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KNEA to appeal dismissal of teacher tenure lawsuit

July 9, 2015

— The main teachers union in Kansas says it will appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit against the state for ending teacher job protections.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas National Education Association has submitted a court notice that it will appeal the dismissal.

Shawnee County District Court last month rejected the KNEA's challenge of the constitutionality of 2014 legislation in which lawmakers ended state-mandated teacher due process rights.

The bill contained provisions on school funding and teacher tenure, prompting the lawsuit from the 25,000-member KNEA, based on the argument that lawmakers violated the state Constitution by folding permanent policy into an appropriations bill.

The trial court said matters unrelated to appropriations must be struck from appropriations bills, but the court said it couldn't declare the measure an appropriations bill.

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