KASB: New day in Kansas education

KASB leaders Monday touted progress on several fronts that will start a new day in Kansas education and thanked Kansans and elected leaders for setting this new path forward.

“After years of uncertainty, several initiatives are coming together that will help Kansas students achieve their dreams,” Amy Martin, KASB president and  school board member from Olathe USD 233, said at a news conference attended by media and legislators at the Statehouse. Here is a link to Martin’s statement.

The state’s new school finance formula and funding increase go into effect next week. The investment — $200 million in the first year — will help students with greater academic needs and reduce student fees that parents pay. Here is a link to information about the additional funding.

In addition, the Kansas State Board of Education’s Kansans Can vision to lead the world in the success of each student continues this summer with the selection of 14 schools that will pilot the re-design of the way education is delivered in Kansas.

And the state has been implementing a new accountability system to help schools focus on student success.

“After years of being stuck in neutral or worse, Kansas schools can repair the damage from previous cuts and make the necessary investments to help students such as increasing early childhood education, so our kindergarten students are ready, and expanding initiatives like the Reading Roadmap program to make sure young learners don’t fall behind,” Martin said.

The news conference can also be viewed on the KASB Facebook page.

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