Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dion Lefler: "Republicans Concede Bill Would Let Teachers Be Fired Without Cause" @ Wichita Eagle

[Excerpt]  ...  Faced by large numbers of teachers angered over the attack on tenure, Republicans launched a charm offensive last week seeking to convince teachers the bill is not as bad for them as they’d been led to believe by their union and pro-teacher Democratic lawmakers.

However, following research and inquiries by The Eagle, the office of House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, conceded it had given Republican lawmakers and the news media misinformation in a statement claiming to clear up misinformation surrounding the controversial bill.

Late Friday night, the speaker’s office provided The Eagle with a copy of a memo sent to Republican legislators warning them about the error in the talking points they were provided after passing the bill.

“Since the April 9 release of the education talking points, it has come to our attention that due to a miscommunication with the Office of Revisor of Statutes, a few of the talking points on teacher due process should be clarified,” the new memo said. ...[End of Excerpt]

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