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07-04-2014, 11:55 AM
Kansas takes away teacher tenure
In another blow by my state's right wing legislature, the house and senate voted to abolish tenure for teachers. This was a rider to a school funding bill, and the right wingers wouldn't pass this funding bill without attaching their little pet project.

What does this mean?

If I teach something parents/school board/administration do not like(evolution), I can be fired at anytime and not be given any cause.

When I complete my master's degree and earn more money, I can be fired, without any cause given, for a newly out of college teacher that costs less.

My rights to freedom of speech are severely hampered. If it was found out that I was an atheist, I assure you that it would likely end up in me losing my job.

If a parent thinks I am unfair to their child in academics or in coaching and that parent raises a big enough fuss or has the right connections, I can be fired with no cause given.

Also, my state has passed legislation in at least one house that would allow for concealed carry anywhere--public buildings, bars, etc.

A couple months ago the house passed legislation allowing business owners the ability to openly discriminate against gay couples and have no legal problems.

A few months ago my state sent a letter to the EPA saying that they did not agree with the mandates imposed because 'climate-science' had lots of holes in it.

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07-04-2014, 11:59 AM
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Wow, and people always say TX is so bad.

I had no idea Kansas was that crazy.

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07-04-2014, 12:01 PM
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(07-04-2014 11:55 AM)jaguar3030 Wrote:  In another blow by my state's right wing legislature, the house and senate voted to abolish tenure for teachers. This was a rider to a school funding bill, and the right wingers wouldn't pass this funding bill without attaching their little pet project.

What does this mean?

If I teach something parents/school board/administration do not like(evolution), I can be fired at anytime and not be given any cause.

When I complete my master's degree and earn more money, I can be fired, without any cause given, for a newly out of college teacher that costs less.

My rights to freedom of speech are severely hampered. If it was found out that I was an atheist, I assure you that it would likely end up in me losing my job.

If a parent thinks I am unfair to their child in academics or in coaching and that parent raises a big enough fuss or has the right connections, I can be fired with no cause given.

Also, my state has passed legislation in at least one house that would allow for concealed carry anywhere--public buildings, bars, etc.

A couple months ago the house passed legislation allowing business owners the ability to openly discriminate against gay couples and have no legal problems.

A few months ago my state sent a letter to the EPA saying that they did not agree with the mandates imposed because 'climate-science' had lots of holes in it.

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My brain has been fried. Seriously, What The Fuck?

My sincerest sympathies. I thought I lived in a crappy country but what the fuck.

How is this a democracy? So much for the land of the free.

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07-04-2014, 12:10 PM
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(07-04-2014 11:55 AM)jaguar3030 Wrote:  A couple months ago the house passed legislation allowing business owners the ability to openly discriminate against gay couples and have no legal problems.

This one was introduced, but I'm pretty sure they shot it down. But yeah, yay for kansas. Weeping

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07-04-2014, 12:11 PM
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*Note to self: Do not visit Kansas!!!

Wtf is wrong with these people.
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07-04-2014, 01:01 PM
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(07-04-2014 12:10 PM)evenheathen Wrote:  
(07-04-2014 11:55 AM)jaguar3030 Wrote:  A couple months ago the house passed legislation allowing business owners the ability to openly discriminate against gay couples and have no legal problems.

This one was introduced, but I'm pretty sure they shot it down. But yeah, yay for kansas. Weeping

It was passed by the house by a WIDE margin. Something to the effect of 70% voted yes. It was not passed in the Senate after the outcry.

The fact that a huge portion of kansas politicians said 'yes' to this is disgusting.
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07-04-2014, 01:01 PM
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Please explain Tenure to a non murican, it seems like academic nepotism to me on the surface.

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07-04-2014, 01:37 PM
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(07-04-2014 11:55 AM)jaguar3030 Wrote:  In another blow by my state's right wing legislature, the house and senate voted to abolish tenure for teachers. This was a rider to a school funding bill, and the right wingers wouldn't pass this funding bill without attaching their little pet project.

What does this mean?

If I teach something parents/school board/administration do not like(evolution), I can be fired at anytime and not be given any cause.

When I complete my master's degree and earn more money, I can be fired, without any cause given, for a newly out of college teacher that costs less.

My rights to freedom of speech are severely hampered. If it was found out that I was an atheist, I assure you that it would likely end up in me losing my job.

If a parent thinks I am unfair to their child in academics or in coaching and that parent raises a big enough fuss or has the right connections, I can be fired with no cause given.

Also, my state has passed legislation in at least one house that would allow for concealed carry anywhere--public buildings, bars, etc.

A couple months ago the house passed legislation allowing business owners the ability to openly discriminate against gay couples and have no legal problems.

A few months ago my state sent a letter to the EPA saying that they did not agree with the mandates imposed because 'climate-science' had lots of holes in it.

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My brain has been fried. Seriously, What The Fuck?

I wish things hadn't come to this but here it is.

Our education system sucks. We spend more per pupil than any other western nation and still get lackluster results. It's reaching a breaking point and something has to be done.

It's hard to say but I think ending tenure for poor performing teachers is a step in the right direction. But it's but one thing of several that need to be done, including a serious bloodletting of administrative bureaucrats in the school systems as well as leaving a few obnoxious, disruptive children behind so we can concentrate on the process of educating the ones who really want to learn. It's gonna really take a lot of hard work and sacrifices to the the US public education system back on track.

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07-04-2014, 01:39 PM
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(07-04-2014 01:01 PM)sporehux Wrote:  Please explain Tenure to a non murican, it seems like academic nepotism to me on the surface.

It kind of IS academic nepotism!

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07-04-2014, 08:34 PM
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(07-04-2014 01:01 PM)jaguar3030 Wrote:  The fact that a huge portion of kansas politicians said 'yes' to this is disgusting.

Agreed, but it's not surprising. I'm actually relieved at the amount of sense that prevails here given who most of KS politicians are. It could be a lot worse.

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