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School finance bill to get funding mechanism, vote this week

House K-12 Education Committee Chairman Larry Campbell (R-Olathe) told KASB today that HB 2410, the committee’s school finance formula bill, will have a funding mechanism infused into it this week. The chairman said he hopes to move the bill out of committee this Friday. The committee finished its preliminary work on HB 2410 in April, just before the legislature adjourned for a three-week break. Campbell at that time declined to move the bill out to the full House, citing a desire for former Senator Jeff King, who is now the legislature’s counsel on the bill, to examine the measure. Campbell...

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NSBA update 2017 federal budget

Early Monday, congressional leaders filed a consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 244) to fund education and other programs throughout the remainder of FY2017. The text of the bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education is available here. The House Committee on Rules is scheduled to consider the bill today, in order to establish the terms and conditions for House floor debate that is expected Wednesday. Overall, the FY 2017 omnibus bill (H.R. 244) results in a net cut of $1.1 billion compared with comparable 2016 funding levels, but the bill would provide more than a $1...

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Tomorrow is ‘Ed Day’ Wednesday at the Statehouse

With the Legislature back in session, KASB encourages members to come to the Statehouse tomorrow to participate in `Ed Day.’ During the legislative session, every Wednesday, the KASB Advocacy Team provides briefings on education issues and assists members in interacting with legislators and attending meetings. The Senate Select Committee on Education Finance is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Those coming in for `Ed Day’ generally meet in the morning at the Statehouse entrance lobby but participants can also contact members of the Advocacy Team. For more information, contact: Mark Tallman, mtallman@kasb.org or 785-608-4506; Leah Fliter at lfliter@kasb.org or 785-320-1491; Rob Gilligan...

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Kansas’ future will require a fair, adequately funded school finance formula

For Kansas to move forward, the Legislature must put school funding back on the right track. That means as legislators meet during the wrap up session, they need to provide a fair and adequately funded formula so that our children will be able to compete in today’s society. KASB has put together evidence-based research to help legislators as they debate and formulate policies that should be part of a comprehensive school finance plan. Here is a link that document. KASB believes House Bill 2410 contains the components of a sound school finance formula but also believes the five-year timetable should be accelerated...

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Tax bill negotiated in conference stumbles

A tax bill stumbled Tuesday after Senate Republican leaders said it did not have enough support. The measure was negotiated earlier by House-Senate Tax Conference Committee and teed up for possible action but during a Senate GOP caucus meeting it became apparent the proposal was in trouble. Still, further talks were expected to continue as legislators search for ways to close a mammoth revenue gap and also increase school funding to address a Kansas Supreme Court order. The proposed measure, contained in HB 2067, would raise an estimated $850 million to $900 million over two years – enough to cover budgets for...

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Legislative Post Audit receives efficiency audit for USD 457, selects audits for FY’18

The Legislative Post Audit Committee had a full day meeting on Friday to receive several spring audit reports as well as set the course of action for FY'18.  One of the biggest issues discussed was the efficiency audit of Garden City USD 457. The audit report indicated ideas that could lead to 1.5 percent to 2 percent of savings opportunities for the districts, with eight recommendations falling into the Auditors category of having little or no impact on the Students or Community and 1 recommendation in the category of Significant impact. As is often the case, efficiency recommendations were made in...

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Take Action Now: Obamacare Repeal would hurt students with disabilities; NSBA urges ‘No’ vote

The National School Boards Association is urging education advocates to call their U.S. House members and urge them to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act, a vote which may come up as early as Wednesday. The following news release was issued by NSBA: ACT NOW: OBAMACARE REPEAL CUTS MEDICAID FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will be moving forward to consider legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." After a month of negotiations and changes to the original bill filed in March, House members plan to vote on the American Health Care...

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Governor’s budget includes funds for early childhood, reading, at risk

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday assembled its "omnibus" appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018. The measure includes funding for early childhood and reading programs and for certain at-risk programs. The committee met for the first time since the state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CRE) April 20 prediction that state revenues will be up about $150 million over previous estimates for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Legislature reconvenes Monday after a three-week break to finish its budget and tax work, and craft a new school funding formula, in preparation for final adjournment of the 2017 legislative session. An omnibus...

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Trump signs executive order on federal education regulations

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order allowing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to propose getting rid of any federal regulations she determines intrude unlawfully on state and local control of public schools. National School Board Association President Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Gentzel said NSBA was “encouraged” that the executive order was “reaffirming the state and local role in K-12 education decision making” and looked forward to working with the administration in reviewing the federal provisions and requirements. “Restoring governance to local decision-makers, including school boards which represent their community’s beliefs and values and know...

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2017 Westar Energy STEM Innovation Awards Submission Deadline July 14

Three $3,000 grants to support innovative project-based instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are available from Westar Energy.  This is the fourth year for the grant program, and funds can be used to increase student interest and academic achievement in the STEM disciplines as applied to electrical energy. A focus on increasing the diversity of students involved in STEM education is of special interest area. The awards are a partnership between Westar Energy, Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) and Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). A selection committee, composed of personnel from Westar Energy, KASB and KSDE...

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