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Gannon analysis

The Kansas Office of Revisor of Statutes has released a comprehensive summary of the state supreme court’s ruling in the Gannon school finance case, which ruled that the state’s two-year-old block grant system for funding K-12 public schools was not constitutionally adequate in either structure or implementation. KASB Staff Attorney Lori Church and KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman conducted a webinar on the Gannon decision on March 2. You can view the archived webinar and supporting materials here.

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Bill expanding tax credits for scholarships to private schools will be considered Friday

A bill to expand state tax credits to pay for students to attend private schools will receive a public hearing this week. House Bill 2374 will be considered at 1:30 p.m. Friday before the House K-12 Education Budget Committee. The measure would expand participation in a current program that allows the granting of tax credits to those who contribute to a scholarship fund that is then used to pay the tuition of students to go to private schools, or even home schools. According the annual report on the program by the Kansas State Department of Education, there are currently 329 eligible students participating in the program, drawn from five school districts: 255 students from Kansas City USD...

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Leadership for Tomorrow visits Hutchinson, Stafford

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow (LFT) class kicked off its 2017 session by learning about school-to-career options March 2-3 in Hutchinson and Stafford. Take a look at some of the pictures captured during the class visit to Hutchinson and Stafford public schools. Click here! The class kicked off its inaugural meeting on Thursday with group work about district culture and board leadership challenges at Hutchinson High School’s Career and Technical Education Academy. The facility features a state-of-the art auto repair shop as well as classrooms devoted to the culinary arts, building trades and medical science. Class members toured the CTE building and...

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Additional negotiations training set

The KASB legal staff has added another negotiations training session from 9 a.m. until noon on Wed. March 29 at the Northwest Kansas Educational Services Center in Oakley. Changes made to the Professional Negotiations Act require annual training for those selected to represent the local board and the professional employees’ organization. KASB Legal Staff provides generalized training in negotiations to all members. In addition, a wide-range of legal support is available to members of the KASB Legal Assistance Fund. This full service starts with negotiation preparation and concludes with the drafting of the final agreement. For more information, contact KASB at 785-273-3600...

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Senate Assessment & Taxation begin working on a new tax plan

Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee Chair Senator Caryn Tyson (R-Parker) opened the door to dialog among the nine committee members during its special Monday afternoon meeting. With the Senate falling three votes short of the override vote on HB 2078, the committee is now back to the drawing board as it works to craft a tax plan that can accomplish three key objectives: Close the projected budget gap for FY'18 and FY'19 Generate additional revenue to respond to the Supreme Court ruling on Gannon Generate enough support in both the House and Senate to have a veto- proof majority Areas for...

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Legislators want to know how much the school finance ruling will cost

Legislators returning Monday from their session break resumed work with one major question — how much will it cost to satisfy last week’s Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the state is not providing adequate funding for schools? The answer: The court did not specify an exact amount although it discussed earlier proposals from previous studies and court rulings. John Robb, an attorney representing plaintiff school districts, said the state needs to provide about $800 million more to schools. After a 2005 court decision, base state aid funding increased to $4,433 per student in 2009 but then the state started making cuts during...

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School finance ruling 11 am today, KASB webinar on decision 4 pm

The Kansas Supreme Court will issue its decision on the Gannon school finance case at approximately 11 a.m. today and KASB will conduct a webinar on the ruling at 4 p.m. today. To join the webinar please go to https://kasb.adobeconnect.com/e7lpk03mtq3/event/login.html . If you have participated before, look for the blue text stating “If you have registered with us before, please click here.” You will be taken to a new page. For those who cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be archived at kasb.org/legiswebinars. KASB's Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, and KASB attorney Lori Church will provide analysis...

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Seven receive 2017 Kansas Master Teacher award

Seven teachers have received the 2017 Kansas Master Teachers award, which is presented to teachers “who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.” The winners are: •    John Butcher, art teacher at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park; •    Melinda Eitel, kindergarten teacher at Grace E. Stewart Elementary School in Salina; •    Joan Hayden, physical education teacher at Fort Riley Middle School; •    Jennifer Hendrix, physics teacher at Dodge City High School; •    Kimberly Hett, fifth grade teacher for Andover eCademy; •    Brandy Lane, sixth grade teacher at Pauline South Intermediate School in Topeka; •    Laura...

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Trump touts tax credits for private school scholarships

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Congress to pass legislation he said would allow disadvantaged students “to choose public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.” Trump noted the example of a young woman from Florida who, after having failed third-grade twice, was able to graduate high school by attending a private school with the help of a tax credit scholarship program. In his speech to Congress, Trump didn’t provide details of what he would like to see in legislation, but under tax credit programs, corporations get tax credits if they contribute to organizations that provide scholarships to private and...

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Report has Kansas education at 14th, government 48th

Good thing Kansas has a solid education system. Otherwise the state would have ranked much lower in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the states. Overall, Kansas ranked 28th. Among all states, Kansas received its highest mark in education at 14th and infrastructure at 15th. Kansas’ lowest rankings were in government, 48th, and the economy, 43rd. Kansas also ranked 22nd in opportunity, 23rd in health care, 32nd in crime. Who was No. 1? Massachusetts. Why? The report stated: “Health care and education are public priorities, and Massachusetts is succeeding at both.” The magazine used 60 measurements under the categories of health care, education, crime and corrections, infrastructure,...

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