On Tuesday, KASB testified in favor of Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan — SB 44 — and against HB 2166, which would require high schools offer a course on financial literacy and all students pass the course to graduate. No committee action was taken on either bill. KASB’s Associate Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman told the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance that SB 44 provided the funds necessary for student success and a path to ending the long running Gannon lawsuit. Based on questions from committee members, school leaders are urged to contact their legislators and provide information [...]
With key legislative deadlines approaching, the bill hopper is hopping and legislative hearings are piling up. On Monday, the Senate Education Committee considered SB 128, which would recalibrate the number of safety drills that schools must have and the House K-12 Education Budget Committee held an informational hearing on Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan.
Three KASB workshops have been rescheduled because of winter storms. Prepping for Negotiations will be held Wednesday in Concordia and Gypsum, and Successful Student Discipline workshop in Topeka is now Thur. Feb. 28
The State Board of Education will consider recommendations designed to improve suicide awareness, prevention and training during its monthly meeting this week. On Tuesday, the State Board will take up the recommendations from the School Mental Health Advisory Council to align requirements of the Jason Flatt Act,
Here is a list of bills coming up, beginning Feb. 11. School leaders and advocates are urged to provide oral or written testimony on issues where they have concerns or information for the committee. Follow KASB communications as more hearings may be added at any time. School safety drills. Senate Education Committee hearing Monday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. on SB 128 - Requiring at least nine safety drills
Senate Republicans on Thursday approved mostly corporate tax cuts, but the 26-14 margin fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a gubernatorial veto. Also on Thursday, were meetings on issues related to transition services for students with disabilities, early childhood learning and at-risk funding. On the tax cuts,
Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to increase school funding and balance the budget is coming into conflict with Republican leadership attempts to cut taxes. On Wednesday, Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, helped pushed through a bill that would cut taxes by $190 million in the next fiscal year and more than $400 million over three years. The tax cuts
A bill that would allow school boards to change when they elect their officers received positive testimony from school board members on Wednesday, although they also urged school officials to stay alert to developments on the legislation because it could be amended. As written, SB 7 wouldn’t impact when school board elections
President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address on Tuesday called for Congress to “pass school choice,” but lawmakers seem unlikely to comply with his request. Trump said “school choice” would “help working families” but did not elaborate further.
Tuesday was a busy day for public schools and education-related issues both in Topeka and Manhattan. Legislators worked on the state pension system, K-12 and child welfare while the KASB and USA-Kansas first-ever Women’s Leadership Summit wrapped up with inspiring sessions in Manhattan. KASB President-Elect Shannon Kimball, who serves on the USD 497 Lawrence board of education, kicked off the morning at the Leadership Summit by recounting her journey from Kansas farm girl to young attorney to stay-at-home mom to school board member and local politician. Liberal USD 480 Superintendent Renae Hickert gave a session on managing conflict and its aftermath and [...]