The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday evening released guidance for the reopening of school buildings for the 2020-21 school year following the COVID-19 pandemic that closed schools in March. Some aspects of the guidance differ from recommendations released by the CDC last May and come as many Kansas school districts are finalizing their reopening plans. The “Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020” is posted on KASB’s “Roadmap to Reopening” Resources page on our website. One change from the CDC’s May recommendations is new guidance on screening students for COVID-19 symptoms. “Based on the best available evidence at this time, CDC does not currently recommend universal symptom screenings (screening all students...
KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman has prepared a video and podcast on K-12 education issues in preparation for the 2020 primary and general elections. The presentations run about 15 minutes and are designed to help candidates and education advocates understand issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on schools, the necessity of boosting student achievement, addressing the deep differences in student needs, how schools must change to improve student success, and how we all share responsibility for student well being and accomplishment. The video is available on KASB’s YouTube channel; you can listen to the podcast here. The Kansas primary election is August 4 and the General Election is on November 3. Many...
HB 2582 - Creating the behavioral health intervention weighting as part of the Kansas school equity and enhancement act. KASB Testimony in House Committee on K-12 Education Budget on February 19, 2020
SB 382 - Amending the capital improvement state aid schedule to exclude U.S.D. No. 207, Fort Leavenworth. KASB Testimony in Senate Committee on Education on February 19, 2020
SB 410 - Requiring publication of school district bullying policies and requiring a report on bullying incidents at each school district attendance center. KASB Testimony in Senate Committee on Education on February 18, 2020
Budget Hearing: Kansas State Department of Education KASB Testimony in House Committee on K-12 Education Budget on February 17, 2020
SB 353 - Requiring the allocation of sufficient school district moneys to improve academic performance of underachieving students. KASB Testimony in Senate Committee on Education on February 17, 2020
HB 2552 - Creating the Kansas reading readiness act. KASB Testimony in House Committee on K-12 Education Budget on February 13, 2020
Agency Budget with the Kansas Department of Education KASB Comments in Senate Education Subcommittee in Ways and Means on February 13, 2020
HB 2563 - Increasing the minimum age to purchase or possess cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21; prohibiting cigarette vending machines and flavored vaping products. KASB Testimony in House Committee on Federal and State Affairs on February 13, 2020