During each legislative session, updates are made to this page and include information regarding the latest legislative discussions taking place in Topeka. Contact information for Johnson County Legislators is available on the Legislative Officials link. We encourage you to review the Blue Valley School District's Legislative Positions as well. Thank you for your interest in learning more about issues facing the Blue Valley School District during the legislative session.
Date: January 25, 2023
Submitted by: Dr. Tonya Merrigan, Blue Valley Schools
Superintendent Dr. Tonya Merrigan submitted testimony opposing HB 2048, which would expand the current Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program eligibility from the requirement that they be eligible for the free and reduced lunch program, to include students up to 250% of the federal poverty level.
PRIORITY LEVEL POSITIONS
Fully Fund Special Education
The current school finance system should be modified to fully fund the excess cost of special education services. Follow this link to learn more or see below.
Apply At-Risk Funding to Defined Student Measures
The current school finance system should be modified to include poverty factors and additional indicators such as ELL, student academic performance data, attendance data, foster care, juvenile justice and homelessness so as to meet the needs of these underserved student populations.
Cost of Living Authority
The cost of living authority is all locally funded. The maximum cost of living authority should be increased above the current 5% cap to allow Blue Valley to attract & retain qualified staff, given the cost-of-living in our district.
Enhance Student Mental Health
The Blue Valley School District urges expanded support for community-based behavioral and mental health initiatives. Further, the Blue Valley School District supports measures aimed at eliminating the possession, distribution and use of vaping products and other illegal drugs among school-aged students.
Oppose Tax Credits and Vouchers for Private Schools
Opposes public funding of private schools, including offering public tax credits that decrease state revenue that does not comply with the same standards and requirements of public school districts, including governance by an elected local school board.