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Education
10:24 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Delay Work on Education Funding

Kansas lawmakers have delayed committee work on education funding bills.

The legislation is being taken up in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that determined there are unconstitutional funding disparities between school districts.

House and Senate committees had been expected to work on the bills on Monday.

Republican Senator Ty Masterson, from Andover, says his committee is not yet in a position to begin work.

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Education
12:02 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Lawmakers to Start Work on Education Funding Bill

This week, a House committee could consider a bill to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. That comes after the process got off to a rocky start last week.

The bill would increase money for certain education funds that are aimed at reducing disparities between districts.

But the bill includes other education policy changes, and the lawmaker who introduced it included an expansion of charter schools in the proposal.

That surprised House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, who said charter schools hadn't been part of the negotiations.

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Education
11:39 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Hensley Concerned About Education Bills In Non-Education Committees

The Kansas Senate Minority leader has raised questions about the chairman of the state Senate Education Committee's decision to send education bills to other committees for consideration.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, says Education Committee Chairman Sen. Steve Abrams has bypassed his own panel with some education bills, including a charter school bill and a measure overhauling teacher licensure.

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Education
9:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

House Republicans Outlines Agree To Fund Poor Schools, But With A Catch

Kansas House Republicans have outlined a plan that fully funds aid to poor school districts... but ties the money to policy changes that expand parents' choices on where to send their children to school.

The bill provides an additional $129 million dollars to poor school districts, in compliance with a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling in an education funding lawsuit.

The bill also includes measures like:

Education
10:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Brownback Calls On Lawmakers To Provide Full Aid To School Districts In Need

Governor Sam Brownback says legislators should fully fund aid to poor school districts and significantly increase state spending on public education.

Governor Brownback issued a statement yesterday outlining his principles in response to a recent Kansas Supreme Court decision in an education funding lawsuit.

The high court ruled earlier this month that past cuts in aid to poor districts left unconstitutional gaps between them and wealthier districts.

The Department of Education has estimated that fully reversing those cuts would cost $129 million dollars a year.

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Education
10:34 am
Wed March 19, 2014

New Bill Would Make Personal Financial Literacy A Requirement In Public Schools

Legislation moving through the state House would require public school students to receive instruction on personal financial literacy and how to give a professional handshake.

The material would be taught in math classes or other courses like family and consumer science or economics

Topics to be covered include: saving, investing, credit, debt and the importance of setting a budget.

The bill also requires the State Board of Education to give lawmakers a report on student scores on financial literacy tests before the start of the 2015 legislative session.

Education
10:23 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Kansas Senator Laura Kelly Says Subcommittee Targeting KU In Budget

Updated at 11:44 a.m CT:

A Kansas Senate committee is considering a budget bill that would restore some funding to state universities that was cut last year.

However, the bill caused some heated words about whether lawmakers are targeting the University of Kansas.

The bill eliminates $2 million dollars Governor Sam Brownback had proposed for a program to help commercialize KU research.

Only KU had a program proposal deleted from the governor's suggestions. Topeka Democrat Laura Kelly says the committee targeted KU.

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Education
10:41 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Attorney General Derek Schmidt To Advise House Appropriations Committee On School Funding

Members of a Kansas House Appropriations Committee will get advice from the attorney general on how lawmakers should respond to the state Supreme Court's ruling on school funding.

The court ruled on March 7th that past cuts in state aid to poor school districts created unconstitutional gaps in funding between them and wealthier districts.

The court ordered lawmakers to fix the problem by July 1st.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt is scheduled to brief the House Appropriations Committee today, along with a member of the reviser of statutes' office.

Education
10:13 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Legislative Committees To Debate School Funding Proposals This Week

Kansas legislative committees will debate school funding proposals this week, in response to a state supreme court mandate to boost state aid to poor districts.

A Senate Ways and Means subcommittee will discuss K-through-12 spending proposals on Monday, with the full committee considering them as early as Tuesday.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt will brief the House Appropriations Committee tomorrow on the Kansas Supreme Court's recent ruling on education funding.

Education
10:10 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Kansas Legislators Split How To Raise Budget Enough To Satisfy Supreme Court Ruling On Education

Members of the House and Senate budget committees say it's unlikely that lawmakers will increase the overall budget by the full $129 million dollars needed to cover deficiencies in aid to poor school districts.

Last week, The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that past reductions in such aid created unconstitutional gaps in funding between poor districts and wealthier ones.

The court ordered lawmakers to fix the problems by July 1st.

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