Kansas Mom Walks 60 Miles To Back Teachers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A northeast Kansas mom has completed a three-day walk from her home in Merriam to Topeka to protest policies she says hurt public schools and teachers.

Heather Ousley began her 60-mile trek Saturday and finished with a news conference Tuesday in the Statehouse. Ousley says she was compelled to act because of bills before the Legislature that she and other critics claim are an attack on teacher rights and quality public schools.

Ousley was joined by several dozen teachers, parents and children from the Shawnee Mission school district who were lobbying legislators. The gathering was part of a new organization, Game on for Kansas Schools, which is advocating for strong public schools and increased funding.