Follow the Kansas Legislature on Education

If you’re interested in education policy in Kansas, here’s a site that you should add to your bookmarks: Kansas Votes. The site. It describes every piece of legislation under consideration. It’s searchable, meaning that you can find legislation of interest by author, legislator, and subject.

For example, here’s a a bill from last session:

2008 Senate Bill 531 (Increase K-12 education spending)[History, Amendments & Comments] [Text and Analysis] [Add to Watch List]

  • Introduced in the Senate on February 1, 2008, to increase funding for K-12 education by increasing the state finance formula’s Base State Aid Per Pupil (BSAPP) from the current $4,433 up to $4,492 for the 2009-2010 school year at an additional cost of $37.2 million. Increasing BSAPP has ripple effects that require funding increases for other parts of the finance formula, amounting to at least another $3.7 million, but this bill does not account for those effects. The Kansas Supreme Court in 2006 forced a three-year $466 million K-12 funding enhancement and this bill effectively adds a fourth year to that program. The latest data current through the 2006-07 school year show that total K-12 funding from federal, state, and local tax sources averages $11,558 per pupil..
  • Passed in the Senate (37 to 2) on February 21, 2008, to increase funding for K-12 education by increasing the state finance formula’s BSAPP from the current $4,433 up to $4,492 for the 2009-2010 school year at an additional cost of at least $37.2 million. [Vote Details and Comments]
  • Received in the House on February 22, 2008.
  • Passed in the House (96 to 29) on April 1, 2008, to increase funding for K-12 education by increasing the state finance formula’s BSAPP from the current $4,433 up to $4,492 for the 2009-2010 school year at an additional cost of at least $37.2 million; and, to increase state K-12 funding by $23 million to replace reductions in federal tax support and make changes to school consolidation law . [Vote Details and Comments]
  • Received in the Senate on April 1, 2008.
  • Motion by Rep. Deena Horst (R) on May 2, 2008, to adopt a compromise version of the bill reported by a House-Senate conference committee. The report recommends passage of the House-passed version of the bill with the following changes: make the state funding that replaces lost federal funds effective immediately, but limit it to $9 million; and, create a Special Education Funding Task Force that would make recommendations to the Legislature each year.
  • The motion passed in the House (101 to 19) on May 2, 2008, to adopt the conference committee report: to increase funding for K-12 education by increasing the state finance formula’s BSAPP from the current $4,433 up to $4,492 for the 2009-2010 school year at an additional cost of at least $37.2 million; to increase state K-12 funding by $9 million to replace some of the reduction in federal tax support; and, to make changes to school consolidation law. [Vote Details and Comments]
  • Motion by Sen. Jean Schodorf (R) on May 2, 2008, to adopt the conference committee report that was earlier approved by the House.
  • The motion passed in the Senate (36 to 3) on May 2, 2008, adopting the conference committee report that was already approved by the House: to increase funding for K-12 education by increasing the state finance formula’s BSAPP from the current $4,433 up to $4,492 for the 2009-2010 school year at an additional cost of at least $37.2 million; to increase state K-12 funding by $9 million to replace some of the reduction in federal tax support; and, to make changes to school consolidation. Passage thereby forwards the bill to the governor for her consideration. [Vote Details and Comments]
  • Signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on May 18, 2008.
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