Kansas Legislature

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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Correction: Kansas Reading Roadmap would be funded under governor’s proposed budget

In the KASB Daily Education Roundup for Monday, Feb. 11, the status of funding for the Kansas Reading Roadmap in the governor’s budget was incorrectly stated. Gov. Laura Kelly has proposed funding for Kansas Reading Roadmap for the next fiscal year. Kelly's budget is currently being reviewed by various legislative committees. Kansas Reading Roadmap serves about 5,500 students in 60 sites across the state, partnering with school districts and non-profits to increase early reading proficiency through after school and family engagement programs. The Feb. 11 Education Roundup has also been corrected. The governor's proposed budget would delete state general funding for a [...]

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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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