A bill that scraps the school funding system in Kansas has passed out of the Legislature and is heading to the governor’s desk for consideration.
The Senate voted 25-14 to concur with a bill that had previously passed the Kansas House. As Stephen Koranda reports, it would temporarily create a block grant system while lawmakers write a new funding formula.
Supporters of the bill say it has $300 million in new funding and gives Kansas schools more flexibility.
Last week, House lawmakers narrowly passed a controversial bill that would scrap the current school funding system in Kansas and replace it with block grants. Some opponents of that plan had been hoping for a do-over on the vote, but as Stephen Koranda reports, the chamber’s rules shut down that possibility.
Some critics of the bill had hinted they would try to reconsider the funding formula vote on Monday. That would give them a second crack at the issue. But it became clear the chamber’s rules would block the move, so the idea was abandoned.
Lawmakers in the Kansas Legislature are fast-tracking a major overhaul of the state’s school funding system. The bill would toss out the current finance formula and replace it with a series of block grants, which would last for two years as lawmakers write a new funding formula. As Stephen Koranda reports, the bill has been approved by a committee and is now headed to the full Kansas House.
An effort to repeal a 10-year-old law that gives the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition is alive in the Legislature. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the measure remains bottled up in a committee.
A proposal for changing how Kansas public schools are funded appears to cut money from most of the state's poorest school districts while protecting the wealthiest.
The Topeka Capital-Journal examined the effect of a Republican plan to replace the state's existing per-student formula for distributing its money to 286 school districts, which is currently designed to ensure that poor districts don't fall behind wealthy ones.
The Kansas Supreme Court's newest justice and the only one appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback has removed himself from hearing an education funding lawsuit.
The court said Thursday that Justice Caleb Stegall wouldn't participate. Stegall declined to comment through the court's spokeswoman.
An attorney for four school districts suing the state said in December that Stegall should not sit with the high court on the case because Stegall represented Brownback in unsuccessful settlement talks in 2013.
A Youth Symposium for middle and high school teens gets underway in Wichita on Saturday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…
The event, in its 7th year in Wichita, is part of a national effort by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, to focus on education and empowering youth. Organizer Conni Mansaw says a variety of topics will be discussed including college preparation and even swimming techniques.
A budget-writing subcommittee in the Kansas Senate has proposed cutting millions of dollars from the University of Kansas and shifting that money to the KU Medical Center. The plan would also cut Kansas State University. Stephen Koranda reports.
The proposal from Republican Senator Tom Arpke would cut KU’s main campus by more than $9 million over the next two years. Arpke says there would be a similar funding increase for KU Med, with the goal of training more doctors for rural areas.