Safety and Security

KASB urges support of school finance agreement

The Kansas Association of School Boards commends House and Senate leaders on the agreement on school finance and educational policy in SB 16. We urge the House and Senate to accept this conference committee report.  KASB believes the plan should bring Kansas school funding back to the inflation-adjusted level of 2009. When school funding was increased after the Montoy case beginning in 2006, measures of student outcomes – graduation rates, state and national test scores, college readiness, postsecondary attendance and completion – all increased.   However, during the past decade, Kansas K-12 funding fell behind the cost of living, per pupil funding [...]

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April issue of School Board Review focuses on upcoming school board elections, safety drill

This year is an election year for school board members and the April issue of School Board Review includes a four-page, pull-out section dedicated to people who want to run for their local board. The section includes information on what school board members do, why the positions are so important for the success of Kansas students and how to file to run for office. Also in the April issue is a special report on a recent crisis drill conducted by Auburn-Washburn USD 437. We hope the story, which illustrates the collaboration between school and emergency responders, helps districts that are contemplating [...]

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Status of education bills as House and Senate take break

As the full House and Senate go on a short break until Monday, here is the status of major education bills. Education advocates are urged to contact their legislators to talk about K-12 finance, resolving the Gannon lawsuit and the many policy provisions in SB 16. On funding, KASB urges support of SB 142, which includes the four-year inflation adjustment supported by the State Board of Education, Gov. Laura Kelly and the Senate. KASB opposes HB 2395. On policy provisions, KASB opposes many of the provisions of SB 16. House – No action on Substitute for HB 2395 (Funding); leaves [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. March 26

After passing an education policy bill, SB 16, with multiple requirements for school reporting, studies and program requirements, the Kansas House adjourned Tuesday without voting on how to respond to the Gannon school finance case. No vote is scheduled for today, and the House will not meet again until Monday, with the adjournment of the regular Legislative session April 5.  The Kansas Senate has already passed a bill, SB 142, that adjusts school district foundation aid to add about $90 million a year to the five-year funding plan approved last session to meet the inflation adjustment requested by the Kansas [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Mon. March 25

The Kansas House on Monday gave preliminary approval to SB 16 shortly before midnight and then adjourned before taking up HB 2395. The House will take final action on SB 16 Tuesday (March 26) and HB 2395 was listed as last among a list of 15 measures up for possible debate. SB 16 contains numerous education policy provisions and HB 2395 is the House GOP leadership’s school finance plan. School board members are urged to contact their legislators through text or phone calls to encourage them to vote against both bills. The House advanced SB 16 on a 63-60 vote. Since it takes [...]

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ALERT: School funding debate today; KASB opposes HB 2395.

The Kansas House today is scheduled to debate two bills – HB 2395 and SB 16 -- concerning school funding and education policy today, both recommended Thursday by the K-12 Education Budget Committee. KASB opposes HB 2395. We support portions of SB 16 but believe those policy items should be addressed after the school funding issue is resolved. School leaders are urged to contact House members about your views on these bills.  School board members are urged to contact their legislators through text or phone calls to encourage them to vote against both bills. There are many other bills scheduled for [...]

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ALERT: House schedules debate on school funding and other education bills Monday

The Kansas House has scheduled Monday to debate two bills – HB 2395 and SB 16 -- concerning school funding and education policy recommended yesterday by the K-12 Education Budget Committee. School leaders are urged to contact House members about your views on these bills.  Several other education-related bills are also scheduled for debate Monday, along with numerous other issues. It is also possible debate on these measures could be postponed. Here are KASB’s positions.  Response to Gannon, HB 2395:  HB 2395 is the House committee’s response to the Gannon school finance case. It would provide the same level of additional funding [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. March 20

The Kansas House on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to expand Medicaid, a move and debate that caused the House K-12 Education Budget to postpone until Thursday (March 21) its work on a school finance plan. The House is scheduled Thursday to take a final vote on the Medicaid expansion, which would extend health care coverage to 130,000 low income Kansans. Advocates of Medicaid expansion say it will help not only adults, but also children to receive needed health care, which in turn will help them in school. The measure was placed as an amendment, replacing the contents of HB 2066. Shortly [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. March 14

Two vastly different school finance approaches were debated Thursday and Republican leaders sent Gov. Laura Kelly a tax cut bill that she will likely veto. SB 22 would cut taxes by approximately $209 million in the next fiscal year, with about two-thirds of the cut going to corporations. The bill would also benefit some individuals who itemize and reduce the state sales tax on food from 6.5 percent to 5.5 percent. Kelly, a Democrat, issued a statement saying the bill would “undo all the progress we’ve made.” Kelly has said she wants to hold off on tax cuts for a year [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Wed. March 13

House Republican leaders on Wednesday fast-tracked a newly revealed school finance plan that KASB and other education groups will oppose. KASB has provided a review and summary of the bill. Here is a KASB Live you tube video on the measure. “We think it would actually move us farther away from resolving the Gannon lawsuit,” said KASB Associate Executive Director Mark Tallman. House K-12 Education Budget Committee Chair Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, made HB 2395 public on Tuesday, held an informational hearing on the 81-page bill Wednesday and scheduled a public hearing for Thursday with testimony from opponents due by 10 a.m. Thursday. Williams [...]

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