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  • Olathe kindergarten teacher pays it forward to retired teacher volunteering in classroom

    OLATHE, Kan. — Teachers at one Olathe elementary school are paying it forward to a retired teacher who has clocked approximately 5,000 volunteer hours since retiring 11 years ago. Genia Deets said Dusty Wells is a retired music teacher, but she still goes to school every single day. “She’s like my right hand,” Deets said. “She is fantastic.” Wells helps students in Deets’ kindergarten class at Green Springs Elementary learn their letters and words. “She’s a very busy mom and [

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  • Teacher’s union files complaints that Shawnee Mission schools retaliated against teachers

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A metro teacher’s union is reacting Friday to what they say was a retaliation transfer of three of its teachers. In a rare move, the National Education Association of Shawnee Mission has filed a complaint with the Kansas Department of Labor. They claim three teachers from John Diemer Elementary School were involuntarily transferred in retaliation for complaining about their principal. It has been a decade or more since the Kansas teacher’s union has filed a...

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  • Three teachers excused from jury in Catholic school teacher’s lawsuit against diocese

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About three dozen prospective jurors were dismissed on Tuesday during jury selection in a lawsuit filed by a former Catholic school teacher who claims she was fired for being pregnant and unmarried. Michelle Bolen alleges she was terminated from her position at St. Therese Catholic School in the Northland in 2015. The diocese disputes these claims and insists Bolen’s contract wasn’t renewed because of performance issues that had nothing to do with her pregnancy. Bolen worked...

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