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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

We haven't been passing on a lot of legislative updates, as not a lot has been happening in the way of education bills being worked in committees in Topeka, but please be aware that things may move QUICKLY in the Statehouse, and stay tuned for action alerts!

Legislative Update:

The Kansas legislature has finished its third week and has hired Lori Taylor to perform an education cost study to help determine the state’s response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision in the Gannon case. Her report is due to the legislature by March 15. Jesse Levin will then perform a peer review of Dr. Taylor’s study. The legislature will use that work to create a plan and present it to the court by April 30.

Efforts to improve transparency in the Kansas legislature are gaining momentum. Kansas PTA supports legislation to make it easier for citizens to participate in the legislative process and to ensure that bills passed in Kansas follow proper procedures. Please watch for action alerts on these and other issues as the session proceeds.

Kansas PTA Advocacy Day will be Tuesday February 6th from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Capitol. Information on Kansas PTA policies and issues will be on hand to distribute to elected officials during the day. Meetings with legislators will be scheduled to discuss Kansas PTA policies and concerns. PTA members will learn about the legislative process and PTA advocacy in an informal setting, and have the opportunity to meet and talk with their elected officials. Stay for the day, or come and go as you please. Check out the event on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/220340475177244/?ti=cl

Kansas PTA advocacy efforts are guided by our Legislative Platform and Priorities (found here http://www.kansas-pta- legislative.org/) which are reviewed and voted on annually by our members.

Please contact Devin Wilson, Legislative Chair if you would like to attend, and for more information.

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