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Capitol Updates

 Commissioner of Education DeBacker announces resignation (4/21/2014) 
   
 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 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 School finance bills ready for House and Senate debate (4/2/2014) 
   House Appropriations & Senate Ways and Means worked late into the evening Tuesday, completing plans to address the Gannon school finance decision.
 Data privacy, KSHSAA bills to conference committee (4/1/2014) 
   The Senate voted not to concur in House amendments to SB 367, the student data privacy act, and requested a conference committee.
 Senate finance bill hearing today; House hearings continue (4/1/2014) 
   Senate Ways & Means will receive testimony and may take action on a school finance plan proposed by Republican leaders and introduced as SB 452.
 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 passes student data privacy bill on General Orders, Final Action (3/27/2014) 
   The House approved on voice vote yesterday SB 367, which addresses student data privacy
 Senate takes action on KPERS bills (3/26/2014) 
   The Senate passed four KPERS bills on Tuesday.
 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
 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...
 Committee approves changes in open records request charges (3/25/2014) 
   Senate Federal and State Affairs recommended an amended version of SB 10.
 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.
 Waiting for school finance bill; committee meetings on hold (3/24/2014) 
   A new bill sponsored by House Republican leadership to address the Gannon school finance decision is expected to be introduced in the House at 5 p.m.
 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.
 Fiscal literacy bill passes House (3/20/2014) 
   HB 2475 instructs the KS State Board of Ed to improve standards for fiscal literacy-does not mandate a high school grad requirement.
 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 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 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.”
 Governor outlines “guiding principles” for education funding (3/20/2014) 
   Governor Sam Brownback issued a statement on education funding Thursday afternoon, calling for legislators to fully fund equalization aid for local option budgets and capital outlay.
 Committee approves House elections bill - again (3/18/2014) 
   House Elections voted Monday to recommend HB 2227, which would move school board and other local elections from April to Nov. of odd-numbered years.
 Senate, House committees working KPERS bills (3/18/2014) 
   House Pensions & Benefits met Monday morning and heard HB 2760 - working-after-retirement.
 School bills scheduled for the debate today (3/18/2014) 
   The Kansas House is set to debate HB 2475 concerning student financial literacy education.
 Legislature begins focus on school finance options (3/18/2014) 
   Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to comply with the Gannon ruling by the KS Supreme Court as House Appropriations begins discussing the Legislature’s options today.
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