Live interview today on federal funds, ESSA, Medicaid

KASB will conduct a live interview about federal funds and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at 1 p.m. today and offer an update on the latest Congressional attempt at healthcare reform and its possible impact Kansas schools. 

You can view the presentation live, and ask questions, at www.youtube.com/user/KASBVideo/live. (To ask questions, you may need to sign in with a gmail or google account.) Find a pdf of the powerpoint for today’s interview at: https://kasb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/KSDEAnalysisTitleFundsESSA.pdf

KSDE’s Dean Zajic and Doug Boline will summarize the federal programs and funding that flow to Kansas under ESSA, discuss updates to KSDE’s foster program directory and student record exchange procedures and note areas where Kansas schools could access additional federal money.   

Tate Toedman will recap the department’s ESSA implementation plan, which has been submitted for approval by the U.S. Department of Education. You can read KASB’s analysis of the plan here. 

KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter will brief viewers on the U.S. Senate’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” Senators Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) have introduced a bill that among other provisions places an annual per-capita limit on Medicaid reimbursements to states. 

Kansas schools routinely use Medicaid reimbursements to help pay for school-based services like speech, physical and occupational therapy required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and for other in-school medical such as vision and hearing checks. Kansas schools received $46 million in Medicaid reimbursements in calendar year 2015-16. 

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