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Foster Care Committee continues work

In a wide-ranging discussion after two days of testimony, members of the Special Committee on Foster Care spoke about either changes that they would like the committee to recommend to the Legislature or issues they would like to study further. No votes on any specific recommendations were made. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 20-21. State Sen. Ed Berger, R-Hutchinson, said the state needs to address reoccurring issues, such as complaints that foster children are moved too often and their school records often don’t follow them when they enroll in a new school. State Rep. Jarrod Ousley, D-Merriam, said he...

U.S. House approves bill to avert federal shutdown that includes nutrition waiver extension

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to avert a federal government shutdown. The bill includes a provision extending school nutrition waivers supported by KASB through June 2021.   Federal Fiscal Year 2020 closes on September 30 but Congress has not passed all the appropriations bills needed to continue federal programs beyond that date. The “Continuing Resolution” passed by the House on Tuesday keeps the federal government operating through December 11. The vote tally was 359-71 for passage.  Kansas Representatives Sharice Davids and Steve Watkins voted for the bill; Rep. Ron Estes voted no; Rep. Roger Marshall was listed...

Starting Anew: Hesston looked to community partners for additional space

In Hesston USD 460, school leaders heard loud and clear from many community members that when the new school year started they wanted students back in the classroom. But to manage that while observing social distancing and cleaning requirements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was soon apparent more space was needed for the 820 students who attend school in three buildings in the district, which is located about 35 miles north of Wichita. So, districts officials started looking off campus. Now, some Hesston students are attending classes at the Cross Wind Conference Center outside of town. And if the COVID-19 infection...

Kelly applauds school leaders during initial `Women Connecting With Women’

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday applauded female education leaders for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged them to “hang tough” in the face of criticism as the new K-12 year brings numerous changes in school operations because of the virus.  Kelly’s comments came during the first “Women Connecting With Women” workshop, a collaboration of KASB and USA-Kansas that focuses on women in leadership and drew more than 100 people on zoom from across the state.   Kelly said school board members, administrators and teachers are dealing with the worst public health crisis in a century “but you have faced...

School issues before legislative interim committees this week

Several interim legislative committees meeting this week are discussing issues that could have an impact on school districts.  Today and tomorrow (Tue. and Wed. Sept. 22-23), the Special Committee on Foster Care Oversight continues its study of the child welfare system, with presentations Tuesday afternoon on barriers to inter-agency communications in child welfare, including Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis, among others. Sharing education records for children in foster care has been a long-stranding issue. Here is a link to the full agenda.  Today through Thursday (Sept. 22-24), the Special Committee on the Kansas Emergency Management Act meets for presentations and development of...

COVID-19 testing, remote learning capabilities to receive boost

Gov. Laura Kelly and legislative leaders Thursday approved about $290 million in COVID-related spending, including $40 million for child supervision and remote learning. The unanimous decision by the State Finance Council represented the final installment of approximately $1 billion in federal CARES Act funding. In two earlier rounds, $400 million went to counties for COVID-19 expenses and $314 toward statewide priorities, including broadband connectivity and early childhood support. The biggest ticket item in Thursday’s action was $50 million to expand COVID-19 testing. Kelly and others said the expansion is needed to protect the public health and provide a truer assessment of...

Governor’s Education Council forming recommendations to align education and economy

Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday praised the work of the Governor’s Council on Education that continues to put together proposals aimed at better aligning education and workforce needs. After hearing some of the council’s ideas, Kelly said the panel was forming “a really robust plan.” She told council members that some of the recommendations will probably require shifts in resources because additional revenues will be difficult to come up with because of the economic downtown from the COVID-19 pandemic. “If these things are higher priority … we’re going to have to make some very tough decisions, but I think in the long...

FCC announces second round of ERate funding for on-campus connectivity

The Federal Communications Commission has announced an additional round of ERate funding to assist schools with on-campus internet connectivity needs. Applications are due by October 16.  The ERate program is funded by the Universal Service fee on phone bills. The program allows schools and libraries to receive a discount for high-speed broadband internet service. The 2020 funding cycle closed in April, but the FCC said need dictated the new round that closes in October.   “Across the country, students have started a new school year where connectivity is proving to be more critical than ever before, and many schools require additional bandwidth...

KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday will feature State Board Chair Kathy Busch

State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathy Busch will talk about several key K-12 issues during the KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Sept. 18). To register for the meeting, go to this link. Several recent issues before the State Board of Education include the dyslexia timelines, delay of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation process and remote learning logs. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The advocacy session is available to all who receive the KASB News...

Education leaders discuss reopening plans during KASB `Lunch and Learn’

Three different districts with three different school reopening plans shared the same recipe for success — strong school boards, can-do staff and lots of community input. “The community involvement in Hesston has just blown us away,” said Layne Frick, a member of the Hesston USD 460 board. Frick, Hesston Superintendent Ben Proctor, Maize USD 266 Superintendent Chad Higgins and Emporia USD 253 Superintendent Kevin Case shared some of their experiences in reopening schools during KASB’s weekly “Lunch and Learn” zoom session on Wednesday. Hesston, a district with about 820 students 35 miles north of Wichita, decided to bring as many students back...

Schools work on getting free meals to all students during pandemic

As food insecurity grows, K-12 officials are working to ensure every student is fed and the state can benefit from a federal decision that essentially will fund free meals for all students, not just those who traditionally receive free and reduced lunch. “We’re helping them (schools) do that,” said Cheryl Johnson, director of the Child Nutrition and Wellness team at the Kansas State Department of Education. “The schools are being receptive,” Johnson said. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would extend through the end of the calendar year, or until funds remain available from Congress, certain flexibilities in rules...

Starting Anew: Wabaunsee USD 329 reopening promotes safe onsite learning but ready to pivot if necessary

The Wabaunsee USD 329 school district is situated in the Flint Hills just west of Topeka.   The rural district of about 450 students has been relatively lightly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its five schools were able to open as planned in mid-August with nearly all children attending in person. Look beyond the pastoral setting and the smiles of students on the playground, though, and you’ll find USD 329’s reopening was the result of months of intense planning by Board of Education members, administrators, teachers and staff to respond to the continuing uncertainties presented by the pandemic while...