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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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Education
10:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

KSDE Says Schools With Lowest Property Values Benefit Most From Supreme Court Ruling

Kansas school districts with the lowest property valuations stand to receive the bulk of any new money approved by legislators, in response to last week's state Supreme Court ruling.

The Kansas Department of Education says that districts in Kansas City, Kan., southeast counties, and other rural areas would benefit the most.

The department estimates lawmakers need to spend $129 million to fully comply with Friday's ruling.

Districts would use the money for general operations and to buy certain equipment.

Education
10:05 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Garden City Community College May Soon Offer Four-Year Degree Programs

Garden City Community College may soon offer some four-year degrees to students.

The programs would be offered through National American University.

Officials of National American visited Garden City Monday to discuss the baccalaureate programs that the college could offer.

Community college president Herbert Swender says the possibilities for four-year degrees include criminal justice and allied health.

Education
10:34 am
Mon March 10, 2014

State Lawmakers Resume Talks Over Education Funding

State lawmakers are resuming their talks about education funding.

A Kansas Supreme Court ruling last week said the state has created inequalities between schools districts and that lawmakers violated the Kansas Constitution by cutting funds that help equalize school district budgets.

The group that filed that lawsuit, and some lawmakers, say the solution is to restore more than $100 million dollars in education funds.

Democratic House Representative and governor candidate Paul Davis says Kansas has fallen short.

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Education
10:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas Supreme Court Finds Current School Funding Levels Unconstitutional

Update: The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.

In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.

The Kansas Supreme Court will hand down a decision Friday in a lawsuit over school funding.

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