School Efficiency

 Kansas public schools hit hard by funding challenges since recession, new report shows (10/21/2016) 
   A new report shows K-12 education in Kansas has sustained the eighth largest cut in the nation, further highlighting how well Kansas public schools are doing in overcoming funding challenges.
 Four Kansas schools receive National Blue Ribbon recognition (9/29/2016) 
   Four Kansas schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016 based on their overall academic excellence.
 Legislative Post Audit committee approves districts for efficiency audits (9/22/2016) 
   LPA approves three districts for school efficiency audit list for 2017. The Legislative Post Audit Joint Committee meeting on Wednesday identified three school districts for audits.
 House offer would shield school funding from Governor’s cuts (4/30/2016) 
   House budget negotiators Friday night proposed an amendment that would prohibit the Governor from using special allotment authority to reduce K-12 funding to balance the budget.
 KASB message on driving student success as Legislature returns (4/27/2016) 
   As the Kansas Legislature returned Wednesday for the 2016 wrap up session, KASB President Don Shimkus released the following message:
 Wrap-up session starts Wednesday with many school issues still up in the air (4/26/2016) 
   The Kansas Legislature returns Wednesday for the so-called wrap-up session to find a lot left unwrapped, including many measures that would affect public schools.
 Funding to operate schools has trailed inflation, new KASB report shows (4/25/2016) 
   School funding to pay for operating costs has increased 6.8 percent over the past five years.
 Coalition of Innovative Districts board raises concerns over assessments, pace of change (4/22/2016) 
   Several school leaders on Thursday expressed frustration with state assessments and impatience with the pace of changes emerging from the Coalition of Innovative Districts.
 Committee considering proposal on school district procurement (3/8/2016) 
   One option would make the collaborative procurement required while another would make it optional.
 Committee introduces bills to implement A&M recommendations (3/7/2016) 
   Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, said his intention was to start “working through the process” with the proposals.
 Two committees jump into state government efficiency report's major education-related recommendation (2/18/2016) 
   Two committees Wednesday jumped into the state government efficiency report’s major education-related recommendations.
 The Gannon equity decision and the impact of state aid changes on local property rates and per pupil (2/17/2016) 
   What does this mean for local taxpayers?
 Alvarez & Marsal top recommendations include education-related proposals (2/16/2016) 
   The top recommendations of a group studying state efficiencies include several major changes for K-12 education.
 Two school leaders tell legislators about containing facility costs (2/10/2016) 
   The House Utilities and Telecommunications Committee invited David Banks, energy manager of Wichita USD 259, and Darin Headrick, superintendent of Greensburg USD 422.
 House committee to review A&M recommendations on K-12 system (2/10/2016) 
   The briefing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 District realignment bill may be dead for session, but other key education measures in play (2/8/2016) 
   House Ed Chair Ron Highland, R-Wamego said his committee will not consider further this session HB 2504, which would reduce the number of school districts in Kansas to 132 from 286.
 School leaders pack hearing room to oppose district realignment measure (2/4/2016) 
   School leaders from across the state on Wednesday packed a legislative hearing room to overflowing to oppose a bill that they said would close schools and destroy communities.
 KASB to meet with school leaders Wednesday morning to prepare for hearing on school district realign (2/2/2016) 
   KASB will conduct a meeting Wednesday to help school leaders who plan on testifying later in the day on House Bill 2504, the school district realignment legislation.
 Special Alert: KASB urging school leaders contact legislators about 3 bills in House Ed (1/26/2016) 
   The House Education Committee has announced hearings next week on three bills KASB says could erode educational quality and equity in the state.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (1/22/2016) 
   This week, a special committee approved an interim report that may be the precursor of further discussions on a new school finance formula.
 SB 312 - Testimony (1/21/2016) 
   Extending the school district efficiency audit sunset and exemption time frame.
 HB 2441 - Testimony (1/21/2016) 
   Extending the school district efficiency audit sunset and exemption time frame.
 Coalition of Innovative School Districts hears about school counseling initiatives (1/21/2016) 
   On Wednesday morning, Kent Reed from KSDE shared information on the Kansas School Counseling Program and how it is being impacted by the new Kansans Can vision.
 K-12 Committee approves report; minority report also filed (1/19/2016) 
   The Special Committee on K-12 Student Success Tuesday in a partisan vote approved its final report, which recommends major changes to school funding.
 K-12 draft report to considered Tuesday (1/15/2016) 
   The report includes numerous recommendations including calls for overhauling at-risk funding, restricting the use of bonding for new projects, providing funding for each student to take the ACT, and requiring annual audits of every school district.
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