A costs slated for a hearing at the Capitol next week would prevent any teacher or anybody married or associated to a teacher from running for a school board seat.House Bill 2345,
set to be heard by the Home Education Committee on Thursday, would prevent anyone utilized by a school district or the Department of Education from being elected to a school board. It would likewise prevent any school employee’s partner, sibling, parent or roomie from running for a school board.
“It exemplifies the war on public education,” stated Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, a public school instructor, who was alerted to the costs by a constituent.
“And what I would suggest somebody do is that they offer up an amendment that states if you were ever taught by a teacher you can’t run for the school board,” he added sarcastically. “I suggest, that’s how ridiculous this thing is.”
Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, who chairs the Homeyour home Education Committee, stated he was uncertain who introduced the expense. It was introduced anonymously in the Judiciary Committee prior to being transferred to his committee.
“That’s the second time today someone’s asked me that concern. I do not know,” Highland said Friday. “And that will certainly be something that when we arrive, we’ll try to discover out.”
The House speaker’s office also did not know the author of the bill.The bill is designed to avoid problems of interest, Highland said. He stated he did not have a viewpoint on the matter, however invited input from proponents and opponents alike next week.
“I don’t have any opinions. However there have been circumstances brought to (my interest) … that there are some dispute of interests. You understand, perhaps an expense is warranted and possibly not,” Highland stated. “We’ll need to simply pay attention to all the evidence and make a determination.”
The expense likewise would avoid anybody with a “considerable interest in any business that works straight with or offers services to this state or the school district” from running for school board. Hensley stated this phrasing casts an exceptionally broad web that will be troublesome.
“If you’re the only hardware shop in the area or if you’re the only grocery shopsupermarket in the area and you offer the regional school district with produce, you could not run for school board,” Hensley said.
Barbara Fuller, a retired teacher and long time member of the Wichita school board, stated she doesn’t see anything incorrect with teachers or their householdrelative holding positions on the board.Fuller was retired
when she ran the first time.”However I determined I was going to run when I was a teacher,” she said. “I utilized to sit at those board conferences and believe, ‘You understand, I might do this.'”
Forbiding instructors and their familymember of the family from running for school board could get rid of good candidates, Fuller stated.
“We require individuals to serve who have a strong belief in public education and understand exactly what’s going on in schools,” she said. “That’s a valuable point of view.”
Contributing: Suzanne Perez Tobias of The Eagle