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State Board of Education to hear from the field on school reopening plans

As districts start a new school year like none other, the State Board of Education on Tuesday will receive feedback from education leaders on their progress. Here is a link to the State Board's agenda and backup materials. Here is a link to the live webstream of the meeting. Districts statewide are grappling with how to open schools during the COVID-19 pandemic after being shut down in March to slow the spread of the disease. Last month, the State Board approved guidelines — “Navigating Change” — to help schools prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year with on-site, hybrid and...

KASB Advocacy Update at noon tomorrow (Fri. Aug. 7) will focus on SPARK school funding, primary results

Access to federal COVID-related funding for schools and this week’s primary election results and what they may mean for K-12 education will be the focus of the KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Aug. 7). During the zoom session, KASB guest Monica Murnan will provide important information to school leaders on accessing funds distributed by the state to counties for COVID-19 expenses. These funds can be used for K-12 COVID-related expenses too. Murnan is Director of Student Support Services with the Greenbush education service center, which is assisting counties in dealing with the state SPARK Office of Recovery, which recommends...

Primary election report: Conservative shift seen in GOP state House, Senate results

Unofficial election results indicate a conservative shift among state Senate and House Republicans, with a number of moderates losing races. In general, conservative Republicans in the Legislature have sought less state spending, which could include school funding; more support for funding non-public school programs, such as vouchers; more opposition to the policies of Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and more support for constitutional amendments that could limit the judiciary in school funding issues. State Senate  Seven Republican Senators were defeated, although one race is within about 50 votes.  Six were viewed as moderates; all elected four years ago and helped repeal the income...

Officials urge Kansans to be counted in Census

Kansas officials are urging school leaders, counties and cities to help people get counted as soon as possible by the U.S. Census because a political battle is raging about when to stop the once-a-decade count.  An undercount in the Census will mean less federal funding for a wide range of services, which could lead to overcrowded classrooms, inadequate health care and many other service shortages. Here is a link to a toolkit to help educators make sure that all students and their families are counted.  Based on population, Kansas receives approximately $6 billion annually though many different federal programs, such as...

COVID-related relief funds available for schools; broadband expansion

Federal dollars flowing to Kansas for COVID-19 relief could have a significant impact on K-12 funding but will require action by local education leaders.  Counties have already received $400 million in Round 1 of Kansas’ $1.25 billion in the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).   Counties may spend these funds on a variety of COVID-related expenditures, which may include expenditures by school districts. These allocations are determined at the county level and are at different stages in different counties, so school leaders should consult with their county officials to determine what resources may be still available for school costs.  Last week, the State Finance...

Primary elections today; KASB urges voter participation

Kansas voters in the Republican and Democratic primaries today (Tue. Aug. 4) will set the stage for the November general election contests. KASB and other education organizations urge Kansans to vote. KASB does not endorse candidates in political races but does provide information for voters on candidates’ positions and education issues. Here is a link to KASB's "Overview of Kansas Public Education Issues 2020." To find out where you can vote, visit this link on the Kansas Secretary of State's office website. Below are links from organizations that often deal with education issues and have endorsed candidates. KNEA PAC Kansas Chamber PAC Kansas Farm Bureau PAC MainStream...

State health official will provide information today during KASB `Lunch & Learn’ session

KASB’s weekly “Lunch and Learn” meeting at noon today (Wed. Aug. 5) will feature Ashley Goss, the deputy secretary of public health for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, who will provide information on COVID-19 as schools plan re-opening. The online session is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. No registration fee is required, however, pre-registration is required to receive access to the session via Zoom. Here is a link to register. Recently, Goss served as co-chair of the committee that put together the school operations section of the Navigating Change guidelines for re-opening schools...

KASB online sessions this week focus on school opening, Title IX and advocacy

KASB will be offering three online sessions this week to help education leaders. Wed. Aug. 5 Starting at noon, join us for our weekly “Lunch and Learn” meeting in which we cover timely information and developments to help you plan for the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. No registration fee is required, however, pre-registration is required to received access to the online sessions via Zoom. Here is a link to register. Thur. Aug. 6 Starting at 9 a.m., KASB will conduct "Title IX Sexual Harassment Response" training. The session...

KASB opposes DeVos rule on CARES funding for private schools

KASB has filed comments opposing the U.S. Department of Education’s “Interim Final Rule on Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools,” which changes how CARES Act funding is distributed to K-12 private schools. The CARES Act became law in late March. It directs funding for K-12 schools be distributed based on the Title I formula which serves disadvantaged students. Under that formula, if a public-school district provides “equitable services” to a local private school (such as tutoring or access to technology licenses), those services would only be provided to low-income, private school students. The Interim Final Rule, however, may force public...

Rural Opportunity Tour seeks input on education and broadband

Kansas Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers has announced the dates for the state Office of Rural Opportunity virtual tour beginning in August. Rogers and state agency staff will virtually travel the state to gather rural input on education, broadband, and other issues. KASB members should plan to attend one of the meetings or the statewide virtual meeting on August 22. The virtual meetings will last 90 minutes; you may register for the meetings at this link.

NSBA urges Senate to beef up K-12 funding in HEALS Act

The National School Boards Association and other leading education advocacy groups on July 30 wrote to U.S. Senate leadership asking the lawmakers to beef up the K-12 funding in that chamber’s newest pandemic response bill. The letter from NSBA, the superintendents’ association and other groups also strongly opposes basing relief funding on whether schools will reopen in-person for the 2020-21 school year. The Senate HEALS (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools) Act appropriates $69.2 billion for K-12 schools, based on a state’s proportion of Title I students. A third of that money would be required to be released to local school districts within two...

KASB hires director of new Member Engagement Department

Austin Harris said his K-12 education in Tonganoxie helped make him into who he is today and he wants to give back to public education to help students now and in the future. Austin will get the opportunity as KASB’s new Director of Member Engagement. “Education has always been a passion of mine and driven me,” said Austin, who will begin his assignment on Mon. Aug. 3. At 25, Austin already has a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Baker University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Washburn University. For the past three years, he has been the director...