Author - Leah Fliter

House Committee approves federal Fiscal Year 2018 Education budget

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved the Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill for several federal agencies, including the Department of Education. The measure must still be approved by the full House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump. School Choice The measure did not include $1 billion requested by President Donald Trump to promote public and private school choice programs because the proposed Furthering Options for Children to Unlock Success (FOCUS) program is not yet authorized by federal law. School choice programs, often referred to as “vouchers,” usually divert public tax dollars from...

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Henderson urges federal issues action

KASB Past-President Frank Henderson urges Kansas school board members to make time this summer to hone their federal advocacy skills with help from the National School Boards Association and KASB. U.S. Senators and Representatives are set to work in their home districts beginning July 28 and won’t return to Washington, D.C. until September 5. Henderson says now is a perfect time for school leaders to strengthen relationships with elected officials and their staff and to talk about how federal policies effect Kansas students. Henderson, who serves as Vice President of the Seaman USD 345 school district in Shawnee County, is also...

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State Board receives new math standards, postsecondary success metric

The Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday accepted on first review proposed new public school math standards and reviewed the state’s new measure of postsecondary success for K-12 public schools. The 2017 math standards will replace the 2010 standards, which were adopted with little attention but drew significant criticism later because they were aligned with the Common Core standards developed by associations of governors and chief state school officers. KSDE staff said the 2017 math standards were written for Kansans by Kansans and set a rigorous example for the rest of the country. Several board members had questions about various...

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