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Two Education Bills Introduced as Kansas House of Representatives Convenes

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Education issues should be prominent in this year’s session of the House of Representatives in the Kansas State Legislature, which convened Monday in Topeka.

Public schools in the state have not been fully funded since shortly after the start of the Great Recession, which led to a decrease in state revenues. The highlight of this session is predicted to be debate over ways to reform public school financing. Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his school funding plan at the December meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education. And yesterday Democrats from the state legislature introduced their plan.

So far representatives have not introduced any school finance legislation on the House floor. However, they have introduced two other bills related to education topics.

House Bill (HB) 2425 proposes to amend a statute regulating public school district participation in campaign finance and elections. And HB2430 proposes to regulate school district contingency funds.

HB 2425 is now assigned to the House Standing Committee on Elections.

Four Kansas City metropolitan-area representatives serve on the elections committee. They are Chairman Scott Schwab (R-Olathe), Rep. Kelly Meigs (R-Lenexa), Rep. Robert Montgomery (R-Olathe) and Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee).

The House will reconvene Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m.
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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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