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KASB legislative update for Wed. Jan. 26

Posted Date: 01/26/2022

KASB legislative update for Wed. Jan. 26

Members of the Kansas Teacher of the Year team visited the Statehouse on Wednesday and asked legislators to trust and support them during these often turbulent times for schools.

The teachers also pushed back against recent criticism of social and emotional learning.

The group, which included regional winners and Kansas Teacher of the Year Susanne Stevenson of Dodge City USD 443, spoke during a joint session of the House and Senate education committees.

Later in the day, the House K-12 Education Budget Committee, heard HB 2514, which would require school districts to allow students in home schools or other non-accredited private schools to enroll on a part-time basis, and HB 2512, which would authorize virtual school state aid for students who are seeking completion of a high school diploma, but who have dropped out of high school.

Next week is going to be busy on the public school front with hearings on a voucher-like proposal and more mandates on school boards. Here is a link to a story that summarizes all of the bills that will have hearings.

And here is a video wrap-up of the day’s events.

Earlier this week, the House Taxation Committee started considering bills to repeal the state sales tax on food.

The Kansas Department of Revenue estimates 24% of all current sales tax are collected on food or food ingredients as defined. HB 2484 will result in the reduction in the state sales tax collections of around $319.8 million in fiscal year 2023.

Some proponents of HB 2484, such as Jay Hall of the Kansas Associations of Counties suggested not to remove the local portion on sales tax as counties depend on that revenue and he believes that the “tax burden” would be shifted to property taxes.