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10/22/2019 11:30 AM

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10/23/2019 11:30 AM

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10/24/2019 11:30 AM

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10/28/2019 9:00 AM

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10/30/2019 5:30 PM

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12/6/2019 8:00 AM

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Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying meets this week at Greenbush Education Service Center

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying will hear presentations on social-emotional learning and school safety at its meeting this week. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenbush Education Service Center in Girard. Dr. Pattie Noonan, a professor at the University of Kansas who works on improving student outcomes, and Susan McMahan, a school safety specialist at the Kansas State Department of Education, will speak to the task force. The task force also will receive a presentation on the Kansas Community That Cares Survey, which tracks teen use of harmful substances and other behavioral...

KASB 2019 Annual Conference to feature vaping discussion

KASB’s 2019 Annual Conference will feature an opportunity for attendees to learn about state and federal responses to vaping and K-12 students with members of the Kansas Vaping Task Force.  Preliminary results from the National Institutes of Health’s annual Monitoring the Future Survey were released last week in a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers reported that more than one in nine high school seniors reported vaping daily. And recent reports of severe lung damage and seven deaths nationwide have fueled parent and policymaker alarm over the practice, including the filing of a lawsuit...

Fall Regional Roundtables, legal training workshops this week

In regional roundtable discussions and legal workshops, KASB staff will be on the road this week meeting with education leaders across Kansas to work on issues that will promote student success.  The Fall Regional Roundtable meetings will be held in Stafford on Tuesday; Garden City and Topeka, Wednesday; Colby and Olathe, Thursday; McPherson and Greenbush, Tue. Oct. 1 and Beloit and Haysville, Wed. Oct. 2. Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, go to this link.   Meanwhile, the KASB Legal/Policy Services staff will be providing training on student rights and civil rights issues.   The events, which run from...

State Board considering using ACT as required high school assessment, drop current tests

The Kansas State Board of Education may vote as early as next month to make the ACT a required statewide test for all high school juniors, replacing the current Kansas-developed math, language arts and science tests at 10th grade.  Commissioner Randy Watson has been presenting the proposal to education groups around the state, including the Council of Superintendents meeting in September. He and State Board members are seeking comments from education leaders. Here are some key points about the concept.  What is being considered?  For accountability purposes, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, like the previous No Child Left Behind Act, requires...

State education officials agree to push for free college credit in high school

Kansas public school and higher education leaders Thursday said they would ask the Legislature to approve funding that would allow students to take freshman English at no cost while still in high school and earn three hours of college credit.  The proposal would cost the state approximately $5 million and would be considered the first step toward the goal of offering students 15 hours of free college credit while in high school, officials said.  “This would be huge for our state if we could make this happen,” said Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Shane Bangerter.  The issue was discussed during a joint...

Kansas Board of Regents approves changes to qualified admissions

The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved removing the class rank requirement from the criteria to enter a state university and replacing it with a grade point average (GPA) requirement.  Regents staff said GPA was a more reliable predictor of college readiness than class rank and the current system was confusing and hard to manage.  The move could allow thousands of more high school graduates to be admissible to state universities and affect the pre-college curriculum and graduation requirements at Kansas high schools.   For years, Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State and Wichita State required most entering freshmen...

KASB Legal/Policy Services providing training on student rights, civil rights

Starting today, the KASB Legal/Policy Services staff will be providing training on student rights and civil rights issues.  The events, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are being held in Sublette today; Colby on Thursday; Greenbush on Tuesday and Topeka on Thur. Sept. 26.  The morning sessions will be spent on student rights and the afternoon sessions on handling Office of Civil Rights complaints involving Section 504 issues, including the processes to put in place a preempt to a complaint; how to handle the investigation if a complaint is made and what options exist for resolving an OCR complaint.  Here...

KASB inspirational keynote speaker Chad Foster perseveres over blindness

Despite a rare eye disease, Chad Foster always gave ‘150 percent” effort while growing up in Tennessee.   But that changed early in college when his eyesight completely failed.   “I was very bitter and disappointed in the way things were going,” said Foster, who will deliver the inspirational keynote address at the 2019 Annual KASB Conference on Dec. 8 in Wichita.  But that didn’t last long. Shortly after losing his sight, in the summer of 1998, Foster went to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, Mich. where he spent nearly a month in the guide dog program.  While there, he met people...

New school safety bill to be heard this week in Congress

A Congressional committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a new bill requiring the U.S. Secretary of Education to publish an annual report on school crime and safety that includes data on school shootings.   The House Education and Labor Committee will hear and possibly act on H.R. 4301, “The School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act,” sponsored by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Lucy McBath, D-Ga. and Jahana Hayes, D-Conn. Hayes is a former National Teacher of the Year; McBath lost a son to gun violence, and Gabbard is running for president of the United States. KASB will monitor the hearing.  The annual...

Kansas Board of Regents plan could affect high school requirements

The Kansas Board of Regents is scheduled to vote later Wednesday on a proposed change to the criteria for admission into a state university that could allow thousands of more high school graduates to be admissible and affect the pre-college curriculum and graduation requirements at Kansas high schools.  Currently, Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State and Wichita State require most entering freshmen to have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 or rank in the top third of their graduating class; and to complete a college prep curriculum of 16 specific units, which includes courses in English,...

The Census is important for Kansas schools

By Rob Gilligan  rgilligan@kasb.org  Every 10 years, the federal government through the efforts of the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to accurately count everyone living in the United States. This massive undertaking has taken place every decade since the first count held in 1790 and led by Thomas Jefferson. The information collected through the decennial census provides a wealth of knowledge and information, much of which is used by KASB in developing reports and information for our members.  While there are certainly countless applications of Census data in both academic and commercial research, there are four key functions of the Census that affect...

KASB Annual Conference keynote speaker Tim Hodges has studied schools big and small

Tim Hodges has studied the public school system from the perspective of a student in a one-room schoolhouse to consulting the largest districts in the country.  After years of research work with the Gallup polling firm, Hodges has reached a basic conclusion about what is most important in education. “At the end of the day, it comes down to the relationship between the teacher and the student,” Hodges said.  Hodges will bring that message as the keynote presenter during KASB’s 2019 Annual Conference in Wichita on Dec. 7. His talk will focus on public opinions on public education and addressing the...