Legislative Updates

Legislative Liaison Barbara Railsback
•Rock Hills, 109 E. Main, Mankato, KS  brailsback@usd107.org

October 21, 2014


Change in Fingerprint Requirement for Licensure

At their September 2014 meeting, the Kansas State Board of Education adopted regulation changes regarding requirements for a fingerprint based records check. These changes will affect veteran educators who have never submitted fingerprints as part of any previous application for a Kansas certificate or license issued by the Kansas State Department of Education.

EFFECTIVE November 15, 2014:

Any person submitting any of the following will ALSO be required to submit AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION, a complete set of fingerprints and the required fee:
•an application for the first Kansas certificate or license;
•an application for renewal of an expired Kansas certificate or license;  or
NEW — an application for renewal of a valid Kansas certificate or license, if the person has never submitted fingerprints as part of any previous application for a Kansas certificate or license.
September 25, 2014
Investing in CTE Can’t Wait

Congress has passed a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) to provide temporary funding for the federal government through December 11. This CR will continue current funding levels for Perkins and other education programs until a long-term agreement can be reached.

In July, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations subcommittee released a bill that would increase the Perkins Basic State Grant to $1.123 billion (up from $1.118 billion in FY 2014)! However, neither the Senate nor the House of Representatives will be able to pass a Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill before the end of the fiscal year, so the short-term CR is necessary to keep the federal government running past September 30.

Following the passage of the CR, Congress adjourned until November for the midterm elections. With so much uncertainty about the future of funding for CTE, this is an important time to reach out to your Members of Congress and let them know that investing in CTE can’t wait!

Take Action
  • Contact your Members of Congress using our CTE Action Centeror by phone through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
  • Tell them we need a full-year appropriations bill that funds Perkins at $1.123 billion.
  • Let them know that investing in CTE can’t wait!