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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.
 Commissioner of Education DeBacker announces resignation (12/11/2014) 
 State Board holding focus groups on Commissioner search (6/30/2014) 
 Senate passes Data Privacy Act (6/30/2014) 
   The Senate voted 40-0 Thursday to pass SB 367, creating the student data privacy act.
 KASB statement relating to the 2014 Legislative Session (6/30/2014) 
   The 2014 Legislative Session brought more authority, responsibility and accountability to local school boards in the operation of Kansas public schools.
 Appointments made to School District Efficiency Commission (6/20/2014) 
   A majority of members have now been appointed to the K-12 Performance and Efficiency Commission.
 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.
 Declining state revenues require more internal borrowing (6/20/2014) 
   State leaders authorized the use of $675 million from other funds to manage cash flow in the state general fund in the coming fiscal year - more than double the amount in the year just ending.
 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.
 First two Innovative Districts approved (6/13/2014) 
   The State Board unanimously approved McPherson USD 418 and Concordia USD 333 as the first innovative school districts.
 June State Board meeting summary (6/13/2014) 
 2014 campaigns ready to start (6/9/2014) 
   Races are mostly set for the November 2014 legislative elections following the June 2 filing deadline for Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians.
 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.
 NSBA reports action on federal students’ meals programs (6/3/2014) 
   The National School Boards Association is reporting two developments on federal nutrition programs for students.
 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.
 Plaintiffs, state respond to show cause order (5/30/2014) 
   The plaintiffs and the State (as defendant) in the Gannon school finance case have responded to the April 25, 2014 order to show cause.
 New statutes, regs on teacher licensure create concerns, uncertainties (5/20/2014) 
   The Kansas State Board of Education is working to address two initiatives to broaden opportunities to enter the teaching profession.
 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.
 State revenues drop sharply in April (5/1/2014) 
   State officials say actual tax collections in April were nearly $93 million below estimates, a sharp contrast to the official revenue estimate just two weeks ago that predicted rising revenues compared to earlier estimates.
 House approves Student Data Privacy conference committee report (5/1/2014) 
   The House approved the Conference Committee Report on SB 367, the Student Data Privacy Act, by a vote of 123-0 Wednesday.
 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).
 Caution urged on district teacher due process action (4/14/2014) 
   Since the passage of HB 2506 last weekend, school leaders have been contacting KASB with questions about how their districts should respond to the provisions concerning teacher due process (tenure).
 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.
 State Board hears about innovative districts (4/9/2014) 
   Although there was nothing in the statute that created them calling for such a meeting, the two superintendents of the recently selected innovative districts appeared at the KSBOE meeting.
 House and Senate bills move in different directions (4/4/2014) 
   House will debate bill that fully funds school finance equity aid and allows all districts to increase LOB with equalization.
 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.
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