TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – On Tueday the National Kansas Education Association (KNEA) will try to overturn a policy change passed by lawmakers that makes it easier to fire teachers. The group had their case dismissed in a district court but now their appeal is being heard by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Two years ago teachers had a little more job protection than they do now. If a teacher had been working for more than three years, they would have a right to a hearing before being fired.

Lawmakers got rid of that due process rule in 2014. Chris Huntsman, a retired teacher for Topeka Public Schools, says it’s unfair.

“Now that I am retired I can be outspoken, but when I was working, if I would disagree with an administrator or a school board member, my job could be on the line,” she says. “And if they unfairly or unjustly wanted to terminate me because their child did not get the grade they thought they should earn, I could possibly be non-renewed.”

She says the due process gave her and others protection from unfair termination.

“We want excellent teachers. Often times when a teacher does have a weakness, that can be corrected.”

Legislatures who support the change say that the old due process law made it difficult to fire a bad teacher.

But the KNEA argues that lawmakers didn’t pass the change correctly because lawmakers slipped the rule into a bill that had nothing to do with teachers’ rights.

“Kansas statute says that bills must be single subject,” says KNEA’s Marcus Baltzell. “So a funding bill must be funding oriented and a policy bill must be policy oriented. Our argument is that it was a funding bill. Not a due process bill.”

A decision is not expected to be reached tomorrow.