Parents, school boosters and community groups should do all that they can to get behind Kansas teachers going on the offensive politically.
Educators have to become proactive in Kansas. They have taken a beating in the last few years.
Statehouse lawmakers have restricted paycheck contributions for political activities, eliminated administrative due process and relaxed teaching licensing requirements. Educators this summer will be pushing back get voters to elect different people, The Associated Press reports.
In the Aug. 5 primary, all 125 House seats are up for election. Getting teacher friendly people in the House, Senate and governor’s mansion in August and November could change the tide for teachers and for children in public schools.
Continued contentiousness over funding for schools and harsh legislation making it easier to fire or replace teachers teachers will only make matters worse. Kansas cannot afford to see its schools deteriorate.