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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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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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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 12

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 [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Mon. Feb. 11

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. 

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Education bills with hearings Week of Feb. 11

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

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