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Capitol Updates

 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (2/12/2016) 
   The Kansas Supreme Court this week gave the Legislature a school assignment.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (2/5/2016) 
   This week, three major education bills received public hearings and will be voted on in committee next week.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (1/29/2016) 
   Education committees this week considered several bills that would affect public schools.
 KASB statement on HB 2486, 2457 and 2504 (1/29/2016) 
   These bills have nothing to do with helping our students.
 House Ed, Ed Budget pass bills out favorably (1/26/2016) 
   The House Education Budget Committee passed out two bills favorably Monday. Both targeted higher education programs.
 Air guns, suicide prevention bills to be heard Tuesday (1/25/2016) 
   In addition, on Monday, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is making a presentation at 1:30 p.m. to the House Elections Committee.
 Tuesday will feature Brownback's State of State, consultant's report on state spending (1/11/2016) 
   Brownback will give the State of the State to a joint session of the Legislature at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 School funding, budget crisis awaits 2016 legislative session that starts Monday (1/8/2016) 
   While some Republican leaders have called for a short, quiet session others have indicated that with strong majorities, the GOP should continue to flex its muscle.
 Advocacy Conference to discuss educational issues for upcoming Legislative session (1/8/2016) 
   The conference will kick off with a session with Education Commissioner Randy Watson.
 K-12 Committee tables report that called for major changes; will be re-worked by legislative staff (1/5/2016) 
   Committee Chairman Ron Highland, R-Wamego, said he wrote the draft report.
 Kansas tax receipts fall below projections (1/4/2016) 
   The state’s revenue problems quickly surfaced after tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback took effect in 2012 and 2013.
 Commissioner of Education DeBacker announces resignation (12/22/2015) 
 KASB statement relating to the 2014 Legislative Session (12/22/2015) 
   The 2014 Legislative Session brought more authority, responsibility and accountability to local school boards in the operation of Kansas public schools.
 Senate passes Data Privacy Act (12/22/2015) 
   The Senate voted 40-0 Thursday to pass SB 367, creating the student data privacy act.
 State Board holding focus groups on Commissioner search (12/22/2015) 
 K-12 Committee will start working on its report to Legislature (12/17/2015) 
   On Wednesday, the K-12 panel heard from school district superintendents, principals and public school advocates, and several critics of public education.
 State came out ahead in November by $14.6 million against lowered revenue projections (12/1/2015) 
   Both income and sales tax collections were slightly more than estimated, 1.7 percent and 1.9 percent respectively.
 Alert: Live audio streaming available today of committee considering school board restrictions (11/19/2015) 
   The Special Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government will start at 10 a.m. in Room 346-South in the Statehouse.
 On Our Radar: School board conflict of interest bill (11/13/2015) 
   The Special Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government will meet on Fri. Nov. 20.
 Legislators seeking bids on study to reinvent state government (9/2/2015) 
   The Legislature has set aside $3 million to hire a private company to conduct the analysis of state government.
 2015 education votes now available (8/19/2015) 
   KASB has compiled the record of five votes important to educators during the 2015 session. Three of the bills were ones KASB had taken a position on.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 June State Board meeting summary (6/13/2014) 
 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.
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