Committees continue school finance briefings next week

After receiving a briefing from researchers conducting a new education cost study last Friday, the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance will receive a presentation on a peer review of previous cost studies. (Note: these committee agendas have been revised several times on Wednesday and Thursday, and further changes are expected.) 

Next Wednesday, March 7, the Senate committee will hear from Dr. Jesse Levin of the American Institutes for Research, who was hired by the Legislative Coordinating Council, to discuss his review of the 2002 Augenblick & Myers study and the 2006 Legislative Post Audit study. Dr. Levin is also contracted to do a peer review of the new cost study under way by Dr. Lori Taylor of Texas A&M University. That study is due March 15 but is not expected to be presented to legislative committees until March 19. 

As of Thursday morning, it was unclear when the  House K-12 Budget Committee would receive a briefing. 

Throughout the rest of the week, the K-12 Education Budget Committee on Tuesday, March 6, will receive an informational briefing on the Impact of early childhood investments, with examples of current programming, and discussion of needs. 

On Wednesday, March 7, the committee will receive an informational briefing by the Kansas State Department of Education on Early Childhood, including presentations by Dr. Craig Correll, Superintendent, USD 445-Coffeyville; Dr. Steve Noble, Superintendent, USD 345-Seaman; and Mr. Bill Lowry, Superintendent, USD 431-Hosington. 

On Thursday, March 8, the committee holds a hearing on two bills concerning student transportation funding (see related story). 

The Senate Education Committee receives a presentation on High Enrollment Weighting on Monday, March 5,  a presentation on the FutureMaker Mobile STEM Lab on Tuesday, March 6; on Wednesday, March 7, a presentation on High Enrollment Weighting from the Kansas State Department of Education, Legislative Research Department and Revisor of Statutes; and on Thursday, March 8, a presentation on proposed concurrent enrollment from the Kansas Board of Regents. 

The House Education Committee does not have any scheduled meetings next week announced so far. 

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