Kansas Legislature

KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. Feb. 13

Vaping, vouchers and vaccines were the subject of much discussion Thursday in the Kansas Legislature. Meanwhile, the Senate Assessment and Tax Committee removed school districts from SB 294 before sending the property tax-related bill to the full Senate. In its original form, the legislation would have saddled school districts and other taxing entities with expensive reporting requirements on property tax levies. KASB testified against the bill, noting that school district taxes already are subject to budget limits and public notice and tax protest requirements. The committee agreed. The bill was also amended to remove the tax lid for city and...

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KASB Live on Friday to review Week 5 of legislative session

KASB Live will broadcast at 10:30 a.m. Friday to review the fifth week of the 2020 legislative session. Here is a link to the webinar. After the live presentation, the interactive broadcast will be archived and available as a video and podcast. Here is a link to the KASB Live Youtube channel and here is a link to KASB Live podcast. KASB has staff and resources that can help you stay informed on what is happening in Topeka, and through affiliation with NSBA, what is happening in Washington. You can find numerous education reports and studies on the KASB website at...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 12

Several education proposals were moving through the Legislature on Wednesday, and hearings are scheduled for Thursday on bills opposed by KASB and other public school advocates. The House K-12 Education Budget Committee held a hearing on HB 2526, which would change the law that ties the equalization schedule to the district with the lowest assessed valuation per pupil. That district is always Fort Leavenworth USD 207, which is on a military base with almost no taxable valuation. KASB and several school districts testified in support of the bill. Here is a link to KASB’s testimony. The House Education Committee held a...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 11

Two heavy days of hearings on education bills are on tap Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the House Education Committee held a hearing on HB 2573, which would require students pass an American civics exam in order to graduate. The student could take the test as many times as needed and as early as seventh-grade.  The exam would have 100 questions similar to the questions used for United States citizenship and immigration services.  KASB opposes the bill, saying curriculum should be established by the local board and that students already are required to take three history and government unites to...

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Many new education bills being considered this week

New Bills with Hearings this week  (Monday)  Teacher Liability Protection  HB 2572, introduced by and referred to House Education, hearing held Mon. Feb. 10. Creates the Educator Protection Act and establishes the Kansas Educator liability Fund to provides excess professional liability insurance coverage for all teachers and student teachers, subject to appropriations, to protect against damages for claims arising out of the performance of their duties as teachers and student teachers within the scope of their employment. The fund is to be administered by the Insurance Commissioner and no premium or fee shall be changed to any full or part-time teachers and...

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