Lawrence Schools could Lose 1.7 million Annually

Tragically, the Kansas legislature passed a school finance bill that terminated due process for teachers, shifted public resources toward private education, created winners and losers among student populations, changed substantive education… Read ArticleContinue Reading

Education Update

The Brownback school finance plan which includes several pieces of policy intended to undermine public schools and public school teachers was adopted by both the House and Senate. The bill which should have been a simple response to the Supreme Court decision on equity in the school finance formula was turned into a vehicle forContinue Reading

Let’s talk School Finance

Presently the Kansas Senate considers cutting $2 million dollars to the Lawrence school district. Apparently unwilling to invest significant new money in our public schools, the Kansas Senate considers shuffling money within the overall education budget to meet the Kansas Supreme Court ruling on providing more equity between school districts. While Kansas has made theContinue Reading

Join Game On in their Walk to the Capitol

PRESS RELEASE                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Game On Hopes Walk is a Game Changer for State Legislature Local Mom Makes Second Walk from Merriam to Topeka, Others Join Merriam, Kan. –  Last year the group Game On for Kansas Schools made headlines when member and local mom, Heather Ousley, made the 60 plus mileContinue Reading

Action Alert!

Educate Lawrence Action Alert The Kansas legislature is entering the crunch time of passing legislation and addressing school funding. Educate Lawrence recommends the following key messages to share with your legislators. Please pass a clean school budget bill now with at least $130 million of new funding to address wealth disparities across districts. Public schoolContinue Reading

Current Education Funding Level found Unconstitutional

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled today that the funding levels of our public schools are unconsitutional. Read the Article Read the Ruling “More than 20 judges over the past 20 years have consistently ruled that the state is shortchanging the kids of Kansas,” said John Robb, general counsel at Schools for Fair Funding. “It isContinue Reading

Call for Action — Charter School Bill

Game On for Kansas Schools sent out the following action alert on the Charter School Bill. Tuesday, February 25, the Senate Education Committee will work/vote on SB196 the For-Profit Charter School bill. Please contact committee members and urge them to vote NO on Senate Bill 196. Here is the committee email list: Steve.Abrams@senate.ks.gov, Tom.Arpke@senate.ks.gov, Anthony.Hensley@senate.ks.gov, Dan.Kerschen@senate.ks.gov,Continue Reading

Call For Action — School Board Elections

The Mainstream Coaltion calls for the below action alert on SB 211 that would move local school board elections to November. The Kansas Association of School Boards opposes SB 211 and HB 2227 which would also change local elections. ACTION ALERT: Stop the Attack on K12 Public Education #2Parties shouldn’t elect leaders, people should. ______________________________________________________Continue Reading

Common Core Debate Update

Sadly, the Kansas legislature is shifting the Common Core standards away from educational outcomes to political positioning. Read the Article   “The main objection Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs, has to the standards, however, is that they are part of a federal government mandate. That’s a common misconception, but, nonetheless, wrong. Development of the Common CoreContinue Reading

More About Private Schools

Tom Krebs with the Kansas Association of School Boards stated that the legislation to offer tax credits for private school education doesn’t hold private schools fiscally accountable and that home schools might even qualify. – Topeka Capitol Journal Online Read the Article   “Education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments…SuchContinue Reading