The Latest From “Under the Dome”

Supreme Court: Schools May Open Under New Finance Bill

The Kansas Supreme Court yesterday announced that Kansas public schools will be allowed to open under the finance plan passed by the Legislature in Senate Bill 19. This is not, however, to mean that they believe the new formula to be adequate or constitutional. That...
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Brownback Signs School Finance Bill

Governor Brownback took his time about it, but yesterday he finally signed SB 19, the new school finance proposal passed by the House and Senate. Of course, in his signing statement, he had to take the opportunity to complain about the Legislature’s work product...
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The Session is Over, But the Court Must Still Rule

The 2017 Legislative session came to a close on Saturday night with the adoption by both chambers of the final budget conference committee report. There was little specific to public schools in the budget as the K-12 budget is contained in the school finance plan...
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Yes, Virginia, There Is An End In Sight

What’s going on, you might wonder. For example, why hasn’t Governor Brownback either signed or vetoed the school finance bill (SB 19)? Well, we’ve learned that the school finance bill has only reached the Governor’s desk today – why, we...
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A Waiting Game and a Budget

With the passage of a school finance plan and, thanks to a veto override, a tax plan, the legislature has one more major piece of business between them adjournment – the final budget bill. As we write today, the House is debating their budget bill and the Senate...
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