The Kansas Legislature passed, and the governor signed, House Bill No. 2506, which eliminates due process rights for most Kansas public school teachers, including elementary, junior high, and high school teachers. The new law does this by narrowly defining “teacher” to include only teachers and instructors at community colleges and technical colleges. Accordingly, the statutory due process procedures for challenging a proposed termination apply only to these types of public teachers.
Teachers employed by school districts will continue to receive contracts on a yearly basis. Both the teacher and the school district must provide proper notice of the intent not to renew the teacher’s contract for the succeeding school year. Previously, upon receipt from the school district of a notice of its intent to not renew a contract, the teacher would have had an opportunity to challenge the non-renewal through a due process hearing. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2014.