Association of American Educators Reacts to Passage of Pro-Teacher Law in Kansas
Alexandria, VA– The Association of American Educators (AAE) joins Kansas state chapter, the Kansas Association of American Educators (KANAAE), in praising the passage of Kansas' House Bill 2221, a measure aimed at promoting fairness among union and non-union teachers and their associations. The bill was passed through both legislative bodies and was signed by Governor Brownback last week.
Up until now, the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) had an unfair advantage, having state-sanctioned monopoly access to public school employees. This unfair practice blocked teachers from truly understanding their options and left many teachers vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits.
This new law will finally create an equal playing field in the state. House Bill 2221 will ensure that no single association has monopoly access to teachers and will put the state out of the business of deciding which private employee association has the upper hand.
The fact is this legislation is pro-teacher choice. As a supporter of the bill, AAE recognizes the potential in this law to put teachers in the driver's seat. Ultimately, equal access will empower teachers to make financial decisions that best fit their budget and beliefs. As the leader of the non-union teacher movement, AAE's hope is for all American teachers to be presented with the critical information they need to make informed choices.
"This law is a critical first step in ensuring equal treatment among teacher associations in Kansas," said AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner. "This pro-teacher legislation will finally put teachers in control of their hard earned dollars. I join KANAAE leadership in looking forward to continued growth under equal access in Kansas."
Click here for full AAE/KANAAE testimony in support of HB 2221.
The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit aaeteachers.org for further information.