education funding

Education
10:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Efficiency Group Considering KS School Spending

A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.

Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.

The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.

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Education
12:17 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

KBOE Proposes $459M Budget Increase

The Kansas State Board of Education is proposing a $459 million increase in state spending on public schools, though the board’s approval Tuesday of budget recommendations was mostly a symbolic statement of support for education.

The board’s proposals would phase in over two years an increase of about 13 percent in aid to public schools beginning in July 2015, but funding the full amount would require the state to reconsider personal income tax cuts enacted by Governor Sam Brownback and Republican lawmakers.

Education
12:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Brownback Appoints Educator To Student Performance And Efficiency Commission

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed an educator to the last open spot on a new Kansas commission that will examine ways to make public schools more efficient.

But a spokesman for the state’s biggest teachers’ union says earlier appointments by a legislative leader show that the panel will have an anti-public schools agenda.

On Wednesday Brownback named Hoisington High School principal Meg Wilson to the Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. He previously appointed superintendents Bev Mortimer of Concordia and Jim Hinson of Johnson County’s Shawnee Mission district.

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Education
1:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Advocacy Groups To Put Support Behind Pro-Education Candidates Ahead Of Primary Election

Kansas education groups are gearing up their political activities ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election, putting their money and energy behind state House candidates that support public schools.

Organizers say teachers view recent changes in teacher licensing and loss of administrative due process as an attack on their profession.

The Kansas National Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, has more than $400,000 to spend this election cycle. Other organizations are going door to door to boost turnout for pro-education candidates.

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Education
11:21 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kansas Judges: New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate

A panel of Kansas judges ruled yesterday that a new education funding law complies with a state Supreme Court mandate to increase aid to poor public schools.

The panel in Shawnee County District Court declined the state’s request to dismiss all the claims from a 2010 lawsuit that questioned the fairness of the state’s school funding formula, however.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Panel Of Judges To Decide If New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate To Fund Schools

A panel of three state-court judges in Shawnee County District Court is reviewing a new education funding law to decide if it meets a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.

The Supreme Court ruled in March that past cuts in state aid for poor schools created unconstitutional gaps in funding between them and wealthier districts.

In April, lawmakers increased aid to poor districts by $129 million dollars for the next school year. The panel will consider whether that action is sufficient to meet the mandate.

Education
10:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

KNEA Promises To File Lawsuit Against Law Eliminating Teacher Tenure

On Monday, the Kansas National Education Association--or KNEA--promised to file a state-court lawsuit against a new law that eliminates teacher tenure in public schools.

The KNEA represents 23,000 educators in Kansas.

The measure was attached to a school funding bill that takes effect in July.

The law increases state aid by 129 million dollars for poorer school districts, in order to comply with a Kansas Supreme court ruling that found Kansas was not adequately funding its schools.

The union strongly objects to the tenure provision of the bill.

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Education
10:17 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Anti-Tenure Law Protesters Greet Gov. Brownback At Fossil Bill Signing

While on his trip in Western Kansas Wednesday, Governor Brownback was met by teachers protesting a new state law eliminating tenure.

Brownback traveled Wednesday to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays to re-enact his previous signing of a bill naming two official state fossils.

Outside the museum, about 25 teachers and retired teachers protested the anti-tenure law.

The tenure repeal was part of a school funding bill Brownback signed Monday to meet a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor districts. It will take effect in July.

Education
10:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

UPDATE: Governor Brownback's Signs Education Funding Bill

Updated at 12:40 on April 21, 2014: Gov. Brownback announced in a press release on Monday that he has decided to sign HB 2506. The bill addresses school funding equity issues pointed out in a Kansas Supreme Court decision.

A deadline is approaching for Governor Sam Brownback to make a decision on whether to sign a bill on spending for Kansas’ public schools.

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Education
10:55 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kansas Legislature Passes Education Bill

The state Legislature narrowly backed a bill last night that would boost funding to poor school districts and eliminate tenure for teachers.

Teachers wearing red shirts looked on in protest as 63 House members - the minimum needed - voted in favor of the bill, while 57 voted against it.

Hours earlier, the Senate approved it with a 22-16 vote. It needed 21 votes to pass.

The bill now heads to Governor Sam Brownback, who has already released a statement praising it.

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