Financing Schools

Conference committee reaches agreement on working after retirement

A conference committee reached agreement Tuesday afternoon on KPERS working after retirement provisions. The members of House Financial Institutions and Pensions and Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance expect to send the plan to their respective bodies this week for final action as the legislature approaches its theoretical 100-day session deadline of May 23.

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More details available on House school finance plan

The printed text of Sub HB 2410, the school finance bill reported without recommendation by the House K-12 Budget Committee, is now available, as well as descriptions of the bill by legislative staff and estimates of the financial impact of the bill on the state budget and individual districts. Here is link to the official legislative website page on the bill. The text of the bill as amended and reported by the committee is here, and the "supplemental note" describing the bill prepared by legislative staff is posted here. KASB has also posted two documents from the Kansas Legislative Research Department...

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School finance bill clears House committee; KASB Webinar and Senate panel to review

The House K-12 Education Budget Committee voted yesterday to send HB 2410 to the House floor without recommendation, after cutting the funding increase from $780 million over five years to $280 over two years, not counting increased funding for pension contributions, bond and interest and capital outlay aid. KASB will review the bill during a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today. To join the webinar please go to https://kasb.adobeconnect.com/e3kqhmifkpzs/event/login.html. If you have participated before, look for the blue text stating “If you have registered with us before, please click here.” You will be taken to a new page. For those who...

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KASB webinar on Tuesday on school finance bill advanced to full House

KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on the scaled-down school finance increase advanced by the House K-12 Education Budget Committee.  The measure, HB 2410, was reduced from a $750 million, five-year plan to a $285 million, two-year plan. It will be considered by the full House later this week.  To join the webinar please go to https://kasb.adobeconnect.com/e3kqhmifkpzs/event/login.html. If you have participated before, look for the blue text stating “If you have registered with us before, please click here.” You will be taken to a new page. For those who cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be...

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House school finance plan sharply reduced

A school finance bill was finally sent to the House floor for debate later this week, but only after the total funding increase for school districts was reduced by more than half. The House K-12 Education Budget Committee voted to report HB 2410 without recommendation, meaning the committee did not agree to give it a favorable endorsement. As amended, the committee approved a $4,006 base or foundation amount per pupil next year, which with other changes will increase school funding by an estimated $185 million. The following year, the base will be adjusted to add an additional $100 million in school...

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Another try at school funding proposal planned for today

The House K-12 Education Budget Committee is expected to try again this today to pass a school finance bill, with an expected debate over the cost of the plan. KASB will provide updates during the day via Twitter and Facebook, and will schedule a webinar to review the bill after it clears the committee. The committee has tentatively agreed to add $150 million in state school aid each year over the next five years, beginning the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Amendments to the bill had already pushed the first year cost over $150 million, and on Friday the...

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ALERT: No webinar today, but KASB will report school finance developments on Facebook Live

There may be attempts today to reduce the amount of funding in the school finance bill being considered by the House K-12 Education Budget Committee. Educators who have the opportunity may want to attend the committee meeting or contact their legislators about any developments. The committee is expected to continue working on House Bill 2410, which as of now, would increase school funding by $750 million over five years. But there could be amendments offered during the committee meeting to reduce that amount. The committee is scheduled to start meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday or upon first recess or adjournment of the...

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House committee continues amending school finance bill

The House K-12 Education Budget Committee spent three days this week making adjustments to HB 2410, the proposed new school finance bill. Chairman Larry Campbell, R-Olathe, announced the committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. or upon recess or adjournment of the House Friday with the intention to take final action on the bill, including possible adjustments in the funding levels in the bill or other financing issues. Here are the changes made this week, compared to the bill as amended by the committee through April 7, the end of the regular session, described in here by KASB.

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Committee continues work on school finance

Committee continues work on school finance bill The House K-12 Education Budget Committee is expected on Friday to advance a much-amended school finance bill to the full House for consideration. House Bill 2410 has been the focus of school finance discussions to address a Kansas Supreme Court order to put together a new formula by July 1 to replace the unconstitutional block grant system. The bill would restore many provisions of the pre-block grant school finance formula and increase school funding by approximately $750 million over five years. Two controversial provisions have been added to the bill. One requires school districts to provide...

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Tallman Report: There is no evidence Kansas could achieve higher student success through expanded school choice

This post is from a report on school finance released by KASB as the Kansas Legislature works to develop a new school finance plan in compliance with the Kansas Supreme Court decision on adequate funding. Today: states with tax credit programs to provide scholarships to private schools have no better academic success than Kansas, and in most cases, worse. Read Full Blog

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