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Capitol Updates

 Bargaining, budget, ESI and pension bonds on today’s calendar (3/25/2015) 
   The Legislature will not meet Thursday and Friday, but will return next Monday for the final week of the regular session.
 Bills on school operations set for hearings Wednesday and Thursday (3/16/2015) 
   Three bills with a potential impact on school district employees and operations will have hearings this week.
 Regents receive recommendations for remedial education issues (6/20/2014) 
   A KBOR working group has recommended a series of steps to address “developmental education,” commonly called remedial courses.
 Court finds Legislature satisfied school funding equity (6/13/2014) 
   The three-judge panel hearing the Gannon school finance case ruled the state complied with the Supreme Court’s ruling by fully funding the estimated cost of LOB & capital outlay state aid.
 California due process laws ruled unconstitutional (6/13/2014) 
   North Carolina judge ruled that state’s legislature could not take away tenure due process or tenure rights - California court said such laws in that state violate students’ fundamental rights to equality of education.
 State Board June meeting preview (6/9/2014) 
   Here are some of the key items on the Kansas State Board of Education agenda for June 10 and 11.
 Communities in Schools releases annual impact report (6/3/2014) 
   Communities in Schools has released its Spring 2014 Impact Report on Changing the Picture of Education in America. Kansas has a growing network of Communities in Schools.
 Bill would send 20 mill levy revenue to state, not school districts (5/2/2014) 
   The House approved a conference committee report on House Sub for SB 245 on Thursday. The bill would have counties send the proceeds of the 20 mill statewide school levy to the state to be distributed as general state aid.
 No action on Common Core ban through Thursday afternoon (5/1/2014) 
   House & Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a state budget bill without a proposal to block implementation of Common Core academic standards.
 What do higher state revenue estimates really mean? (4/18/2014) 
   A group of state budget & tax experts & university economists released the official consensus revenue estimates for the current budget year ending June 30, 2014 (FY14) & next year (FY 2015).
 State Board reviews Federal food guidelines and ‘non-nutritious’ bake sales (4/9/2014) 
   The board also spent time discussing a narrow part of the federal food guidelines, specifically the sale of non-nutritious food items during the school day for fundraisers.
 State assessments report by CETE to State Board (4/9/2014) 
   The board also received a report from the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) covering just shy of half of the testing window.
 KSHSAA bill headed to Governor (4/3/2014) 
   S Sub for HB 2197, which makes changes to the governing board of the KSHSAA, is ready for the Governor’s signature.
 Senate school funding debate tonight; House schedule unknown (4/3/2014) 
   Kansas Senate to debate bill for school finance & appropriations for K-12 and higher education, budget for the rest of state government.
 Virtual schools, not transportation aid, take a hit in new version of House bill (4/1/2014) 
   The House Appropriations Committee heard from opponents of HB 2774, the bill introduced in the House to address the Gannon decision .
 House committee to review school finance response; no Senate plan yet (3/26/2014) 
   House Appropriations is scheduled to get a staff review this morning on HB 2774.
 No debate on election bills scheduled; data privacy on House calendar (3/26/2014) 
   Neither the House nor Senate will debate bills changing school board and other local elections today
 Senate takes action on KPERS bills (3/26/2014) 
   The Senate passed four KPERS bills on Tuesday.
 New school funding proposal released (3/25/2014) 
   House Republican leaders introduced a new bill to address the Gannon Supreme Court. The bill provides full funding for LOB & Capital Outlay state aid...
 No debate on school board elections scheduled today (3/25/2014) 
   Neither the House nor Senate has scheduled debate on bills making changes in school board and other local elections on “general orders” today.
 No action on school finance Monday morning (3/24/2014) 
   A hearing on a House plan to address school finance combined with a list of controversial policy changes was cancelled this morning.
 House Education Committee doesn’t work bills; discusses Common Core event (3/20/2014) 
   Rep. Kelley informed the committee of an event she was planning in April that would allow for a broad-based discussion of the Common Core
 House Pensions and Benefits passes on opportunity to move out a KPERS bill (3/20/2014) 
   After discussion, House Pensions and Benefits chose not to act on the issue of working after retirement, likely delaying any decision until next session.
 House Tax Committee creates sales tax holiday (3/20/2014) 
   House Tax voted out favorably HB 2607, which would create a sales tax holiday in Aug. for items generally associated with “back-to-school.”
 House Elections Committee to hear testimony on public lobbying bill (3/13/2014) 
   A hearing is scheduled Monday on Sub for SB 343, which would require every lobbyist to file a report with the Secretary of State.
 Bill on open records charges to be heard Wednesday (3/13/2014) 
   House Fed & State Affairs will consider SB 10, which sets a new scheduled for allowed fees for materials provided under open records requests.
 Senate passes student data privacy bill (3/13/2014) 
   The Senate passed SB 367, establishing restrictions for sharing student data.
 Other legislative developments (3/12/2014) 
   
 Superintendents discuss at-risk funding with joint Senate/House Education Committee (3/11/2014) 
   Six superintendents, representing approximately 1/3 of KS K-12 students, discussed at-risk funding with a joint Senate/House Education Committee.
 Committee discusses working-after-retirement (WAR) options (3/11/2014) 
   House Pensions & Benefits considered a number of potential remedies for what it believes are serious problems with the current working after retirement laws & practice.
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