Updates April 15, 2023

School Choice and Education

There are many moving parts and bills that are designed to help protect our children and help provide them with the best education possible.  The big ones we have been following and supporting have been HB 2138, HB 2236, and SB 83.

HB 2138, is a combination of several bills.  The main one is a bill that would require separate sleeping accommodation for kids when they are on school sponsored and related trips.  This would ensure only biological females stay together and only biological males stay together. 

The bill passed in both the House and the Senate.  To view how your Representative and Senator voted, click the links below.

House: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2023_24/measures/vote_view/je_20230406235059_968839/

Senate: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2023_24/measures/vote_view/je_20230406185451_963235/

HB 2236 establishes the Parent’s Bill of Rights.  Simply put, the bill states that parents have the right to direct the education, upbringing and moral or religious training of their children, including the right to object to harmful and inappropriate educational materials.

The bill has been approved by both Chambers and waits to be presented to the Governor.

SB 83 originally contained contents to create the Sunflower Education Act. As of last week the contents of the bill were adjusted to create the Kansas Education Enrichment Program (KEEP). The program would provide for awards or grants for qualified students. Helping students to attend the school or their choosing, regardless of the economic background.  Also included in the bill is funds for Special Education State Aid, totaling $592.7 million, and creates a task force for special education topics.

The bill passed the House 65-58 but failed to pass in the Senate, 17-20.  To see how your Representative and Senator voted, see below links.

House: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2023_24/measures/vote_view/je_20230406231859_729221/

Senate: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2023_24/measures/vote_view/je_20230407031508_066420/