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KASB legislative roundup for Wed. April 7

Posted Date: 04/07/2021

KASB legislative roundup for Wed. April 7

Major votes are expected Thursday in the House and Senate on an education bill opposed by KASB and numerous education and parental groups.

SB 175 would allow the use of public tax dollars to send students to private schools. School leaders fear the proposal would lead to a two-tier education system because private schools can select which students they want to educate and that it will eventually mean reduced funding for public schools.

For more information on SB 175, which essentially includes the contents of HB 2119, and how to contact legislators, please go to this link.

The House and Senate education conference committee was scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, likely to finalize SB 175. It will also work on SB 55, which may become a new vehicle for the bill that would prohibit transgender girls and women from competing on school sports teams. The conference committee is scheduled to meet again at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on legislation requiring passage of a civics test to graduate high school.

Also on Wednesday, the Senate advanced HB 2089, which says if schools offer firearm safety programs, they must use the NRA’s Eddie Eagle gun safety program in grades K-5; Eddie Eagle or Hunter Education in Our Schools in grades 6-8 and Hunter Education in grades 9-12. Several Democrats spoke against the bill, saying the Eddie Eagle program wasn’t effective and school boards should be free to choose whatever safety program they wanted.

On another gun bill, the Senate advanced HB 2058, which will allow 18-20-year-olds carry a concealed firearm. They would still not be able to carry a gun in school.

A video wrapup of Wednesday’s developments is here.