Financing Schools

Education leaders urged to contact members of House-Senate conference committee on SB 16

School leaders are urged to contact members of the House-Senate conference committee on SB 16 to respond to questions from committee members, who remained far apart Monday after three meetings.   In fact, the committee is somewhat divided on what it should even be discussing, because the House heavily amended SB 16 to include numerous education policy provisions but never passed a bill with actual school funding appropriations or a response to the Gannon lawsuit.  The Senate, on the other hand, passed SB 142, adopting an inflation adjustment to last year’s school funding bill in response to the Kansas Supreme Court. [...]

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Legislature returns to work on school finance

The Kansas Legislature returns to work today after a long weekend with the clock ticking on reaching an agreement on school finance. The state faces an April 15 deadline to provide the Kansas Supreme Court with legal briefs on a proposed remedy to the court’s instruction to add an inflation adjustment to an earlier K-12 increase. House and Senate negotiators start meeting today on SB 16, which the House filled with numerous policy provisions. The Senate has approved SB 142, which includes the four-year inflation adjustment, but a House GOP leadership plan, HB 2395, which cuts off funding increases in fiscal [...]

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Status of education bills as House and Senate take break

As the full House and Senate go on a short break until Monday, here is the status of major education bills. Education advocates are urged to contact their legislators to talk about K-12 finance, resolving the Gannon lawsuit and the many policy provisions in SB 16. On funding, KASB urges support of SB 142, which includes the four-year inflation adjustment supported by the State Board of Education, Gov. Laura Kelly and the Senate. KASB opposes HB 2395. On policy provisions, KASB opposes many of the provisions of SB 16. House – No action on Substitute for HB 2395 (Funding); leaves [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. March 26

After passing an education policy bill, SB 16, with multiple requirements for school reporting, studies and program requirements, the Kansas House adjourned Tuesday without voting on how to respond to the Gannon school finance case. No vote is scheduled for today, and the House will not meet again until Monday, with the adjournment of the regular Legislative session April 5.  The Kansas Senate has already passed a bill, SB 142, that adjusts school district foundation aid to add about $90 million a year to the five-year funding plan approved last session to meet the inflation adjustment requested by the Kansas [...]

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Late breaking: House approves SB 16 on 63-61 vote

Despite opposition from education groups, including KASB, and school districts, the Kansas House on Tuesday approved SB 16, which would make numerous policy changes. The 63-61 vote sends the bill back to the Senate for consideration. Here is a link to the vote tally. Pushed by House GOP leaders, SB 16 emerged heavily amended from the House K-12 Education Budget Committee. KASB supports some of the changes, but opposes others, including removal of the 92 percent of excess special education funding target and new requirements on local transportation policies. In addition, KASB said SB 16 should not have been considered until the [...]

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Roberts to co-sponsor measure fully funding IDEA

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is a co-sponsor of a federal bill to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) over 10 years. Bipartisan bills are scheduled to be introduced today in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.  Roberts, R-Kansas, who announced he will retire from the Senate when his current term ends in 2020, remarked recently that he would like to see IDEA fully funded before he leaves office.  The IDEA governs special education services nationwide and in Kansas by seeking to ensure that disabled students have the same educational opportunities as their non-disabled peers. The [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Mon. March 25

The Kansas House on Monday gave preliminary approval to SB 16 shortly before midnight and then adjourned before taking up HB 2395. The House will take final action on SB 16 Tuesday (March 26) and HB 2395 was listed as last among a list of 15 measures up for possible debate. SB 16 contains numerous education policy provisions and HB 2395 is the House GOP leadership’s school finance plan. School board members are urged to contact their legislators through text or phone calls to encourage them to vote against both bills. The House advanced SB 16 on a 63-60 vote. Since it takes [...]

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ALERT: House schedules debate on school funding and other education bills Monday

The Kansas House has scheduled Monday to debate two bills – HB 2395 and SB 16 -- concerning school funding and education policy recommended yesterday by the K-12 Education Budget Committee. School leaders are urged to contact House members about your views on these bills.  Several other education-related bills are also scheduled for debate Monday, along with numerous other issues. It is also possible debate on these measures could be postponed. Here are KASB’s positions.  Response to Gannon, HB 2395:  HB 2395 is the House committee’s response to the Gannon school finance case. It would provide the same level of additional funding [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. March 21

The four years of funding increases remaining in the state’s five-year school finance plan would be reduced by two years under a bill passed Thursday by the House K-12 Education Budget Committee.   HB 2395 was approved on an 8-4 vote and now goes to the full House. A move by Democrats to adopt SB 142, which adds the inflation adjustment sought by the Kansas Supreme Court on top of the increases in the five-year plan approved by the Legislature last year, failed on a voice vote. Gov. Laura Kelly, the State Board of Education, KASB and the Senate have endorsed [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. March 20

The Kansas House on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to expand Medicaid, a move and debate that caused the House K-12 Education Budget to postpone until Thursday (March 21) its work on a school finance plan. The House is scheduled Thursday to take a final vote on the Medicaid expansion, which would extend health care coverage to 130,000 low income Kansans. Advocates of Medicaid expansion say it will help not only adults, but also children to receive needed health care, which in turn will help them in school. The measure was placed as an amendment, replacing the contents of HB 2066. Shortly [...]

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