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11:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades Resigns Over Education Bill

Credit Stephen Koranda

Updated Monday, Mar. 31, 2:30 pm: House Speaker Ray Merrick names replacement for Rhodes. 

The House Appropriations Committee's chairman has resigned from the committee because he says he can't support a school funding plan drafted by the chamber's Republican leaders.

Newton Republican Marc Rhoades resigned Monday, just before the start of his committee's hearings on the plan.

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Education
10:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas House Appropriations Committee Starts Hearings Over Education Funding

The Kansas House Appropriations Committee will start hearings Monday on a budget bill to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling over education funding.

However, the bill will cover more than just school spending.

The budget bill before the committee includes other policy items like rewriting teacher licensure rules. Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, told committee members last week about the broad scope of the discussion.

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Education
11:21 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Restrict Data Mining Of Students

The Kansas House will debate legislation today that restricts the identifiable information collected on public school students.

Supporters want to protect the identity of students and limit disclosure of that information to specific agencies.

Those authorized to see the data include: the local school district, the Kansas Department of Education, the Kansas Board of Regents and public health agencies.

Legislators are concerned that data would be used inappropriately and shared with the federal government or other entities without parental consent.

Education
10:58 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Fort Hays State University Might Absorb Dodge City Community College

Dodge City Community College could become part of Fort Hays State University, under a new proposal.

The community college's Board of Trustees has been discussing the proposal, which would create the first public four-year degree-granting college in southwest Kansas.

It includes developing an Institute of Applied Technology at what could be known as Fort Hays State University at Dodge City.

The board of trustees is expected to vote Tuesday to pursue the proposal.

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.

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