Legislative Updates

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2022 Education Bills Signed into Law, Vetoed (May 2022):

With the 2022 legislative session over, here is a summary of education-related bills passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Laura Kelly.

HB 2567 — Provides full funding of the Gannon legal settlement for fiscal year 2023, which starts July 1, and the first year of the Consumer Price Index adjustment in 2024. The bill also provides numerous policy changes, including open enrollment, which will require school districts to allow enrollment of non-resident students, subject to local board policies defining capacity and other criteria beginning in the 2024-25 school year. For more information on this bill go here.

HB 2446 — Enacts the Promoting Advancement in Computer Knowledge (PACK) Act. Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, the law requires high schools to offer at least one computer science course or submit a plan to do so and authorizes the State Board of Education to award grants to help teachers teach computer science. For more information, go here.

HB 2239 — Contains multiple tax provisions, including several that affect schools.

On the calculation of the revenue-neutral tax rate, school districts would be deemed to have not exceeded their revenue-neutral rate in the event the revenue in excess of the prior year's amount was solely attributable to increased revenue from the 20-mill statewide school finance levy.

On residential property tax exemptions, the law increases the residential exemption from the 20 mill statewide school finance tax levy from $20,000 of valuation to $40,000 beginning in the tax year 2022 and provides for the amount to be increased in future tax years according to the average percentage change in statewide residential real property for the preceding 10 tax years. The loss of revenue to school districts has been made up through appropriations of state general funds.

Grants an individual income tax credit of $250 per year for public or private school teachers in Kansas equal to the taxpayer’s expenditures for school and classroom supplies during the tax year. The credit takes effect in the tax year 2022.

For more information, go here.

HB 2510 — Appropriations bill for state agencies that includes $1 million for the Computer Science Educator Scholarship. For more information, go here.

SB 421 — Provides $1.125 billion to make up for previous underfunding of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Of that amount, $254 million will go toward the KPERS school employer contribution that had been withheld in 2017 and 2019, and the remaining amount will go to the KPERS school unfunded liability. For more information, go here.

SB 267 — The appropriations bill for state agencies includes $1.5 million for teacher scholarships. For more information, go here.

SB 91 — Exempts businesses from certain liability claims arising from a secondary student engaged in a “work-based learning program.”  For more information, go here.

SB 215 — Authorizes school boards to contract with transportation network companies to transport eight or fewer people to and from school or school-related activities and transfers authority for certain postsecondary driver’s education to the Kansas Department of Revenue. For more information, go here.

SB 62 — Amends state standards for free school-administered vision screenings, establishes the Kansas Children’s Vision Health and School Readiness Commission and establishes a sign language registration process. For more information, go here.

Education-related bills vetoed by Gov. Kelly

SB 58 — Parents' Bill of Rights would have established rights for parents and required methods to provide parents access to classroom materials. Veto sustained. For more information, go here.

SB 160 — Prohibiting transgender females on female sports teams. Veto sustained. For more information, go here.

SB 34 — Prohibiting local governmental entities, including school boards, from requiring face masks to address a contagious disease outbreak. No attempt by Legislature to override. For more information, go here.

Kansas House of Representatives (February 2022):

HB 2662  - Establishing the parents' bill of rights and academic transparency act, requiring school districts to establish parent transparency portals to provide information on materials that are used or made available in schools, removing the affirmative defense for schools for the crime of promotion to minors of material that is harmful to minors and prohibiting schools from non-renewing a teacher's contract for refusing to teach against certain beliefs or practices

HB 2511 - Requiring Schools to allow virtual, home, and private school students to participate in a school district’s activities that are regulated, supervised, promoted, and developed by the state activities association.

HB 2466, a bill requiring school districts to add computer science as a graduation requirement

HB 2498 - childhood immunizations required for care at a child care facility or attendance at a school; prohibiting the secretary of health and environment from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine therefore.

HB 2505 - relating to college and career readiness assessments administered by national assessment providers; providing exemptions for such assessments under the student data privacy act and the student online personal protection act.

HB 2513 - Education; relating to the administration of certain tests, questionnaires, surveys, and examinations in schools; establishing parental notification and written consent requirements; prohibiting the incorporation of certain tests, questionnaires, surveys, and examinations into educational programs or curriculum; prohibiting the collection of personally identifiable student data.

HB 2514 - Education; authorizing school districts to provide part-time enrollment options for certain students.

 Kansas Senate (February 2022)

SB 363  - Requiring school districts to annually publish on the internet a list of training materials and activities used for student instruction and teacher professional development

 SB 393 - Requiring school districts to annually publish on the internet a list of learning materials and activities used for student instruction at each school of the school district and providing a penalty for violations thereof