No interim education committee but many studies could affects students and schools

Kansas Legislative leaders have approved a slate of interim study topics for special and standing committee prior to the 2020 Legislative session. 

The Legislative Coordinating Council did not appoint a special study on educational issues or school finance, but several topics among the list approved could have an impact on students and school districts.  

Here are the committees and topics that KASB will be following:

Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight (2 days): Review reports concerning Juvenile Justice Reform (2016 SB 367); Review impact of Juvenile Justice Reform on Department for Children and Families, Child Welfare System Contractors, and the Judicial Branch. 

Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight (4 days); Review the Children’s Health Insurance Program. 

Joint Committee on Kansas Security (1 day) Hear testimony and formulate recommendations in the areas of: Cybersecurity; Implementation of updates to emergency communications capabilities across the state; and the safety of students and state employees. 

Joint Committee on Legislative Budget (7 days): 

Department for Children and Families—Review plans for the Family First Prevention Services Act programs, receive an update on the progress on filling the new approved social worker positions, and review the plan for expenditures from the evidence-based initiative account (2017 SB 367 – Juvenile Justice Reform) in coordination with the Department of Corrections and other agencies; 

Regents—Review the impact of additional state funding and the need for tuition increases; 

Safe and secure schools—Review the distributions and use of the additional funding by school districts; 

Review and discuss community and technical colleges: How the institutions are funded and how the funding is distributed; Mission of the colleges; Transfer of credits to state universities; The efficiencies and effectiveness of the colleges; and Whether the colleges are meeting the needs of Kansas residents. 

Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments and Benefits (1 day): To fulfill the Joint Committee’s duties and responsibilities, as provided by KSA 46- 2201, monitor, review, and make recommendations regarding the Retirement System. 

Special Committee on Judiciary (2 days): Review the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions on the citizens of Kansas. 

Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia (1 day): Evaluate the progress and effectiveness of the previous recommendations of the Task Force. 

The next meeting of the LCC is July 9. 

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