2018 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas Supreme Court upholds Kansas local-control due process law

Release Date: Jun 15, 2018

TOPEKA – (June 15, 2018) – The Kansas Supreme Court today upheld as constitutional a Kansas law that returned control of teacher due process to local school boards, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

The court, in a unanimous ruling, rejected the arguments of plaintiffs who had filed suit against USD #492 in Butler County alleging that amendments to the Teacher Due Process Act enacted in 2014 were an unconstitutional violation of their due process rights. Those 2014 amendments had removed from state law a requirement that notices of termination or nonrenewal sent to tenured elementary and secondary education teachers include a reason for the termination or nonrenewal and the right to a due process hearing, returning control of these processes to the local school boards.

While the case originated between private plaintiffs and a local school board, the attorney general’s office intervened in the case on behalf of the state to defend the constitutionality of the state law.

The court’s opinion is available at http://bit.ly/2ygykkM.

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