Teacher’s Negotiation No Longer Focus for Lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas lawmakers have dropped their pursuit of a proposal to narrow the topics permitted in contract negotiations between teachers and school districts.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Marvin Kleeb confirmed Thursday his committee won’t vote this year on a bill on teacher bargaining rights.

The measure would reduce the issues that teachers’ groups could negotiate with local school boards. Teachers could still bargain on matters like pay and sick leave, but no longer on how they are evaluated.

Kleeb, an Overland Park Republican, said groups representing teachers, administrators and school boards will try to work out a compromise for legislators to consider next year.

Their state associations issued a joint statement saying they hope to draft a new proposal by December.