KASB News

 KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. Friday (1/23/2017) 
   Legislators have been working on plans to balance the budget in the face of a $350 million revenue shortfall in the current fiscal year.
 Across-the-board spending cuts could reduce school aid $219 million (1/23/2017) 
   Legislators are also considering approaches to school aid reduction involving cash balances.
 Kansas Supreme Court says bill eliminating so-called teacher tenure doesn't violate constitution (1/20/2017) 
   The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a controversial law that repealed the so-called teacher tenure provision.
 KASB webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review Brownback's school budget (1/20/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review the impact of Gov. Sam Brownback’s school budget, which will trail increases in inflation, enrollment, and other changes and actually represent a decrease in operating budgets.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education developments before the Legislature (1/20/2017) 
   Kansas legislators this week started work on the budget and taxes and some key votes are expected next week. Meanwhile, the Kansas Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a 2014 law that stripped teachers of some procedural rights.
 KASB testifies that governor's school recommendations fail to provide needed funding (1/19/2017) 
   In addition, Kansas school funding continues to fall further behind in per pupil funding in relation to other states.
 Committees review governor’s plan to borrow idle funds (1/19/2017) 
   Those funds would be used to cover a projected $350 million deficit in the state general fund this, caused by a reduction in SGF tax revenue estimates.
 Bills affecting schools, including seat belts on school buses, to be considered next week (1/19/2017) 
   Those wanting to testify on these bills need to notify the committee and have their testimony submitted to the committee by the day before the hearing.
 KASB webinar on Friday to focus on impact of Brownback's budget on schools (1/19/2017) 
   KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate director for advocacy, has prepared this analysis of the governor’s budget recommendations and will go over them in detail during the webinar.
 Time to fund schools to keep up with inflation, changing costs, needed programs (1/18/2017) 
   KASB urges the Legislature and Gov. Brownback to fund schools at the level needed to keep up with changing costs and invest in the programs known to drive student success.
 Legislators start discussion of possible repeal of LLC loophole (1/18/2017) 
   The House Taxation Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday on House Bill 2023, which would repeal the exemption.
 Efficiency and post audit studies may influence school funding debates (1/18/2017) 
   Two key committees spent time Tuesday reviewing past studies that could prompt issues as the Legislature addresses education funding.
 House Education members get report from Coalition of Innovative Districts (1/18/2017) 
   The Coalition of Innovative School Districts gave its annual report to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.
 KASB will conduct webinar at 12:30 p.m. Friday on Legislature (1/17/2017) 
   KASB will conduct its weekly legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. Friday to review actions by the Legislature.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (1/13/2017) 
   Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his budget to kick off the 2017 legislative session and while his plan didn’t gain much support, it did show what a mess the state’s finances are in.
 Report on a consolidated K-12 health plan will be released next month (1/12/2017) 
   State auditors announced Thursday it will complete its report on the possibility of establishing a consolidated K-12 health insurance plan early next month. On Wednesday, Gov. Sam Brownback made the consolidation part of his budget plan.
 Senators unpack governor's KPERS recommendations (1/12/2017) 
   Senators on Thursday unpacked Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals on the state pension system and indicated they didn’t like what they saw.
 USA/Kansas, KASB hosting advocacy conference today and Friday (1/12/2017) 
   United School Administrators of Kansas and KASB are sponsoring an Advocacy in Action conference today and Friday, featuring education and legislative leaders addressing major issues confronting Kansas and the 2017 Legislature.
 Governor's budget would reduce K-12 funding based on savings not proven (1/11/2017) 
   Brownback released his state budget proposal on Wednesday for the rest of this fiscal year and next two years.
 Porter, Busch new chair, vice chair of State Board of Education (1/11/2017) 
   In its transfer of leadership duties, the State Board of Education on Tuesday elected Jim Porter as its chair and Kathy Busch as vice chair.
 KASB webinar on Brownback budget at 12:30 p.m. today (1/11/2017) 
   For those who cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be archived at kasb.org/legiswebinars.
 DeVos nomination hearing postponed until next week (1/10/2017) 
   U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is a member of the Senate committee considering DeVos’ nomination.
 Committee bill introduced to repeal so-called `LLC loophole' (1/10/2017) 
   Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, the new chairman of the Taxation Committee, said legislators needed to work quickly to alleviate the state’s financial mess.
 State Board of Education to hear teacher vacancy update, other business (1/10/2017) 
   The Board will recess at 4:20 in order to attend Governor Sam Brownback’s State of the State address at 5 p.m.
 How to stay informed, involved during legislative session (1/9/2017) 
   Here are several ways to follow developments and stay involved during the session:
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