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SB 218 - Establishes School Financing and Administrative Measures - Kansas Key Vote

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Title: Establishes School Financing and Administrative Measures

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that establishes school financing and administrative measures.

Highlights:

  • Establishes the Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program to provide “eligible” students with scholarships to attend a school of their parents’ choice (Secs. 55 & 57).
  • Defines “eligible” students as children who meet certain requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 56):
    • He or she qualifies as an at-risk pupil who is attending a school that would qualify as either a title I focus school or a title I priority school;
    • He or she has received an educational scholarship under this program and has not graduated from high school or reached 21 years of age; and
    • He or he resides in Kansas while receiving an educational scholarship.
  • Specifies that the educational scholarships are not to exceed $8,000 per eligible student to cover all or a portion of the costs of tuition, fees, and expenses of a qualified school and, if applicable, the costs of transportation to a qualified school (Sec. 56). 
  • Establishes the Education Fairness Property Tax Relief Act to provide ad valorem tax relief to “qualifying individuals” who educate a “qualifying child” at their own expense (Secs. 63-71).
  • Defines “qualifying individuals” as individuals who meet the following requirements (Sec. 64):
    • None of his or her children were enrolled in a Kansas public school during the calendar year for which the qualifying individual is claiming the property tax exemption; and
    • He or she is the parent of a “qualifying child”.
  • Defines a “qualifying child” as the natural or adopted child of a qualifying individual who meets the following requirements (Sec. 64):
    • He or she is between the ages of 6 and 18 at the time the semi-annual installment of property taxes is due;
    • He or she was educated in a private elementary or secondary school; and
    • He or she was not enrolled in a public school during the calendar year for which the qualifying individual is claiming the property tax exemption.
  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to waive the required years of employment when intending to terminate a “teacher” contract (Sec. 53).
  • Defines “teacher” as any professional employee who is required to hold a certificate to teach in any school district, and any teacher or instructor in any area vocational-technical school technical college, the Institute of Technology at Washburn University, or community college (Sec. 49).

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Title: Establishes School Financing and Administrative Measures

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