School Finance

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
Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure
April 5, 2014
Hundreds of teachers gathered Saturday in the Statehouse to let legislators know they opposed a proposal to repeal tenure for teachers as part of a new school finance plan. By Scott Rothschild
House speaker says state funding of full-day kindergarten probably not happening this session
March 25, 2014
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, on Tuesday said Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten probably isn’t advancing during the current legislative session. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas attorney general outlines school finance ruling
March 18, 2014
ansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the level of additional judicial scrutiny of public school funding depends largely on how legislators respond to the recent court ruling.
Davis says state needs to come up with $129 million for schools; Republicans have not committed to dollar amount
March 13, 2014
House Democratic Leader Paul Davis on Thursday called on the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback to restore $129 million to schools to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court order to equalize funding for poor school districts. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas House speaker sends lawmakers to work on school finance
02:00 p.m., March 10, 2014 Updated 02:39 p.m.
Kansas legislators are starting work on school funding issues after a state Supreme Court ruling, and Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling them they have many options. The Associated Press
Kansas Supreme Court orders some school funding increases, sends big question back to lower court
01:00 p.m., March 6, 2014 Updated 04:04 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court says the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. The court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. The Supreme Court also sent the case back to district court for more review to “promptly” determine what the adequate amount of funding should be, but didn’t set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed at helping poorer districts with capital improvements and general school operations.
Kansas Supreme Court on school finance: A summary of the ruling
March 7, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court today handed down it’s long-awaited ruling in the school finance case, Gannon vs. Kansas. Here is a summary of the Court’s decision:
Committee debates pros and cons of full-day kindergarten
12:03 p.m., February 20, 2014 Updated 12:22 p.m.
The head of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet on Thursday declined to endorse Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to have the state fund full-day kindergarten. By Scott Rothschild