Kansas officials involved in drafting new science standards for public schools are trying to reassure the State Board of Education that retraining teachers and buying new classroom materials won't be unusually expensive.
A Kansas House committee approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill today.
The Federal and State Affairs Committee approved House Bill 2253, which prevents groups that provide abortion services from being involved in the state's public schools. The measure also aims to keep the state from subsidizing abortions--even indirectly--through tax exemptions or credits.
Bills before the state House and Senate would allow charter schools greater freedom and funding opportunities in Kansas.
Now, Kansas has 15 charter schools; they're publicly funded but generally operate independently of school districts. The state had 37 charter schools three years ago, but many closed for financial reasons.
Kansas' public schools could receive a slight increases in per-student spending starting in fiscal year 2015.
The State House Appropriations Committee accepted a subcommittee's report on K-12 spending Monday morning. The subcommittee's budget allocates more than $3 billion dollars for all public schools. Funding per pupil would remain at $3,838 for fiscal year 2014 but would increase marginally by $14 per pupil starting July 1, 2014.
Gov. Sam Brownback is seeking mediation in a lawsuit over school funding.
A district court recently ruled that the state isn't meeting constitutional requirements and needs to increase funding for Kansas schools.
Brownback asked the state Attorney General to seek a hold on the ruling, so all parties involved have time to study solutions. The filings also request the court to appoint a mediator, in attempt to reach an agreement outside of courtroom.
The school funding lawsuit was filed on behalf of students, parents and four school districts.