Legislative Platform

The Gardner Edgerton School District is focused on providing an outstanding education for all of the students in the Gardner and Edgerton communities. We have recently adopted a Strategic Plan that formalizes this commitment. Additionally, we have set Board of Education Goals that further delineate how the Board of Education will support our Strategic Plan through this next year. We have a clear understanding and a commitment to what we can do within our communities to meet our goals. We also strive to influence policymakers in the greater community to support these endeavors. This Legislative Platform outlines where our Board of Education stands on local and state legislative actions that ultimately impact the children of Gardner and Edgerton.

Legislative Platform

Legislative Updates

The information provided on this page is for reference only. USD 231 makes no recommendation or judgement related to any piece of legislation.

House, Senate bills related to public education

Below is a list of House and Senate bills that the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is following (2024 Legislative Session)

  • HB 2506 – Authorizing students enrolled in virtual schools to participate in activities that are regulated by the Kansas State High School Activities Association at such student’s resident school district without a minimum enrollment requirement in such resident school district.

  • HB 2509 – Providing reimbursement payments for the cost of career technical education assessments to school districts under the career technical education credential and transition incentive for employment success act.

  • HB 2514 - Revising school district open enrollment procedures and requirements to prioritize students who are Kansas residents over students who are residents of another state; providing for continued enrollment of students who attended a school district of non-residence in school year 2023-2024; authorizing school districts to deem students as not in good standing prior to enrollment for things such as truancy, unpaid fees (if applicable) or disciplinary problems; and requiring publication of nonresident student transfer policies on the school district website.

  • HB 2521 – Requiring the Kansas State Board of Education to authorize teaching licenses for individuals who complete an alternative teacher certification program.

  • Referred to House Committee on K-12 Education Budget.

  • HB 2539 – Removing the Kansas residency requirement for eligibility for a Kansas promise scholarship and modifying the definition of part-time student under that program.

  • SB 348 – Requiring that the appointment of the executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund be confirmed by the Senate.

  • HB 2475 – Prohibiting the commencement of the school term prior to Labor Day.

  • HB 2480 – Requiring each school district to employ an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder specialist.

  • HB 2485 – Requiring enrollment under the Kansas school equity and enhancement act to be determined using the current school year or the preceding school year and requiring any district that closed a school building in the preceding school year to use the current year enrollment count.

  • HB 2489 – Limiting the legislative option to purchase school district buildings to buildings that were formerly used as attendance centers.

  • HB 2494 - Establishes policy requirements for school safety and security plans and cardiac emergency response plans and provides grant programs for the implementation of such policies.

  • SB 128 - Establishes the ad astra opportunity tax credit to provide an income tax credit for taxpayers with eligible dependent children not enrolled in public school.