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Lawmakers want to expand eligibility for free community college in Kansas

Lawmakers want to expand eligibility for free community college in Kansas

Less than a year into offering free community college for Kansas students in some high-demand fields, the state legislature is proposing adjustments to expand access. While 663 students received the Kansas Promise Scholarship during the first semester of the new program, according to an early 2022 report to the Kansas Legislature, nearly 75% of those who applied didn’t receive an…

What passed? What didn’t? A recap of the Kansas regular legislative session

What passed? What didn’t? A recap of the Kansas regular legislative session

Update: Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed Senate Bill 160, which bans female transgender students from athletics, on April 18. On April 25, Wyandotte County District Judge Bill Klapper ruled that a map setting new boundaries for the state’s four congressional districts is unconstitutional. Long hours, late nights and short tempers marked the chaotic end of the regular session…

Who represents me in the Kansas Legislature?

Who represents me in the Kansas Legislature?

The residents of Sedgwick County are represented at the Kansas Statehouse by 32 lawmakers — a mix of attorneys, small-business owners, former educators, veterans, engineers and retirees from aviation and aerospace industries. Even a farmer and the owner of a liquor store.  The Sedgwick County delegation — nearly 20% of the legislature’s 165 members —…

‘Black Friday in August’: Kansas lawmakers hope to pass new school tax holiday

‘Black Friday in August’: Kansas lawmakers hope to pass new school tax holiday

To compete with neighboring states, some Kansas legislators want to host a back-to-school sales tax holiday. Under a proposal in the Kansas Senate, SB 432, school-related sales of clothing, clothing accessories, school supplies and instructional materials, art supplies, computer software, school computers and computer supplies would be exempt from sales taxes for four days in August. …

Vaccine mandates, teacher pay and scholarships: Kansas education bills to watch

Vaccine mandates, teacher pay and scholarships: Kansas education bills to watch

Kansas legislators have introduced more than a dozen bills regarding K-12 and higher education in 2022, covering topics such as teacher pay, COVID vaccines and course materials. The Kansas Legislature went into session Jan. 10 and lawmakers will likely continue to add new legislation to the list.  The mix of education-related legislation also includes some…

‘We’ve become the substitute state hospital’: Four years later, Sedgwick County still calling for state mental health hospital

‘We’ve become the substitute state hospital’: Four years later, Sedgwick County still calling for state mental health hospital

For decades, the Sedgwick County Jail has been overcrowded.  A federal lawsuit in 1986 that capped the jail population and required a plan to deal with overcrowding at the facility was only the start. Since, multiple expansions and facilities have been built in an attempt to alleviate the numbers.  But throughout 2021, the jail continued…

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