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Minutes for HB2410 - Committee on K-12 Education Budget

Short Title

Creating the Kansas school equity and enhancement act

Minutes Content for Fri, Mar 24, 2017


Chairperson Campbell recognized Cassandra Barton, Insight School & Kansas Virtual Academy, who was an oral proponent for HB 2410(Attachment 2)

There were no other oral proponents or written-only proponents.

Mary Sinclair, Kansas PTA, was an oral opponent. (Attachment 3)

Another oral opponent was Steve Splichal, Superintendent, Eudora, USD 491. (Attachment 4)

Appearing as an oral opponent was Judith Deedy, Game On for Kansas Schools.  (Attachment 5)

Tom Krebs, a public school advocate, also appeared as an oral opponent. (Attachment 6)

Chairperson Campbell introduced Suzan Patton, Superintendent, Pratt, USD 382, who gave oral testimony in opposition to HB 2410(Attachment 7)

Addressing the Committee as an oral opponent was Brian Spencer, Central Heights, USD 288.  (Attachment 8)

Liz Meitl, representing Brandi Fisher, MainStream Coalition, spoke in opposition to this bill.  (Attachment 9)

Questions for opponents:

Representative Rooker had a question for Suzan Patton. The question was also answered by Steve Splichal and Brian Spencer.

There was written-only testimony in opposition to this bill submitted from:

Katherine Kersenbrock-Ostmeyer, Director of Special Education, Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center.(Attachment 10)

Marge Ahrens and Carole Neal, Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Kansas.  (Attachment 11)

Jeremy LaFaver, Alliance for Childhood Education,  (Attachment 12)  Mr. LaFaver verbally indicated he would support the bill if provisions for all-day kindergarden and $9 million for early childhood education were included.

Dr. Patricia All, Superintendent, Olathe, USD 233, appeared before the Committee as an oral neutral conferee.  (Attachment 13)

Another oral neutral conferee was Mark Desetti, Kansas National Education Association.  (Attachment 14)

Also appearing as an oral neutral conferee was David Dorsey, Senior Education Analyst, Kansas Policy Institute.  (Attachment 15), (Attachment 16)

Revisor Long gave a clarification on the career/technical education piece of HB 2410.  Representative Aurand made a statement about the intent and what actually is in the bill.

Questions directed to Dr. All were asked by Representative Schwab and Representative Winn.

Representative Karleskint asked for clarification on technical education fundings which were answered by Eddie Penner, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Research Department.

Representative Lusk asked for clarification from Chairperson Campbell and Representative Aurand on technical education amounts.

Comments and questions in regard to weightings on technical education were made by several other representatives.

There was written-only neutral testimony from:

Pam Stranathan, Superintendent, Gardner Edgerton, USD 231.  (Attachment 17)

Dr. Wayne Burke, Superintendent, Spring Hill, USD 230. (Attachment 18)

Comments in regard to making amendments were made by several representatives and responded to by Revisor Long.

Representative Aurand distributed to the Committee a run with a proposed amendment.  (Attachment 19)

The hearing on HB 2410 will continue in the House K-12 Education Committee meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017, upon adjournment of the House.  Meeting time will be announced from the Well.

The meeting adjourned at 3:28 p.m.