Busy week ahead in the Statehouse on the education front

This week promises to be a busy one for public school advocates as education bills seem to be popping up everywhere in the Kansas Legislature.

Here is a schedule of some of the bills KASB will be following and testifying on:

Monday

— Public hearing before the House K-12 Education Budget Committee on HB 2540, which would put new requirements on schools in their use of at-risk funds. KASB opposes this bill.

— Public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on HB 2532, which would authorize the Kansas State Department of Education to contract with a vendor to install and operate school bus cameras.

— Public hearing before Senate Education Committee on SB 335, which would authorize school districts to pay the tuition of a student’s dual enrollment in a post-secondary institution.

Tuesday

— Public hearing before House Education Committee on HB 2573, which would require students pass an American civics test to graduate high school.

Wednesday

— House K-12 committee has scheduled possible action on previous bills heard Wednesday and Thursday. This could include action on HB 2465, which would expand the private school tuition credit program. KASB opposes this bill; here is a link to our testimony.

Thursday

— Public hearing before House Federal and State Affairs on HB 2563, increasing the minimum age to purchase or posses cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21 and prohibiting certain flavored vaping products.

— Discussion on mandatory vaccines for K-12 students in House Education Committee.

— Public hearing before House K-12 Education Budget on HB 2552, which would set up a voucher program for students who score at the lowest level on the state reading test to use state funds to go to a private school or have state funds directed to evidence-based reading programs approved by the student’s parent for the student. The bill is co-sponsored by K-12 Chairwoman Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, and Renee Erickson, R-Wichita, who is also on the committee. KASB will oppose this bill.

— Public hearing before Senate Education on SB 336, which would create the Kansas reinvest in post-secondary act.

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