Brownback decries Kansas teachers’ association lawsuit

Gov. Brownback Votes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s worried that a lawsuit by the state’s largest teachers association challenging an anti-tenure measure could endanger additional funds for poor school districts.

Brownback said Monday that the lawsuit filed by the Kansas National Education Association in Shawnee County District Court was, in his words, an exercise in labor-union politics.

The KNEA contends that legislators this year violated the Kansas Constitution by tying additional funding for poor public schools to a measure ending guaranteed tenure for public school teachers.

The union said the combination violated the state constitution’s requirement that most legislation have only one subject. The group wants to block only the anti-tenure measure.

But Brownback said he’s concerned that the education money also could be jeopardized.


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