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6:57 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Kansas Senate Passes Bill Scrapping School Funding System

Senate President Susan Wagle speaks during debate on the bill.
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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.

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Education
4:49 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

KS House Abandons Reconsideration Of Block Grants Bill

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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.

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Education
1:47 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Kansas House Committee Advances Block Grant Bill

Ron Ryckman Jr. speaks to reporters after the committee advanced the bill.
Credit Stephen Koranda

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.

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Education
1:38 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Debate Continues On Kansas Bill To Repeal In-State Tuition For Children Of Illegal Immigrants

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.

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Education
1:19 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

UPDATE: Kansas House Panel Approves GOP Leaders' School Funding Plan

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Updated Story:

A Kansas House committee has approved a plan from top Republican lawmakers to overhaul how the state distributes aid to public schools.

The House Appropriations Committee's voice vote Tuesday sends the plan to the full House for a debate that could occur later this week.

The committee voted despite bipartisan criticism that it is moving too quickly. GOP leaders unveiled the plan only last week.

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Education
11:24 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Report: New Proposal Cuts Money For Poorest School Districts, Protects Wealthiest

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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.

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Education
1:39 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Newest Kansas Justice Won't Sit In On Education Funding Case

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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.

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Education
5:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Youth Symposium In Wichita Saturday

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.

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Education
2:32 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Budget Panel Proposes Funding Cuts For KU, K-State

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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.

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Education
1:31 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Kansas Districts Want Lower Court To Stay On Schools Lawsuit

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School districts suing the state of Kansas over education funding are telling the state Supreme Court that they want a lower court to continue handling their lawsuit.

Four districts asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to reject the state's request that the high court handle the lawsuit instead of a three-judge Shawnee County District Court panel.

The districts sued the state in 2010.

The lower-court panel ruled in December that the state is not adequately funding schools.

The state asked the panel to reconsider in January.

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