deemed unconstitutional: Both House and Senate committees passed out their

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Les Mason: The 2020 Legislative Session begins

As is typical, the first week of session started slowly. No floor debate, committees were largely reorganizing and reviewing what bills were in play from last year, and a bit of waiting to hear what Governor Kelly’s state-of-the-state address might call for. KPERS The governor unveiled another attempt to balance the budget by reamortizing KPERS.  In 2019 she proposed a plan to to do this, which would have freed up $150 million a year, but increased taxpayer debt by $7.4 billion.  The Legislature rejected that bill (HB 2197) on a vote of 36-87. This year’s proposal is much the same…an

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Erica Shook Talks About Fact-Finding Process

Are you aware that McPherson teachers have been working all of this school year without a new contract?  The negotiations teams for the McPherson Education Association and the Board of Education have spent many hours working on this but have been unable to come to an agreement. Fact-finding is the final step in this process. A Fact Finder has been assigned to listen to both sides and make a non-binding ruling. 

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