Kansas Legislature

KASB Daily Education Roundup for Wed. Jan. 30

Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday launched a new group that is tasked with integrating Kansas education from prenatal to adults retraining for the changing economy. And in other education developments, the House K-12 Education Budget Committee heard about the success of the pilot School Mental Health Intervention program and a hearing has been set for Kelly’s proposed school funding plan — SB 44 — for Wednesday before the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance. At the initial meeting of the Governor’s Council on Education, Kelly said, “None of us can do this alone. We have got to work together,” she...

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Tue. Jan. 29

While the Kansas Teacher of the Year team on Tuesday briefed legislators on what is going on in the classroom, a special committee was considering a bill that would cut taxes by $191.6 million in the next fiscal year, with most of that tax break going to corporations. SB 22, which is before the Senate Select Committee on Federal Tax Code Implementation, would allow Kansans to itemize their state tax deductions even if they don’t itemize on their federal taxes. But it would also lower some business taxes. Of the $191.6 million tax cut, $137.2 million would go to corporations...

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Mon. Jan. 28

On Monday, various legislative education committees continued to receive updates on numerous subjects, including higher education, concurrent enrollment and school safety. In addition, Senate Democrats introduced SB 52, which would restore due process procedures for teachers. In 2014, the Legislature repealed a teacher’s right to a hearing before an independent officer if the school board decided to non-renew the contract of a teacher who had been employed by the district for at least three years. Before the House K-12 Education Budget Committee, School Safety Specialists Susan McMahan and John Culvert discussed the newly formed Safety and Secure Schools Unit within the...

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Mental health needs of students on the front burner

Citing tragic stories and alarming statistics, Kansans from Gov. Laura Kelly to everyday school social workers are making the case to legislators for increased funding to address the physical and mental health needs of children and students.  In her State of the State address, Kelly recited the names of Kansas children who died, falling through the cracks of the state’s child welfare system. Kelly told the Legislature, “I know that each of you is committed to protecting all God’s children. And that begins with our most needy. I ask you to join me with this fight.”  This week, school social workers,...

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today; Gov. Kelly’s budget director will join the conversation

KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today will feature Gov. Laura Kelly's State Budget Director Larry Campbell and an analysis of the governor's K-12 funding plan. KASB staff will also discuss other developments during the second week of the 2019 legislative session. To join the conversation, go to this link.

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Thur. Jan. 24

On Thursday, legislative committees heard about mental health needs in schools and funding needs for child welfare services and Gov. Laura Kelly re-established the Governor’s Education Council. KASB’s Facebook Live summary of the day’s events can be seen here. KASB Live will conduct a review of the second week of the legislative session at 12:30 p.m. today. Kelly’s State Budget Director Larry Campbell will be a guest on the broadcast. The Education Council is tasked with better aligning workforce development and career exploration with the Kansans Can initiative that focuses on the success of each student. Here is link to a...

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Governor’s Council on Education will continue

Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday re-established the Governor’s Council on Education to better align workforce development and career exploration with the Kansans Can initiative that focuses on the success of each student. Kelly signed an executive order that says the council will meet at least quarterly and submit periodic reports and an annual report to the governor. “They will work together to find ways to improve education outcomes in Kansas and provide future opportunities for our children,” Kelly said. The council will be chaired by former Kansas City USD 500 superintendent Cynthia Lane and Dodge City USD 443 Superintendent Fred Dierksen. Many...

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KASB’s Education Roundup for Wed. Jan. 23

On Wednesday, the House K-12 Committee was briefed by Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis about school funding. Committee members had numerous questions about the additional funding proposed by Gov. Laura Kelly aimed at settling the Gannon lawsuit. Here is a link to a blog by Mark Tallman, KASB associate executive director for advocacy and communications, on the matter. Also, during the K-12 meeting, state Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, introduced a bill that would essentially enact the governor's school funding plan, adding an additional $360 million over four years above what has currently been approved. Ward's bill hasn't been given a...

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