Kansas lawmakers want to limit online learning statewide. Some districts push back – By Katie Bernard (Kansas City Star) / Mar 8 2021
It’s been a year since Gov. Laura Kelly ordered all schools online as the COVID-19 pandemic surged through Kansas. More than 80% of K-12 schools in the state have brought students back to classrooms full time or are preparing to by the end of the month.
A handful, however, continue to wait. They have opted for hybrid learning or to remain entirely remote for reasons particular to their communities.
Their decisions have placed them on what Kansas Republican lawmakers view as the wrong side of the issue. Worried that the pandemic has resulted in a “lost year” for students, they are pushing for policies that would sharply limit online instruction.
The Kansas Senate approved a bill Wednesday requiring all schools to offer full-time, in-person instruction by March 26. The proposed House budget includes provisions that would cut per-pupil funding by two-thirds for any student fully online for more than a six weeks during a state of emergency or more than week during normal times starting next year.