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The #KSLEG is attacking public education funding again and this time is looking to rewrite the formula for how school districts receive state funds for special education. With only a few days to review the bill, experts aren't able to give a comprehensive report on just how this will impact...

    Monday, January 8, 2024 Committee Schedules Our Priorities What to Watch and more!   Happy New Year! Today the KSleg gavels in at 2:00 pm for year two of the 2023-2024 biennial Legislative Session. Week one is historically pretty slow. However, every seat in the 125-member House and 40-member...


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