Author - Scott Rothschild

KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 20

The Statehouse was busy with committee meetings Wednesday with KASB testifying on numerous bills. In House Taxation, KASB voiced opposition to SB 22, the tax cut bill that was approved by the Senate. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate director for advocacy, said the Legislature should first address the Kansas Supreme Court ruling to add an inflation adjustment to school funding before working on tax cuts. “Kansas is falling behind other states in education funding, and therefore investment in its own people,” Tallman said. “Before adopting a major reduction in revenue, KASB urges the Legislature to adopt the inflation adjustment to the school [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 19

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday recommended approval of legislation that would require schools conduct at least nine safety drills. SB 128 would require four fire drills, three crisis drills and two tornado drills. Last year a proviso had been placed in the budget requiring 16 safety drills, including nine crisis or shooter drills. Some schools said that was too many. KASB supported the bill. The committee also approved SB 16, which adds Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas and the Boys and Girls Club to a list of groups that can be funded by school districts with at-risk dollars. KASB testified as [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Mon. Feb. 18

With legislative deadlines looming, committees are holding hearings and voting all week on education-related bills. On Monday, KASB released a report on how school districts are using recent increases in funding to drive student success. More than 100 school districts responded to the question from legislators and KASB is seeking information from the remainder of districts too. Here is a link to a more detailed story about #FundingHelpsStudents. Meanwhile at the Statehouse, KASB testified on three bills. KASB opposed HB 2233, which would require school district provide a $500 stipend for each teacher for supplies, and HB 2219, which would require recordings [...]

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Legislators ask, schools answer: #FundingHelpsStudents

For the first time in eight years, Meade USD 226 will have summer school to help struggling students.  The district of approximately 400 students in southwestern Kansas has also expanded pre-school, improved its ability to address the social and emotional needs of young people and added a Career Academy to help students better prepare for life after graduation.  Meade’s efforts are an example of how public schools across Kansas have used recent increases in K-12 funds from the Legislature to drive student success after years of funding that trailed inflation, causing schools to pullback on many initiatives.  Last week, KASB and USA-Kansas [...]

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Numerous education bills to be heard, voted on this week

It is important for school leaders to try to stay up to date on happenings in the Legislature this week as House and Senate committees will be busy voting on and hearing numerous education bills and schedules could change on a moment’s notice.  On Monday, the Senate Education Committee will consider SB 47, which would create the student opportunity scholarship program. This would grant students who graduate a year early a scholarship equal to 95 percent of base aid that would be paid to the postsecondary institution the student attends. The committee has scheduled final action on the measure Wednesday. [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. Feb. 14

Vouchers, health care and KPERS dominated education-related news on Thursday and a Senate committee advanced a measure that would allow school boards to elect officers earlier.  SB 7, approved by the Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee, would allow school boards to elect their leaders in January instead of July. A detailed story on the measure, which is headed to the full Senate, can be read here.  On the issue of vouchers, the House K-12 Education Budget Committee held a hearing on HB 2150, which would allow witnesses or victims of bullying to transfer with a voucher to a private [...]

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SB 7 advanced by committee

SB 7, which changes the statutory date for the election of school board officers, was approved with an amendment Thursday by the Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee. The amended bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration. KASB is neutral on the bill.   SB 7 was introduced by Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, to rectify an unintended consequence of a 2015 law that changed the date for school board and city commission elections from April of odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years. That law did not, however, amend the existing statute requiring school boards to elect board [...]

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Correction: Kansas Reading Roadmap would be funded under governor’s proposed budget

In the KASB Daily Education Roundup for Monday, Feb. 11, the status of funding for the Kansas Reading Roadmap in the governor’s budget was incorrectly stated. Gov. Laura Kelly has proposed funding for Kansas Reading Roadmap for the next fiscal year. Kelly's budget is currently being reviewed by various legislative committees. Kansas Reading Roadmap serves about 5,500 students in 60 sites across the state, partnering with school districts and non-profits to increase early reading proficiency through after school and family engagement programs. The Feb. 11 Education Roundup has also been corrected. The governor's proposed budget would delete state general funding for a [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 13

Responses are pouring in from school districts that are explaining how additional funding has been used to drive student success.  Legislators are considering SB 44, which would add the inflationary adjustment to K-12 funding sought by Gov. Laura Kelly, the State Board of Education and the plaintiff school districts in the Gannon lawsuit who say the bill will settle what the Kansas Supreme Court has said is needed to make Kansas’ school finance system constitutional.  In consideration of the bill, Sen. Molly Baumgardner, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance, asked what schools have done with the funding increases [...]

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Urgent and Needs Response: School leaders need to share with legislators the impact of increased school funding

As debate continues in the Kansas Legislature over school finance, it is critically important lawmakers hear from school leaders across the state about how new funding is being used by school districts to help students.  KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas are asking our members to help us answer that question and disseminate that information to legislators who currently are considering SB 44, which would implement the inflation adjustment called for by Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas State Board of Education.  Legislators need to know how your school district is using recent funding increases to raise student achievement, especially for [...]

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