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Action Alert: Key action on education likely to be taken Wednesday; contact your legislator


Posted Date: 04/06/2021

Action Alert: Key action on education likely to be taken Wednesday; contact your legislator

The Legislature may be voting tomorrow (Wed. April 7) on measures that KASB and other education advocacy groups believe would harm public school education in Kansas.

Now is the time to contact your state representatives and senators to express concerns about proposals that would use public taxes to pay for private education, financially punish schools for using remote learning and shortchange K-12 funding.

These proposals and others would lead to a two-tier system because private schools can select which students they want to educate and reject those they don’t want.

A House-Senate education conference committee started meeting Tuesday. The contents of HB 2119 are expected to be placed into a shell bill — SB 175 — and that bill will probably contain many of the provisions opposed by KASB. For more information on those proposals and how to contact your legislator, go to this link.

Another proposal that has popped up would require school districts to compensate higher education institutions for the cost of remedial or developmental courses. KASB believes this proposal would be unfair, unequal and counterproductive. Students need better planning for college and careers. Taking funding from schools will not help. For more on this, go to this link.

With legislators set to adjourn the regular session this week, KASB believes votes on education bills in both the House and Senate may start occurring as early as tomorrow.

For a video wrapup of Tuesday’s developments and a preview of tomorrow, please go to this link.