Sound Off: Teacher contracts
<b>Do teachers in Lawrence have the right to negotiate their own individual contracts with the school board, or do they have to be represented? </b>
Lawrence school district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said the Lawrence Education Association is the recognized bargaining unit for teachers in the Lawrence school district. LEA is a local affiliate of the Kansas National Education Association. According to Mark Desetti of the KNEA explains that under the Kansas Professional Negotiations Act (K.S.A. 72-5415), whenever a professional association such as LEA is recognized by a majority of the professional employees in a district, that association becomes the exclusive representative to negotiate contracts for all teachers within that district.