Kinskey, Tass Discuss Legislative Session With JCSD1 Trustees

State Senator Dave Kinskey
State Senator Dave Kinskey

State Senator Dave Kinskey (R-Sheridan) and State Representative Richard Tass (R-Buffalo) spoke to the Board of Trustees for Johnson County School District #1 during their regular meeting Monday night, updating them on the recently concluded legislative session.

Senator Kinskey told the school board that this session seemed particularly long, due to the extra time that was needed this year on the Appropriations Committee, which he is a member.

Kinskey named some of the education-specific bills he is pleased that passed during the session.

Wyoming Works, he said, is intended to be a first step in modifying funding to community colleges to move more towards career and technical education.
He is also pleased that community colleges can now offer Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.

He touched briefly on the $8 million in funding approved for the John C. Schiffer Collaborative School; the External Cost Adjustment for schools being approved; and a bill that will make it easier to convict those caught passing a school bus.

The cap on special education is still in place, he said, although some additional funding was approved for districts that get surprise placements.

Special education will be a continued interim topic of discussion.

We will have Representative Tass' comments in an upcoming story.

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