school funding

2013 Legislative Session
6:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Senate Committee Preparing For Talks On School Funding Amendment

A constitutional amendment would give Legislators the power to set school funding levels.
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Lawmakers are considering a change to the Kansas Constitution in response to lawsuits over school funding.

About eight years ago, a lawsuit ended with an agreement to increase spending on students. But lawmakers cut back when the economy slowed, which rekindled the legal battle. 

Now, some Legislators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give them the power to determine what is a suitable level of funding.

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5:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Top Morning News 2.05.13

Wichita City Council to hear about the Bicycle Master Plan; Rezoning petition for former Tiller clinic expected at council meeting; Senate panel preparing debate over tax proposals.

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10 year, $12.5 million plan to improve the city's bike paths.


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2013 Legislative Session
5:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

School Board Group Supports Brownback Tax Plan

Some conservative groups are opposing Gov. Sam Brownback's new tax plan because it includes revenue-raising measures along with additional income tax cuts.

But the Kansas Association of School Boards is supporting the plan because it's aimed at filling a $500 million budget gap caused by last year's tax cuts.

The group's position surprised Senate Tax Committee Chairman Les Donovan, when he called on KASB lobbyist Mark Tallman to testify at a recent hearing.

Donovan said he had Tallman down as a proponent, but he wasn't sure if that was correct.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:51 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Lawmakers Hear School Efficiency Suggestions

The head of a school efficiency task force Monday presented school efficiency recommendations to lawmakers in Topeka. The House and Senate education committees are meeting jointly this week to review education issues.

Gov. Sam Brownback formed the task force to look for ways to spend education funding more efficiently.

The task force endorsed cutting back teachers' bargaining rights and reviewing tenure, so administrators have more flexibility in hiring and firing. They also recommended merging school district administrations and redrawing some district boundaries.

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5:14 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Top Morning News 01.16.13

Gov. Brownback calls for more tax cuts in his 2013 State of the State address; New group jumps into the Kansas school funding debate; Wichita City Council approves bonds for sports complex.

Governor Proposes More Tax Cuts In 2013 State Of The State

Gov. Sam Brownback has called for a fresh round of aggressive cuts in the state's income taxes and changes in the state's constitution to rein in the judiciary.

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5:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Education Funding Ruling May Prompt Constitutional Change

Lawmakers are sworn in on the first day of the 2013 legislative session.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Education funding took center stage on the first day of the 2013 Kansas legislative session.

Lawmakers returned to Topeka just days after a district court ruled that the state needs to increase school funding. Some lawmakers may try to change the Kansas Constitution in response to the ruling.

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5:04 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Top Morning News 01.15.13

Gov. Brownback to deliver State of the State; Education funding ruling may bring constitutional change; Wichita youth to hold town hall meeting on underage drinking.

Brownback To Deliver State Of The State

Gov. Sam Brownback will outline his 2013 agenda for legislators in his third State of the State address Tuesday.

Brownback is expected to share his plans for balancing the state budget, which faces a projected shortfall of $267 million.

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State Government
6:05 am
Mon January 14, 2013

2013 Legislative Session To Commence

Monday marks the start of the 2013 legislative session. This could be one of the most significant sessions in years.

Conservative Republicans control the House, Senate, and Governor's office. In recent years. moderate Republicans and Democrats have been able to block some legislation pushed by conservatives. But that is unlikely to happen in this session.

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6:10 am
Tue December 11, 2012

KS School Finance Task Force To Meet

A task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback to review the Kansas system for funding public schools held its final meeting Monday in Topeka.

The group was formed by Brownback to look at how funds are spent by school districts and identify areas for improving fiscal efficiency.

Brownback has said school districts should focus more of their resources on classroom instruction and find ways to reduce spending on functions that don't affect teaching. Some ideas that have been discussed are sharing administrative resources and purchasing power.

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5:35 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Top Morning News 12.11.12

State drops projected budget shortfall; Brownback will try and merge JJA with corrections in next legislative session; KS BOE to consider allowing PE credit for JROTC.

State's Projected Budget Shortfall Drops To $295M

The Kansas Legislature's research staff has revised its projections for the budget shortfall facing the state next year, dropping it to $295 million.

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