United Teachers of Wichita

Wichita school board discusses job reductions, incentives

At yesterday's meeting of the board of USD 259, the Wichita public school district, members heard descriptions of district policy on how a reduction in force -- layoffs, in other words -- world be accomplished if the district decides to use this method of reconciling its budget. Several speakers, including superintendent John Allison, remarked how unfortunate it was that on a night the district recognized excellence in teaching, it also discussed methods of reducing the number of teachers. Board member Betty Arnold, now a candidate for the Sedgwick County Commission, said she was troubled by the possibility of laying off…
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In Wichita, public school teacher working conditions are an issue

Larry Landwehr, president of United Teachers of Wichita, the union for Wichita public school teachers, recently addressed the board of USD 259, the Wichita public school district, regarding teacher morale and working conditions. Now that the district and the teachers union have reached an agreement on a contract, Landwehr said it's time to look at other issues, those not part of the contract negotiations. Employee morale, he said, is a major concern today. Specific factors he cited were "current economic conditions that teachers face, the long negotiations, the increased paperwork and workload placed upon educators over the past few years,…
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