Beginning with next year’s freshmen, Lawrence school district high schoolers must pass an additional STEM credit and a financial planning course to graduate, among other new requirements.
The Lawrence school board on Monday will consider approving new high school graduation requirements that would add a required STEM credit and a financial planning course, as well as an MOU to address surging mental health needs.
The 2023 legislative session in Kansas is expected to generate familiar debates on financing of public schools and vouchers for private schools, transgender student participation in sports and creation of a parental bill of rights touching on class curriculum and library offerings.
Lobbyists with the Kansas Association of School Boards also anticipated legislation would surface to broaden vaccination exemptions for students, encourage school employees to carry firearms and address the longstanding shortfall in state aid to special education.
School districts have been forced to shoulder the burden of paying for special education services that are underfunded by the Kansas Legislature. Advocates say there’s a dire need for more money.
The Lawrence school board on Monday will begin discussing the district’s legislative priorities earlier than usual.
An Augusta rep. dueled Tuesday with a school board lobbyist over her proposal to create a bonus pay system for teachers by redirecting money earmarked for schools with high concentrations of low-income families.
When 8th-grader Izzy Dieker told her friend, “I’m a lesbian,” a bus driver stopped the bus and confronted the 14-year-old about her use of “inappropriate” language, and the girl was suspended from school.
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