National, state school finance experts slated for KASB’s School Finance Conference on Dec. 12

Top national and state school finance experts will be featured during KASB’s School Finance Conference on Wed. Dec. 12. 

The conference — occurring approximately one month before the start of the 2019 Kansas legislative session — will be held at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. For more information and to register, go to this link. 

KASB is also inviting all Kansas Legislators and State Board members to attend, and encourages local school leaders to invite their local lawmakers to participate. 

Dr. Bruce Baker, a widely recognized scholar in education finance, will speak about school funding from a national perspective. Baker, a professor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, has written extensively on school finance policy and has testified as an expert witness on school funding equity litigation in many states, including Kansas. He will appear via Skype and focus his remarks on the relationship of school funding and equality throughout the United States. 

Other speakers at the conference include Kansas Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis and Heidi Zimmerman, principal auditor with the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit. Other presenters will be announced as they are confirmed. 

In addition to providing national and state perspectives on K-12 funding, the conference will focus on what challenges are ahead in the upcoming legislative session and responding to the Kansas Supreme Court decision to add inflationary funding to the new school finance law. 

Conference attendees also will be briefed by a panel of school administrators on how new school funding from the Legislature is being used.  

From a national perspective on equity to Kansas-specific education topics, such as the Gannon lawsuit, special education, co-ops and school district budgeting, the conference will provide a wide-range of information that school leaders can use back in their districts and to help pursue sound policies as the Kansas legislative session starts Jan. 14.

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