上海419论坛,上海龙凤419,爱上海 – Powered by Teri Savorn!

Leota Coats case against the Wellington school district in 1983 helped form the Kansas Due Process law for teachers

first_imgby Linda Stinnett, Derby Weekly Informer — A Derby attorney’s work to help a Wellington teacher in the 1980s defined the rights which all Kansas teachers shared for nearly 40 years. That law was abolished this Monday when Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the school finance law which affectively eliminated due process.Lee Kinch served as the attorney for two cases which went before the Kansas Supreme Court in 1983. Each involved due process – the protection teachers were given under state legislation until it was repealed in Kansas on April 6 and signed into law by Brownback on April 21.The case of Leota Coats, an eight-year language arts teacher and department chair at Wellington High School, came after her contract was not renewed in March 1980 when the school board decided to cut staffing due to declining enrollment.According to the court opinion, Coats had the least seniority of the high school staff under consideration for non-renewal. The Wellington school board also considered her as unqualified to move to a junior high position, even though there were non-tenured teachers at that level.“Ms. Coats, by all accounts, was the finest, most competent language arts teacher in the district,” Kinch said.Kinch said he believes she was identified for the cut because she was one of the highest paid teachers.Coats said she was a traditional teacher and expected her students to work hard in the classroom. She said she had “raised a ruckus” with administrators about the laziness of some students.“I was being too hard on the football heroes,” she said.Coats said other teachers advised her to leave the district.“Everybody else said ‘Don’t rock the boat,’” she said.Her husband suddenly suffered a series of heart attacks and became unable to work. She needed her job.She decided to fight the decision and hired Kinch. A three-member hearing panel was called to look at the case. Under the guidelines of the law at that time, Coats was allowed to choose one member, the district to choose another member and both to agree on a third.The school district called its own attorney to sit in its seat, a move Kinch objected to from the start.The panel found the district had acted properly in letting Coats go. She appealed to district court and won her case so the school district appealed higher.The Supreme Court ruled the school district acted improperly by using its own attorney to serve on the hearing panel. The court action affirmed that teachers should have a fair hearing in the due process law, Kinch said, and the board’s attorney is incapable of being fair and impartial.“That really goes to the heart of due process,” Kinch said.The court also upheld her tenure, saying she was certified to teach at the junior high level and the school district had to offer her that opportunity.“The only criticism of her was that she demanded excellence of her students and graded them accordingly,” the court wrote in its ruling.Kinch also represented a teacher from Burden, Dwight Haddock, who was a vocational agriculture teacher in the small farming community, FFA sponsor and served as the negotiator for the teachers.“He was an effective negotiator and apparently ruffled the feathers of some board members by aggressive tactics,” Kinch said.In fact, during court hearings, Kinch asked the school superintendent why the district had suddenly moved from giving Haddock high evaluations to low ones. Kinch asked if one of the reasons was that he served as the chief negotiator for the NEA.“That was one of his problems, yes,” court records show the superintendent said.While Haddock was chief negotiator for the teachers, the superintendent had served as negotiator for the school district. No agreement was reached in the summer of 1978 and the teachers received unilateral contracts.Haddock was served his notice of non-renewal of his contract in April 1979. He, too, lost his case with the local panel, appealed to the district court and won.After winning the appeal, the school district took the fight to the appeals court. The district added reasons for its decision to those initially listed in the notice of non-renewal given to Haddock.“That is a palpable denial of due process,” Kinch said.After winning her case, Coats said life for her in the Wellington school district became “very, very tense.” The court told the school district it had to give her a job and pay back wages. She was offered the junior high position, but told she had to take a coaching position. Coats said she did not know anything about coaching.She and the district agreed on a cash settlement and she stayed with a teaching job at Belle Plaine High School, where she taught for 20 years.Now retired and living in Howard, Coats remains active in KNEA, the state teachers’ union, as a volunteer. She lobbies legislators and volunteers in schools through KNEA activities for retired teachers.“We’re involved in as much as we can in volunteering in schools,” she said. “We’re dedicated to them. That’s what we dedicated our lives to.”——— Linda Stinnett is the managing editor of the Derby Informer. She was the news editor for the Wellington Daily News from 1997 to 2002. a title=”Sumner Newscow twitter account” href=”https://twitter.com/Cueballnewscow” target=”_blank”>Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Liz · 329 weeks ago I don’t understand all of this but I’m sure the teachers are going to take the hit as always. Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 329 weeks ago This is a perfect example of what lies down the road. We will have robot teachers that have to make sure they do not ruffle the boards feathers…it is a complete Joke. Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 329 weeks ago There is no room for unions in the school system. Remember, “I do it for the kids”. Report Reply 3 replies · active 328 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest v4.5 · 329 weeks ago And we will have teachers fired for disagreeing with administration, for being good teachers but lousy coaches, for being demanding and holding their students to tough standards, for being too expensive. It will be difficult to attract talented teachers to the profession without some promise of job security other than the whims and wishes of politically driven school boards and administrators afraid to back up great teachers against parents who complain about their children getting poor grades or not starting on the football team. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 329 weeks ago Sounds to me like the school board/administration needs to be straightened out more than we need unions. Please don’t misunderstand what I mean. Teachers are worth their weight in gold…as long as they perform. If they hold students accountable, teach to the best of their ability (with set standards), and actually care about the students, then they should be treated like they matter. Meaning, they are paid a decent wage, with decent benefits. However, tenure means NOTHING if standards aren’t being met. And I don’t mean federal standards. Standards should be set locally and by people that know what they’re doing. I’m all about rewarding good teachers. However, being employed for 5 years and not performing to a set of standards means NOTHING to me. Reward good teachers, and cut the bad. And one more thing – just because students think a teacher is the ‘cats meow’ doesn’t meant squat. If too many students like a particular teacher, it usually is an indication that they are too easy on their requirements. A good example of this would have been Mr. Sharp in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Everyone loved having him as a teacher because he was EASY. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Morgen Townsend · 328 weeks ago Mr. Sharp made pep rallies enjoyable. Mr. Sharp was willing to laugh at himself. Mr. Sharp was always friendly. Mr. Sharp made school a place to be. I kept my Sharp head on a stick for years after high school. You don’t get an entire school shouting your name because of how your class is…it happened because we loved him. Mr. Sharp gave us great memories. SHARP! SHARP! SHARP! SHARP! SHARP! Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Class of “79” · 329 weeks ago Mrs. Coats was my favorite teacher in high school and they are correct, her only criticism is she did demand excellence, but she also helped you achieve that excellence by being a hands on teacher. Thank you Mrs. Coats for standing up for teachers back then and shame on you Gov. Brownback for undermining the educational system in Kansas to pad your buddies the Koch brothers pockets Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Melonie woll · 329 weeks ago Mrs. Coats was by and far – the BEST teacher I had in BPHS and I think of her often. Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Woodorow · 328 weeks ago So… she fought for the cash settlement? Every other employee in Kansas can get fired for any reason… no reason even need to be given… look it up, Kansas is a “Right to Work” state… but this teacher is applauded and special rules granted so she can fight being non-renewed, get a cash settlement… and go to another district?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *