KASB News

 KASB legislative webinar Friday (3/29/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. Friday to review the progress of school finance and budget and tax issues before the Legislature.
 Budget agreement for this year reached as work continues on future years (3/29/2017) 
   House and Senate budget committee leaders Tuesday struck a deal to balance the current year budget, while the Senate today will debate a two-year budget plan that would result in a nearly $900 million deficit over two years without a tax increase.
 Committee debate on school finance bill delayed (3/29/2017) 
   A meeting of the House K-12 Education Committee to consider a new school finance plan has been cancelled Wednesday, as committee leaders and members consider possible amendments to HB 2410.
 Senate Tax Committee begins to build a new tax bill (3/28/2017) 
   The Senate Assessment and Taxation committee held a short hearing on SB 215, which mirrors the tax plan that was laid out in HB 2178, except it removes the retroactive start date of the new income tax plan.
 Services set for KASB Past President Nick Slechta (3/28/2017) 
   Nicholas V. "Nick" Slechta, who served as KASB president in 1985-86, died March 17 in Newton. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 29 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth with inurnment following in Ellsworth Cemetery.
 Committee to work on school finance bill as hearings end (3/28/2017) 
   The House K-12 Education Budget Committee is expected to heavily amend its proposed school finance bill, House Bill 2410, after three days of hearings ended Monday.
 Appropriations Committee wrestles with budget gap; shifts parent education funding (3/28/2017) 
   The House Appropriations Committee continued debate on state agency funding for the fiscal years 2018 and 2019 budget, and unanimously agreed to shift funding for the Parents as Teachers program so limits on participation could be removed.
 Senate tax committee to consider increases (3/27/2017) 
   Senate Assessment and Taxation committee Chair Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, has scheduled an 8 a.m. meeting on Tuesday to once again begin work on a tax package.
 KASB Creates “Data Steward” District Contact List (3/27/2017) 
   It has again become apparent that, though KASB has always worked from the assumption that the Board Clerk is responsible for ensuring this data is submitted to KASB, this is not always true. Several districts have indicated that other staff members
 KASB study shows poverty has negative impact on test scores (3/27/2017) 
   KASB on Monday released a report that shows poverty has a negative impact on student test scores.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (3/24/2017) 
   Two weeks from first adjournment, the Kansas Legislature has started what promises to be a difficult process to pass a new school finance plan, state budget and the tax increases needed to pay for it all.
 House Committee hears tax credit bill (3/24/2017) 
   The House Education Committee on Thursday held a hearing on HB 2374, which expands the existing tax credit for low income students scholarship program.
 KASB webinar on school finance today (3/24/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a deeper dive into the details of a new school finance proposal during a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today.
 Senate Committee advances two retirement bills (3/23/2017) 
   The Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Thursday advanced two working after retirement bills that will likely be the subject of conference committee deliberations later this session.
 KASB neutral on new school finance bill, supports some parts, but funding falls short (3/23/2017) 
   KASB on Thursday said it is neutral on the new school finance proposal as introduced — supporting some provisions but also noting the legislation falls far short of providing enough revenue to help students succeed.
 KASB will conduct webinar on Friday to provide details on school finance measure (3/23/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a deeper dive into the details of a new school finance proposal during a webinar at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
 House committee passes out WAR bill (3/22/2017) 
   The House Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance today passed out a bill that makes changes to state law for KPERS employees who work after retirement.
 KASB special webinar Wednesday to review new school finance proposal (3/21/2017) 
   For those who cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be archived at kasb.org/legiswebinars.
 Flat Tax proposals fall flat in House Tax committee (3/21/2017) 
   As the House Taxation committee works through the final concept proposals for changes to the State of Kansas revenue stream, Monday was a day to explore two different proposals for a "Flat Tax".
 Committees working to assemble state budget (3/21/2017) 
   Committee discussion on the budgets will continue tomorrow.
 State law requires teacher notice of tort claims protection (3/20/2017) 
   If you have any questions about this requirement or any other legal matters, please do not hesitate to the KASB legal staff.
 President's budget cuts funding for public education, shifts aid to private schools (3/20/2017) 
   Overall, the budget request notes a decrease of more than $9 billion in federal education investments.
 House committee continues discussion on KPERS Working After Retirement (3/20/2017) 
   With just three weeks to go in the regular 2017 session, the House Committee on Financial Institutions and Pensions has proposed further changes in KPERS rules for Working After Retirement.
 KASB legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. today (3/17/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review action by the Legislature on school finance, the budget, taxes and other issues.
 KASB Legal Division offers on-site board, staff trainings (3/17/2017) 
   KASB's legal staff provides training to boards of education, administrative teams and building-level staff. Topics are customized to fit local needs and expectations.
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