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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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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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Tue. Feb. 5

Tuesday was a busy day for public schools and education-related issues both in Topeka and Manhattan. Legislators worked on the state pension system, K-12 and child welfare while the KASB and USA-Kansas first-ever Women’s Leadership Summit wrapped up with inspiring sessions in Manhattan. KASB President-Elect Shannon Kimball, who serves on the USD 497 Lawrence board of education, kicked off the morning at the Leadership Summit by recounting her journey from Kansas farm girl to young attorney to stay-at-home mom to school board member and local politician. Liberal USD 480 Superintendent Renae Hickert gave a session on managing conflict and its aftermath and...

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KASB Education Daily Roundup for Mon. Feb. 4

Pensions, concurrent enrollment and mental health were before the Legislature on Monday. The Kansas Senate advanced a bill to make a $115 million payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. A final Senate vote is expected Tuesday. State Sen. Rick Billinger, R-Goodland, urged passage of SB 9, saying the state had promised to make the payment and had enough revenue now. Some Democrats said it would be better to wait for legislators to make decisions on state spending before committing the funds to KPERS. If approved, the measure, which would go toward the public school group of KPERS, would then be...

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Thur. Jan. 31

On Thursday, a Senate committee approved a tax cut that could reduce revenue by more than $420 million over three years and the House and Senate education committees heard from children and parent advocates. Here is a link to a more detailed story about SB 22, which was approved by the Senate Select Committee on Federal Tax Code Implementation. KASB, in written testimony here, expressed serious concerns with the legislation because of the impact it could have on school funding. KASB urges education leaders to speak with their senators about the measure, which may be voted on next week in...

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Thur. Jan. 17

Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday made it clear early in her first State of the State address — “My No. 1 priority will always be public schools.” Kelly's budget details on K-12 funding were to be released this morning. KASB Live will review those recommendations and other education issues at 11:30 a.m. today. Here is a link to the broadcast. Kelly, a Democrat facing a Republican-dominated Legislature, focused much of her speech on public education, urging the Legislature to quickly resolve the Gannon school finance case. “The days of doing the bare minimum to fund our schools are over. It stops...

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KASB Live at 11:30 a.m. today to review governor’s budget, first week of session

KASB Live will review Gov. Laura Kelly’s school funding proposal and other issues during a webinar at 11:30 a.m today. Here is a link to join the broadcast. In her State of the State address on Wednesday, Kelly called for providing the necessary funding to resolve the Gannon lawsuit. During the first week of the session, bills were introduced to shift the date for school boards to elect officers (Senate Bill 7), make a one-time payment of $115 million to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (SB 9) and reduce taxes (SB 13). These issues and a look forward at what...

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Legislative leaders may push rewind on funding formula

Multiple media reports on Monday indicated Kansas Republican legislative leaders may want to rewrite the 2018 K-12 funding formula that was conditionally accepted by the Kansas Supreme Court. The Court said the 2018 law was structurally sound and would fix inequities identified in the Gannon school funding lawsuit if inflationary adjustments were added in Fiscal Years 2019-2023. In recent days, lawyers for the plaintiffs indicated they would settle the case if lawmakers added the inflation adjustments, which are estimated at roughly $360 million. Speaker of the Kansas House Ron Ryckman and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning indicated Monday they didn’t...

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With higher revenue forecast, legislators review budget issues

Following last Friday’s release of new official revenue estimates, leaders of the Legislature’s budget committees yesterday received a briefing on issues they will face in the 2019 session.  The new estimates project the state general fund will take in $300 million more than expected in the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and result in an ending balance of over $900 million or 12.6 percent.  However, commitments the Legislature has already made could whittle the ending balance down to $308 million dollar by 2021, with expenditures exceeding revenues by the same amount. In addition, state agencies have submitted requests for...

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KPERS update available on KASB video, podcast

In a new KASB Live segment, Alan Conroy, executive director of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, provides an update on the improving fiscal health of the pension plan that serves employees for schools and state and local governments. Here is a link to the video and here is a link to the podcast.

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