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Court Dismisses Union's Lawsuit over Kansas Law on Teacher Tenure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee County court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state's largest teachers' union over a new state law that ended guaranteed tenure for public school teachers. The Legislature passed a law in April 2014 that increased state aid to poor school districts. The law included other education policy changes, including the anti-tenure provision. The Kansas National Education Association sued last August. The union contended lawmakers violated the state constitution by including the new policy in an education funding measure. The constitution requires most bills to contain only one subject. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that an order dated June 4 dismissed the lawsuit. The court said it could not determine that the new law was only an appropriations bill, which meant the tenure provision could be included.


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