Professional Personnel

Changes coming to KPERS Working After Retirement

Changes in the rules for working after retirement from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System will go into effect in 2018.  KPERS Executive Director Alan Conroy discussed these changes in a KASB news video.  To view other KASB news videos, visit the KASB YouTube page.  Conroy explained that the 2017 Legislature made three major changes to the working after retirement law taking effect January 1, 2018.  First, retirees from the KPERS system will have a 180 day waiting period, up from the current 60 day break, if they retire before age 62. At age 62 or later, the waiting period remains 60 days....

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Working after retirement bill signed into law

Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed into law House Sub for SB21, which significantly simplifies Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) working after retirement rules. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the following provisions will apply to any KPERS school retiree, regardless of retirement date: There is no earnings cap; Employers do not make a contribution for non-covered employees (those who work 630 hours or less in a calendar year); For covered employees, employers will make the statutory contribution on a covered employee’s first $25,000 in earnings in a calendar year and a 30 percent contribution on earnings above $25,000; An employee...

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KPERS changes to Governor

The Kansas Legislature has simplified KPERS working after retirement provisions and eliminated the earnings cap, making it easier for Kansas school leaders to hire qualified retirees for critical positions. House Sub for SB 21 now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Under an agreement approved Monday in the House and today in the Senate, as of January 1, 2018, the following provisions apply to any KPERS school retiree, regardless of retirement date: There is no earnings cap; For non-covered employees (those who work 630 hours or less in a calendar year) employers do not make a contribution to...

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KPERS working after retirement simplified

The Kansas Legislature has simplified KPERS working after retirement provisions and eliminated the earnings cap, making it easier for Kansas school leaders to hire qualified retirees for critical positions. Under an agreement reached in mid-May, as of January 1, 2018, the following provisions apply to any KPERS school retiree, regardless of retirement date: There is no earnings cap; For non-covered employees (those who work 630 hours or less in a calendar year) employers do not make a contribution to the KPERS fund; Employers will make the statutory contribution on a covered employee’s first $25,000 in earnings in a calendar year...

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State Board working on Kansans Can, teacher retention

The Kansas State Board of Education will be working on its Kansans Can goals, teacher shortages and many other topics during its monthly meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials. The board will: Receive an update from the Early Childhood team to support kindergarten readiness, which is one of the five areas of focus under the State Board’s Kansans Can initiative of helping every student become successful. Discuss a proposed marketing campaign for teacher recruitment and retention. A state task force has reported that the number of teacher education majors and teaching...

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Coalition of Innovative School Districts updates State Board

The Kansas State Board of Education received its bi-annual report from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts during its regular April meeting Tuesday in Topeka. Marysville USD 364 Superintendent Bill Mullins represented the group of six districts sharing the work that has been their focus over the past few months. First up was sharing the Vision and Mission of the group: Vision: Act as purposeful risk takers to meet the needs of our diverse learners, by challenging the status quo. Mission: Challenge traditional thinking, construct brighter futures, through collegiality, with a focus on research based practice. Mullins also reported on the work of two...

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State Board to consider specialized certificates

The Kansas State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether to renew specialized certificates for 15 instructors to teach for Kansas City USD 500. The board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday and on Wednesday will visit the Kansas School for the Blind in Kansas City and Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe. On Tuesday, the board will consider whether to renew the specialized certificates for one year. In 2015, the board approved the Coalition of Innovative School Districts’ proposal to hire non-licensed professional employees or licensed professional employees in areas outside their area of licensure. In other business,...

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KASB first adjournment webinar

KASB will conduct a legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. Friday to review what has and hasn’t happened as the Legislature takes a three-week break. It is possible, the webinar could occur on Thursday if the Legislature breaks early. Please watch the KASB website and social media for updates. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy; Leah Fliter, advocacy/outreach specialist; and Rob Gilligan, governmental relations specialist, will discuss the week’s events in the Legislature. School finance, budget and taxes, and KPERS issues still remain in play as legislators head home before returning for the wrap-up session on May 1. To join the...

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KPERS discussions continue

Conference committee discussions continued Wednesday on KPERS working after retirement issues with little progress made as the Legislature neared first adjournment, which is scheduled for this Friday but may come sooner. Members of the House and Senate Financial Institutions and Pensions committees met for a second time to review differences between HB 2268, H Sub for SB 21 and SB 138, which address KPERS working after retirement provisions. Education leaders and others have requested the legislature simplify the law in order to help them fill positions, particularly in rural areas of the state. Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, the lead...

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KPERS discussions continue

The House and Senate conference committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance met briefly Tuesday to consider the respective chambers’ positions on KPERs-related bills. The panel will meet again Wednesday morning to resolve differences between the two houses. The bills under consideration are H Sub for SB 21, HB 2268, and SB 138 as amended. They primarily address working after retirement, with varying positions on the required waiting period between retiring from a KPERS position and returning to work (60 days is current law; SB 138 and HB 2268 require 180 days for retirees aged 62 and under); grandfathering of licensed...

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