Responses are pouring in from school districts that are explaining how additional funding has been used to drive student success. Legislators are considering SB 44, which would add the inflationary adjustment to K-12 funding sought by Gov. Laura Kelly, the State Board of Education and the plaintiff school districts in the Gannon lawsuit who say the bill will settle what the Kansas Supreme Court has said is needed to make Kansas’ school finance system constitutional. In consideration of the bill, Sen. Molly Baumgardner, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance, asked what schools have done with the funding increases [...]
Urgent and Needs Response: School leaders need to share with legislators the impact of increased school fundingScott Rothschild
As debate continues in the Kansas Legislature over school finance, it is critically important lawmakers hear from school leaders across the state about how new funding is being used by school districts to help students. KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas are asking our members to help us answer that question and disseminate that information to legislators who currently are considering SB 44, which would implement the inflation adjustment called for by Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas State Board of Education. Legislators need to know how your school district is using recent funding increases to raise student achievement, especially for [...]
HB 2108 - Authorizing school districts to expend at-risk education funds on evidence-based learning programs. KASB Testimony in House Committee on K-12 Education Budget on February 13, 2019
Twenty-seven public education leaders from across Kansas have been selected to participate in the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019. The class includes board members and administrators in addition to a KASB staff attorney selected for this year's class.
HB 2136 - Establishing municipal vacancy appointment limitations. KASB Testimony in House Committee on Local Government on February 13, 2019
HB 2197 - Amortizing the state and school KPERS actuarial accrued liability over a 30-year period and eliminating certain level-dollar employer contribution payments. KASB Testimony in House Financial Institutions and Pensions on February 13, 2019
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 [...]
HB 2166 - Requiring personal financial literacy courses for high school graduation. KASB Testimony in House Committee on Education on February 12, 2019
With key legislative deadlines approaching, the bill hopper is hopping and legislative hearings are piling up. On Monday, the Senate Education Committee considered SB 128, which would recalibrate the number of safety drills that schools must have and the House K-12 Education Budget Committee held an informational hearing on Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan.
Three KASB workshops have been rescheduled because of winter storms. Prepping for Negotiations will be held Wednesday in Concordia and Gypsum, and Successful Student Discipline workshop in Topeka is now Thur. Feb. 28