DEVASTATING ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS-YOU ARE NEEDED! PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ AND TAKE ACTION!
THE ATTACKS ON TEACHER RIGHTS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION HAVE STARTED! FULL DETAILS ARE INCLUDED IN THE “UNDER THE DOME” ARTICLE PUBLISHED TODAY. LINK TO THE FULL ARTICLE IS INCLUDED BELOW.
Please use the information below to contact your legislator, AND EVERY MODERATE REPUBLICAN. WE NEED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM TO HEAR FROM EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!!
In order to assist you in taking action, included below is:
1. A brief explanation of each bill including the bill number
2. Some possible talking points I have composed for your use
3. The link to the Kansas legislator lookup to find your personal legislator
4. The attached spreadsheet with all moderate republican legislator names and contact information
Bill Summary and Talking Points:
House Substitute for HB 2119 – This expands the original HB AND it added that state funding for the at-risk and high-density at-risk weightings is eliminated and replaced with temporary funds from COVID relief.
HB 2068-added to House Sub for HB 2119-This expands the current tax credit voucher bill by changing eligible students from free lunch students in one of the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools to a free or reduced lunch student in any public school, K-12.
Talking Points for Voucher Bills:
Bills Attacking Teacher Rights:
House Bill 2354 - This bill attempts to remove your right to use payroll deduction as an option to pay your association dues. It interferes with your individual rights to join a public sector union and use payroll deduction to do so. This bill also ends automatic annual membership renewal. Members would have to submit documentation each year to remain a member, and further, would make members confirm with their employer a second time every year that they truly want to be a member. This is a union busting tactic meant to decrease membership through mere frustration and clerical error!
Talking Points for House Bill 2354:
House Bill 2411 - would prohibit teachers from selecting their own bargaining agent. HB 2411 would have school boards choose the bargaining agent for the teachers. Under this bill, even if 100% of the teachers in a district wanted KNEA and the local to represent them in bargaining, the school board could choose who THEY wanted to represent the teachers. They could, in fact, choose THEIR association (KASB) if they wanted!!! This is a HORRIBLE bill folks!
Talking Points for House Bill 2411:
USE THIS LINK TO TYPE IN YOUR ADDRESS AND GET THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOUR LEGISLATOR:
President: Sarah Byarlay
Send completed membership forms via email to NEA Salina.