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Teachers, supporters give Kansas lawmakers earful at legislative forum


Retired teacher Leota Coats drew a standing ovation from a crowd of 200 Monday night when she told a dozen Kansas lawmakers that they’d done more harm than good with a recent action to strip teachers of state-mandated due-process protection from summary dismissal.

Twenty-four years ago, Coats was dismissed from her teaching job at Wellington High School after she had flunked a star football player before a big game. “They came to me and asked me to change the grade,” she said. “I said no, I couldn’t, not in good faith.”...