Elections/School Governance

 Expected bill would allow school lockdown devices (1/9/2017) 
   KASB has learned of the pending introduction of a bill that would codify in law a 2014 regulatory variance that allows public schools to use temporary door-lock devices during an active shooter or lockdown situation or drill.
 Wynn appointed to group advising Attorney General Schmidt on open government (1/5/2017) 
   In consultation with KASB, Kansas City attorney Deryl Wynn has been named to a group that will advise Attorney General Derek Schmidt on open government issues.
 Reminder: School boards must pass resolution on term expiration dates (12/22/2016) 
   Changes made by the Legislature to the way school board members are elected will require school boards to pass a resolution stating that the terms of board members that would have expired during 2017 will now expire in January 2018.
 Senate committee rosters announced (12/22/2016) 
   Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, has announced the makeup of the Senate committees for the 2017 legislative session, which starts Jan. 9. Committee chairs and vice chairs had been announced earlier.
 Legislators to review budget issues in advance of session (12/15/2016) 
   A panel of legislative leaders will review the challenging state of the state budget Friday, less than a month before the start of the 2017 session.
 Senate President Wagle announces new committee chairs (12/15/2016) 
   Several key Senate committees will be led by moderate Republicans as Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, announced new chairs for the 2017 legislative session, which starts in less than one month.
 Legislative Post Audit report on K-12 Federal Funds (12/8/2016) 
   After a request by Chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, the Legislative Post Audit office delivered its performance audit to the committee on Wednesday.
 KASB webinar at 12:30 p.m. today on new legislative leadership, school finance (12/7/2016) 
   KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review the legislative leadership elections, KASB legislative policies and school finance recommendations and revenue proposals from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth.
 From the schoolhouse to the Statehouse, many incoming freshmen have education backgrounds (11/11/2016) 
   The first day of the 2017 legislative session may look more like the first day of school.
 Kansas marches to moderation; KASB urges school advocates to reach out to legislators (11/9/2016) 
   Conservative Republicans have likely lost their majorities in the Kansas Legislature and voters kept intact a Kansas Supreme Court that has ruled in favor of increased school funding.
 Election results webinar at 12:30 p.m. today; Friday webinar on revenue (11/9/2016) 
   KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today on the General Election results and what they may mean for public schools in the upcoming 2017 legislative session.
 Voting is part of Put Students First (11/4/2016) 
   One way to Put Students First is to vote.
 Put Students First, elections anchor latest School Board Review (11/1/2016) 
   A look at the upcoming election and how-to guide on this week’s “Put Students First” effort anchor the latest edition of School Board Review.
 Election deadlines approaching (11/1/2016) 
   Some important election deadlines are creeping up on Kansas voters.
 #KSPutStudentsFirst is Monday through Friday (10/28/2016) 
   When Gov. Sam Brownback invited the public to provide input on what the next school finance plan should be like, KASB and other education advocates saw this as an opportunity to bring together the ideas needed to produce a world-class school finance
 Former Gov. Carlin, budget experts, others featured at KASB School Finance & Advocacy workshop Wedne (10/14/2016) 
   Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin and state budget and tax experts will be among the featured speakers at the KASB School Finance & Advocacy workshop on Wednesday.
 2016 General Election Endorsements (10/14/2016) 
   KASB has posted an interactive election tool on its website that shows which candidates have and have not been endorsed by major groups involved in the debate over education in Kansas. Here is the link.
 State revenue again falls below projections (10/3/2016) 
   Kansas revenue receipts fell nearly $45 million below estimates for September, adding to the state’s budget woes.
 The importance of Kansas Supreme Court retention elections (9/28/2016) 
   Will Gov. Sam Brownback have an opportunity to remake the Kansas Supreme Court?
 What does Kansas student achievement say about school funding adequacy? (9/23/2016) 
   During oral arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court, the State of Kansas argued that current school funding is constitutionally suitable because Kansas students and schools do so well - and cited research from the Kansas Association of School Board
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