KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 12Scott Rothschild
On Tuesday, KASB testified in favor of Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan — SB 44 — and against HB 2166, which would require high schools offer a course on financial literacy and all students pass the course to graduate.
No committee action was taken on either bill.
KASB’s Associate Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman told the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance that SB 44 provided the funds necessary for student success and a path to ending the long running Gannon lawsuit. Based on questions from committee members, school leaders are urged to contact their legislators and provide information on what their schools have been doing with the additional school funding received over the past two years and how those funds have been used to help struggling students.
SB 44 also has the support of other major education groups and grassroots advocates. The lone opponent that testified was the Kansas Policy Institute, which supports lower taxes and private school vouchers.
KASB’s Governmental Relations Specialist Rob Gilligan testified to the House Education Committee in opposition to HB 2166, saying the decision for establishing curriculum requirements should be made by the State Board of Education and local school boards. Education officials also said most school districts already require financial literacy instruction or have it embedded in standards.
In other developments, the State Board of Education unanimously approved recommendations from the School Mental Health Advisory Council on training for suicide awareness, prevention and mandated reporting.
Myron Melton, an education program consultant with the Kansas State Department of Education, said the goal of the recommendations was to ensure that the training be relevant and comprehensive and not become part of a “checklist” of training programs.