Here we go

Last week saw a lot of action, and this week, though the Legislature didn't come back until Wednesday, has already seen some movement on the big three: the budget, education finance, and judicial selection.

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Why the Formula Works

You've heard a lot about the school funding formula in Kansas. Be aware. Some of the leadership in Kansas wants to discredit the formula, in favor of limited government and reduced state funding for public education and other services. Allowing the formula to be discarded is a mistake. 

Here’s how the formula works.

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Turnaround week and the DREAM Act under fire - Legislative Update

Kansas is about halfway through the 2015 legislative session, having just finished week seven.  This midpoint is known as Turnaround Week, which refers to a deadline requiring most bills to pass out of their chamber of origin. The operative word is MOST bills. Select legislation remained dormant, such as those pertaining to the Battle for Impartial Elections, only to be resurrected later through other means, including amendments, exempt committees and last minute bundling.

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Turnaround

No, it's not what you hope, though we did have a small bit of success this week (see below). We haven't turned this ship around, not yet. "Turnaround" is the term used for this week in the Kansas Legislature, by the end of which the work of the various committees must be done, and bills must be out of the "chamber of origin." House bills need to be ready for the Senate, and Senate bills ready for the House. This is the halfway point of the session.

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Testimony opposing HB 2292 - Reversing curriculum standards

This is testimony being delivered today to the House Education Committee opposing HB 2292, which looks to develop curriculum standards (this is an anti-Common Core bill).

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Restore the revenue. It is that simple.

Last week we warned you about the work that was being done in the Kansas Legislature to dismantle public education in the name of maintaining the income tax cuts of 2012. And we also told you to watch out for the distraction bills, each critical in its own right, but meant to keep you from seeing the big picture.

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Public Education in Crisis - Watch now

Video of our legislative forum, Public Education in Crisis, is now available right here. Our guests pulled off the gloves in their concern for public education in Kansas. Watch it now.

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Testimony Opposing HB 2199, Opt-in Human Sexuality Education

This is testimony being presented by MainStream in opposition to HB 2199, which tries to make human sexuality education in public schools opt-in only.

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400,000 Kansans are Being Ignored

This past election for Governor saw 869,502 votes cast. 50% of those votes, 436,306 Kansas voters, wanted some direction other than the one piloted by Sam Brownback.

This is not a mandate.

So why are the extremist allies of Governor Brownback acting like it is?

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Testimony Supporting HB2148, the House Kansas Transparency Act

This is testimony submitted in support of the Kansas House version, HB 2148, of the Kansas Transparency Act, championed by moderate Stephanie Clayton.

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