KASB News

 House committee passes out WAR bill (3/22/2017) 
   The House Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance today passed out a bill that makes changes to state law for KPERS employees who work after retirement.
 School Finance Framework Tracking as of March 22 (3/22/2017) 
   This document provides KASB’s policy positions on school funding (first column), major issue discussed by the House K-12 Education Budget Committee during discussions Mar. 13-15.
 Contact Congress regarding Medicaid expansion (3/22/2017) 
   This Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the American Health Care Act, the bill proposed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare.”
 Committees working to assemble state budget (3/21/2017) 
   Committee discussion on the budgets will continue tomorrow.
 Flat Tax proposals fall flat in House Tax committee (3/21/2017) 
   As the House Taxation committee works through the final concept proposals for changes to the State of Kansas revenue stream, Monday was a day to explore two different proposals for a "Flat Tax".
 KASB special webinar Wednesday to review new school finance proposal (3/21/2017) 
   For those who cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be archived at kasb.org/legiswebinars.
 President's budget cuts funding for public education, shifts aid to private schools (3/20/2017) 
   Overall, the budget request notes a decrease of more than $9 billion in federal education investments.
 State law requires teacher notice of tort claims protection (3/20/2017) 
   If you have any questions about this requirement or any other legal matters, please do not hesitate to the KASB legal staff.
 House committee continues discussion on KPERS Working After Retirement (3/20/2017) 
   With just three weeks to go in the regular 2017 session, the House Committee on Financial Institutions and Pensions has proposed further changes in KPERS rules for Working After Retirement.
 KASB Legal Division offers on-site board, staff trainings (3/17/2017) 
   KASB's legal staff provides training to boards of education, administrative teams and building-level staff. Topics are customized to fit local needs and expectations.
 KASB legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. today (3/17/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review action by the Legislature on school finance, the budget, taxes and other issues.
 Q & A with SBOE Chairman Porter (3/16/2017) 
   Jim Porter was recently elected chairman of the 10-member State Board of Education. Porter, of Fredonia, has served on the board since 2015 and represents District 9, which covers southeast Kansas.
 No health insurance savings next year, but more study requested (3/16/2017) 
   The House Appropriations Committee was told no savings could be achieved by consolidating school district health insurance programs next year.
 K-12 Ed Budget Committee hears school accounting bill (3/16/2017) 
   The House K-12 Education Budget Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on House Bill 2379, which would require school districts to report transaction-level information for all expenditures.
 School finance discussions continue (3/16/2017) 
   Amendments to bring back additional weightings contained in the 1992 formula could also be offered by committee members.
 Senate Committee hears KPERS credit bill (3/16/2017) 
   The Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Thursday held a hearing on SB 205, which would give KPERS-eligible employees retirement credit for paid leave time.
 I’m From Kansas: Some advice for the United States Secretary of Education (3/15/2017) 
   Kansas has long been recognized as a national leader in education.
 Action Alert - Urge senators to oppose cut to schools (3/15/2017) 
   KASB urges school leaders to contact their senators as Senate President Susan Wagle said Wednesday she plans to propose a cut to schools during debate Thursday on a state budget bill.
 KASB will conduct legislative webinar on Friday (3/15/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a legislative webinar at 12:30 p.m. Friday to review action by the Legislature on school finance, the budget, taxes and other issues.
 Senate to work KPERS bill next week (3/15/2017) 
   In 2015, the Legislature passed a law that limited the earnings of KPERS retirees who go back to work for another KPERs employer.
 State Board moves forward with kindergarten readiness tool (3/15/2017) 
   The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved moving forward with a statewide measurement tool to collect data on students entering kindergarten.
 Proposed amendment would limit state revenue and spending (3/15/2017) 
   Supporting the proposed amendment with written testimony were Americans for Prosperity and the Kansas Policy Institute.
 KASB testifies on income tax, statewide mill levy (3/14/2017) 
   Several members of the committee asked for information on the amount of property tax abatements that impact the 20 mill levy.
 KASB Risk Management Division works to maximize funding (3/14/2017) 
   KASB’s Risk Management Division continues evolving to help school districts reduce their risks and maximize their dollars so they can provide more funding in the classroom.
 Rescission bill sent to full Senate does not include K-12 cut (3/14/2017) 
   A rescission bill that does not cut public education was approved Tuesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, sending it to the full Senate for possible floor action on Thursday.
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