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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. March 21

The four years of funding increases remaining in the state’s five-year school finance plan would be reduced by two years under a bill passed Thursday by the House K-12 Education Budget Committee.   HB 2395 was approved on an 8-4 vote and now goes to the full House. A move by Democrats to adopt SB 142, which adds the inflation adjustment sought by the Kansas Supreme Court on top of the increases in the five-year plan approved by the Legislature last year, failed on a voice vote. Gov. Laura Kelly, the State Board of Education, KASB and the Senate have endorsed [...]

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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, Tue. March 19

Numerous education groups, including KASB, testified Tuesday in support of SB 142, which provides the inflation adjustment for school finance. Also supporting the bill were Game on Kansas, the Kansas PTA, United School Administrators-Kansas, Kansas NEA, Mainstream Coalition, and the Blue Valley, Olathe, De Soto, Gardner Edgerton, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill districts. KASB argued before the House K-12 Education Budget Committee that the increased funding in SB 142 will help increase student success, settle the long running Gannon lawsuit and bring funding levels near the 2009 inflation-adjusted level. Here is a link to the testimony. Erin Gould, representing Game On Kansas, [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Mon. March 18

KASB is urging school leaders to contact their legislators and urge them to support SB 142, which will be heard Tuesday (March 19) in the House K-12 Education Budget Committee. SB 142 includes the funding for the inflation adjustment that has been endorsed by the State Board of Education, Gov. Laura Kelly, KASB and numerous other education groups. It was approved last week on a bi-partisan 32-8 vote in the Senate. On Monday, the House K-12 Education Budget Committee closed the hearing on HB 2395, which KASB, numerous education groups and the Mainstream Coalition opposed. Here is a link to KASB's [...]

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ALERT: House K-12 committee schedules hearing Tuesday on SB 142, which KASB supports

The House K-12 Education Budget Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday on SB 142, the school finance plan supported by KASB as the best path forward to resolve the Gannon litigation and promote student success. School leaders who wish to submit testimony on SB 142, should send their comments no later than 10 a.m. Tuesday to the committee's assistant, Laura Pryor at laura.pryor@house.ks.gov or contact her at 785-296-3971. The committee meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Also on the agenda is "final action on bills previously heard." One of those bills that the committee may act on is HB [...]

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School funding, tax cuts may be on collision course

Worlds are colliding in the Kansas Legislature. The Kansas Senate last week approved a school finance bill that could be difficult to sustain given tax cuts Republicans have also approved. But Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, may be the one who prevents the collisions. She supports the school finance bill, SB 142, and has criticized SB 22 and will likely veto it. SB 22 reduces state revenue in the year that starts July 1 by approximately $200 million. It would continue reducing revenue by $140 million the next fiscal year and $145 million the year after that. Most of the benefits of [...]

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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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