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Activities suspension bill advances

Members of the Senate Education committee voted unanimously to pass a bill that would revise the suspension requirements for students participating in extracurricular activities that are convicted of a drug related offense.   “We’re talking about youth that have made a mistake,” Sen. Tim Rave, the bill’s sponsor, said. “This is about sending a message …

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Debate on new tax class continues

A proposed fourth property tax classification passed the House Taxation committee on a 12-3 vote on Thursday.   House Bill 1086 would create a new tax levy for a school district’s general fund for leased property; removing it from the commercial levy. Agricultural and owner-occupied property classifications round out the four taxable levies.   The …

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Important week for K-12 funding

K-12 education’s funding conversation got started this week in the legislature and takes its turn on center stage soon with bill hearings for legislation that would return the per-student allocation to its high-point of $4,805 and another that would guarantee a minimum, annual increase of two percent to funding for schools.   “The Associated School …

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