Dear Jayhawk for Higher Education,
The Legislature returned from a five-day break following Turnaround Day Feb. 23, which was the deadline for non-exempt bills to be passed in their chamber of origin to remain under consideration.
Next Monday, Blake Flanders, Kansas Board of Regents president and CEO, will present the higher education budget request to the Senate Higher Education Budget Committee. On behalf of the Regents universities, he will advocate for the restoration of $24 million in recent funding cuts (including $7.4 million for KU).
A critical factor in budget deliberations will be the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that mandated increased funding for K-12 education. To determine a new K-12 funding formula, the Legislature commissioned a third-party, peer-reviewed study by Lori Taylor, professor of economics at Texas A&M University. She will present her recommended formula and a K-12 budget on Thursday, March 15, and the Legislature must present its new plan to the court by April 30.
Please continue to thank your local lawmakers for their service, and watch for our next update Friday, March 16.
Thank you, and Rock Chalk!