Author - Scott Rothschild

KASB President Miller interviewed on national broadcast about Kansas school funding situation

On a national radio broadcast Monday, KASB President Dayna Miller said she is hopeful that new Gov. Jeff Colyer will work to secure the funds needed to improve public education in Kansas and resolve the school finance litigation.  “We have a good relationship with Gov. Colyer and so we’re hopeful that that means an increase (in funding) and that means support throughout the Legislature,” Miller said during an interview on The Takeaway. Here is a link to the broadcast.   The show highlighted Kansas’ fiscal problems and Colyer’s ascension to the governor’s office after Sam Brownback left to become ambassador at...

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Hearings scheduled this week on firearms safety, taking office, suicide and bullying prevention bills

Four bills directly concerning school boards and districts have hearings scheduled this week.  Tuesday, 9 a.m.  The House Federal and State Affairs Committee holds a hearing on HB 2460, which authorizes but does not require school districts to provide firearm safety education programs in public schools. KASB will oppose the bill as introduced because it seems to require that any firearms safety program must follow State Board of Education curriculum standards, based on specific programs. KASB oppose specific state curriculum requirements.  Thursday, 9:30 a.m.  The Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee holds a hearing on SB 325, which would require that city,...

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Kansas school board members learning and advocating at NSBA conference

School board members from across Kansas are in Washington, D.C. this week honing their federal advocacy skills.  The National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute 2018 features sessions that arm attendees with the latest information on federal education spending, implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, evidence-based advocacy, immigration and social media messaging before they head to Capitol Hill to meet with their U.S. Senators and Representatives.  Education leaders from the Basehor-Linwood, Lawrence, Olathe, Girard, Topeka, Blue Valley, Wichita, Washington County, Shawnee Mission, Manhattan and Seaman school districts make up the 18-member KASB delegation. They’ll meet Monday with Senator Jerry Moran and on...

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Broadcast of KASB Live review of 4th week of session available

KASB Live reviewed the fourth week of the legislative session, which included the swearing-in of Gov. Jeff Colyer, key points in the transportation aid controversy, a look ahead at next week’s bill hearings and an update on the state revenue picture. Here is a link to watch the recorded broadcast. 

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Tallman Education Report tackles transportation funding controversy

KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, said Friday the transportation payments to schools that have been criticized by Republican legislative leaders should not be controversial and should not be repaid.  Here is a link to the Tallman Education Report.  In December, Legislative Post Audit released a report that said the Kansas State Department of Education implemented a transportation funding formula that provided additional funds to densely-populated school districts that weren’t authorized in statute.  Over the past two weeks, Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and House Speaker Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, requested a forensic audit of the transportation payments and suspension of...

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today will review this week’s events at the Statehouse

It was a busy week at the Statehouse and KASB Live will review all that happened at 12:30 p.m. today. To join the discussion and receive an in-depth analysis of the week's events, go to this link.   Kansas said goodbye to Sam Brownback and got a new governor in Dr. Jeff Colyer, while some legislators continued to fume about K-12 transportation funding and several bills that would affect schools were introduced. 

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January tax revenue much higher than projected

For the eighth straight month, Kansas tax collections surpassed projections, which may be good news for legislators trying to increase school funding. But state tax officials warned the higher than expected tax revenue in January was due to federal and state tax changes that caused many people to pay state taxes early. Kansas collected $165 million more in taxes in January than estimated, which is a whopping 28 percent surplus for the month. For the fiscal year that started July 1, Kansas has collected $3.9 billion in taxes, which is nearly $250 million more than expected, or 6.7 percent more. The Kansas Supreme...

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Colyer sworn in as Kansas governor; vows to keep schools open

Just moments after being sworn in as Kansas’ 47th governor, Jeff Colyer vowed that Kansas schools would not be shut down on his watch.  “I will not be responsible for shutting down Kansas government or schools,” he told a packed crowd for his Statehouse inaugural speech. “This is not Washington.” KASB's Facebook Live video of Colyer's address can be seen here.  Colyer takes over as governor as the Legislature faces a Kansas Supreme Court deadline to provide a remedy to the school finance system that the court has ruled is inadequate and inequitable.   Sworn into office by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice...

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KASB testifies against bill for part-time student participation

KASB on Wednesday testified against a bill that would allow school boards to permit part-time students to participate in school district activities and athletics.  HB 2540 would allow – but not require – local school boards to adopt a policy permitting any student who’s a resident in the district and attends a school registered with the State Board of Education to participate in any activities offered by the school district and regulated by the state activities association, regardless of whether the student attends a school in the district on a full-time basis.   Schools that are registered with the State Board are...

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Next week’s hearings on firearms safety, taking office, suicide prevention and bullying policies

The fifth week of the session gets a little busier. Below are bills currently scheduled for hearings, subject to change. If you have questions about these bills, or would like KASB's assistance in providing testimony, please contact us.  Tuesday, 9 a.m.  The House Federal and State Affairs Committee holds a hearing on HB 2460, which authorizes but does not require school districts to provide firearm safety education programs in public schools. KASB will likely be neutral on the bill, which is permissive. KASB believe such programs may already be authorized.  Thursday, 9:30 a.m.  The Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee holds a...

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