Student Issues

KASB Daily Education Roundup, Wed. March 6

A committee Wednesday advanced to the full Senate a school finance bill that implements an “inflation adjustment” proposed by the State Board of Education and endorsed by Gov. Laura Kelly as legislators returned to Topeka for the second half of the 2019 session.   Meanwhile, House leaders say the House on Thursday will consider SB 22, which would cut taxes by approximately $200 million in the next fiscal year and could affect the ability of the state to adequately fund education and other needs.  SB 22 would give corporations a significant tax break and allow taxpayers to itemize deductions for state income [...]

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BOLD session focusing on school construction projects

KASB’s district leadership program continues Thursday and Friday with a BOLD session on financing and building school construction projects.   BOLD stands for the Business Operations Leadership Development program, which focuses on developing knowledge on building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. BOLD includes six training sessions that were developed by KASB leadership staff, KASB partners and experts from across the state.  This week’s session will be hosted by Basehor-Linwood USD 478.  From noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, BOLD participants will attend sessions on preparing for a bond, how projects are financed, [...]

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Speak UP! Tell your story

A familiar buzz word these days – well, actually a buzz phrase – is ‘tell your story.’ But because we don't know where or how to start, it is easy to just move on to the next thing on our crowded 'to do' list and wait for someone to call us and ask a specific question. If there was ever a time to speak up, it's now! News media, politicos, bloggers and tweeters, to name a few, are busy speaking on your behalf. There are 286 school districts in Kansas. That means there are 286 sides to the school funding story. [...]

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Kansas tax credit scholarship program for private schools increases

The state program that provides tax credits to send students to private schools is growing rapidly, according to a recent report.   The law grants tax credits to individuals and businesses that make donations for scholarships that allow certain low-income students to attend private schools.   In the 2018-19 school year, preliminary figures show that 369 students have been awarded scholarships. That is an increase from 307 students the previous year; 204 students in 2016-17 and 109 students in the 2015-16 school year. The program started in 2015.  The total dollar amount of scholarships awarded continues to increase too, from $270,654 in [...]

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NSBA opposes Trump administration proposal

A move by the Trump administration to provide federal tax credits to send students to private schools was criticized Thursday by the National School Boards Association.  In a news release, NSBA said the proposal would divert investment away from public schools, fails to recognize the many choices provided students in the public school system and would help fund private schools that aren’t required to have the same guaranteed rights for students and parents as public schools.   “School board officials support choice and employ a lot of creative ways to provide it, but sending tax dollars to schools that lack local [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 27

The Kansas Legislature wrapped up the first half of the session Wednesday with votes on a number of education-related bills that will likely be considered further during the second half of the session. The Senate approved SB 7, which allows school boards to move their officer elections to January; SB 16, which allows school districts to spend at-risk funds on evidence-based learning program; SB 128, which requires that schools conduct at least nine safety drills per year and SB 199, which would create the AO-K program and allow certain adults to earn high school equivalency credentials by participating in career [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 26

A version of Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance proposal was defeated Tuesday along partisan lines but Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, promised a $90 million increase for public schools next year that he said the Legislature would approve in plenty of time to meet the Kansas Supreme Court’s deadline.   Meanwhile, education advocates should take note because on Wednesday the House and Senate may debate a couple of bills affecting school boards. The Senate is scheduled to take up SB 7 and the House is scheduled to take up HB 2346.  SB 7 was introduced by Sen. Tom Hawk, [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Mon. Feb. 25

Republicans on Monday remained on a collision course with Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, over tax cuts, which could affect school funding. On the last day of committee action before the unofficial midway point of the 2019 legislative session, the House Taxation Committee approved an amended SB 22. The measure now goes to the full House. As approved by the Senate, the bill would reduce tax revenue by nearly $190 million in the next fiscal year with three quarters of that tax cut going to corporations and the remainder to some Kansans who itemize on their tax returns. The House tax [...]

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Lots of legislative action slated for this week

Many bills may be voted on in committees today as the Turnaround deadline approaches for the 2019 legislative session.  It is important for education advocates to stay up to date on bills in committee and any education bill on the floor of the House and Senate since they could be amended. KASB will provide updates on social media throughout the week.  The flurry of activity is because of the Legislature’s Thursday Turnaround, which is the deadline when all bills from non-exempt committees must be forwarded by their chamber of origin to survive.   Today is the final day for committee meetings and [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Thur. Feb. 21

A bill aimed at establishing financial literacy classes in high school failed to get out of the House Education Committee on Thursday. The committee also held a hearing on HB 2288, creating the Kansas student and educator freedom of religious act and the full House advanced SB 9, which is a $115 million payment to the school group of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Numerous bills were moving as key deadlines neared. Monday is the last day for committees to meet in each chamber prior to Turnaround. The House and Senate will conduct floor action Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday is [...]

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