School Finance

Kansas Senate president announces appointments to education panel
June 24, 2014
Senate President Susan Wagle announced her appointments to the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission on Tuesday, selecting a pair of officials with ties to education and business in the Wichita area.
Judges reviewing new Kansas school funding law
09:58 a.m., June 11, 2014 Updated 03:33 p.m.
An attorney for Kansas school districts that sued the state over funding has told a court panel it shouldn’t dismiss part of the case despite legislative action.
Kansas House Speaker Merrick appoints Kansas Chamber leader O’Neal, KPI president Trabert to school study commission
June 10, 2014
House Speaker Ray Merrick has appointed two vocal critics of the state public school system to a commission that will make recommendations to the Legislature on how to make schools more efficient.
KNEA announces plans to file lawsuit over teacher tenure
11:49 a.m., June 9, 2014 Updated 04:52 p.m.
The state’s largest teachers union Monday said it would file a lawsuit challenging the recent school bill that repeals tenure rights for public school teachers. By Scott Rothschild
Teachers hope to make tenure an issue in governor’s race
April 28, 2014
Kansas teachers who are angered over Gov. Sam Brownback’s repeal of tenure hope they can convince the general public that they have a stake in this fight, too. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas seeks dismissal of equity portion of school finance lawsuit
April 25, 2014
Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Friday filed a motion to dismiss part of the school finance lawsuit, saying that the recently approved funding bill successfully addresses a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the state had unconstitutionally under-funded poor schools. By Scott Rothschild
Teacher protests follow Brownback
April 23, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday headed west to discuss some of his accomplishments during the 2014 legislative session and was met with protests by teachers who are upset that he signed into law the repeal of teacher tenure. Also Wednesday, Brownback signed into law a bill that could put Kansas officials in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health programs in the state and a bill that strips cities and counties of the power to regulate firearms and nullifies existing local gun ordinances. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback signs school finance, tenure-repeal bill
12:12 p.m., April 21, 2014 Updated 06:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a school finance bill that will provide more funds to classrooms in an effort to comply with a court order, but also includes controversial policy changes, including the repeal of tenure for teachers. “This is a good bill,” Brownback said. The funding portion of the bill is meant to address a Kansas Supreme Court order handed down in March to increase aid to poor school districts by July 1. By Scott Rothschild
Removal of teacher tenure evaded usual scrutiny, but proponents say measure was warranted
April 13, 2014
The proposal that does away with teacher tenure in Kansas was added to a school finance bill without any public input and lacks only Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature to become state law. By Scott Rothschild
Merrick seeks to clear up ‘misinformation’ about bill stripping teachers of tenure; KNEA says he’s wrong
April 9, 2014
Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick’s office on Wednesday sought to clear up what he described as misinformation about a bill that does away with tenure for kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. But the state’s largest teacher’s union said Merrick’s release was wrong on some points and misleading on others. By Scott Rothschild
School districts say new school finance bill will widen disparities
April 7, 2014
The Legislature’s new school finance bill will continue to widen the funding gap between wealthy and poor districts, attorneys representing school districts that successfully sued the state said Monday. By Scott Rothschild