Author - Scott Rothschild

Task force hears numerous ideas to reduce bullying in schools

Focusing on restorative justice, social and emotional health of students and early childhood learning were some of the ideas touted Tuesday to address bullying behavior. Educators and others discussed ways to reduce bullying at the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying, which met in Garden City at Horace Good Middle School. “We’re starting to come together,” said Rick Ginsberg, task force co-chair and dean of the School of Education at Kansas University. The group, charged with making recommendations to the State Board of Education in December, will next meet Aug. 5 in Salina. Several young people from McPherson wrote the task force...

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U.S. Department of Education announces new grant applications for school climate program

Kansas schools working on improving school climate, please take note: the U.S. Department of Education has invited applications for the School Climate Transformation Grant Program. School districts may seek funding for implementing a multi-tiered system of support for improving school climate. The department will prioritize support for certain communities that will benefit from implementation of this system, including rural communities, Tribal communities, and Local Education Agencies that are in Qualified Opportunity Zones. This discretionary grant program has a total of $40 million in estimated available funds, contingent upon the availability of funds and quality of applications. Applications are due by July...

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Derby USD 260 shares 2018 bond election path to success during final KASB BOLD class session

The  path followed by Derby USD 260 to the successful passage of a $114 million bond issue was shared during the closing session for this year’s KASB BOLD class last Friday.  This was the sixth and final session for the 2019 KASB BOLD Class which met June 13 and 14 in Derby.  BOLD, Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. The class includes administrators from KASB members across the state.  Derby’s school bond election...

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KASB Statement on Kansas Supreme Court’s Gannon decision

Today is an historic day in Kansas public school education history. Today’s decision by the Kansas Supreme Court to uphold SB 16 will provide funding certainty for our public schools while also helping ensure the state’s multiyear commitment becomes reality. KASB applauds Gov. Laura Kelly, legislators, the State Board of Education and education advocates who have supported Kansas schools throughout this litigation and school districts that fought tirelessly for the level of K-12 commitment required by the Kansas Constitution. Kansas schools already are redesigning their operations to focus on early education, social-emotional growth, careers and civic engagement and Kansas academic standards are...

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Kansas Supreme Court upholds school finance law; retains jurisdiction

The Kansas Supreme Court today said the Kansas Legislature had “substantially complied” with its order to add an inflation adjustment to the multi-year funding plan approved last year. But the court said it will retain jurisdiction over the Gannon case to ensure the Legislature complies with that plan.  The 2018 Legislature adopted a plan to increase foundational state aid per pupil over a five-year phase-in period designed to restore funding to the 2009 level, adjusted for inflation. In response the court found that method acceptable to provide constitutionally suitable funding but ruled that the Legislature needed to provide additional funding...

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Kansas teens urged to share thoughts on how to stop bullying

Kansas students are being asked to share their thoughts on bullying as the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying Prevention prepares for its second meeting on Tuesday in Garden City. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Horace Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main St. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and there will be a public comment session offered at each regional site meeting. The meetings will include presentations on bullying and bullying statistics and data. Public input can be submitted in writing or presented verbally. Written comments, which will be read during the...

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Gannon decision to be released tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.; KASB Live at 12:30 p.m.

The Kansas Supreme Court tomorrow will issue its decision in the long running Gannon school finance lawsuit. The court sent out a notice that its decision will be released at or shortly after 9:30 a.m. The decision will be available on the court’s recent and published opinions page here. KASB is planning a live webinar at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow to provide analysis of the decision. The State of Kansas has asked the court to accept SB 16, which was approved during the last legislative session, as an adequate response to the court’s previous ruling to add an inflation factor to earlier...

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Final meeting for second KASB BOLD class set for Derby

Graduations aren’t over yet. The second KASB BOLD class will graduate this month after its meeting in Derby on Thursday and Friday. The final session will focus on risk management, employer paid benefits, health insurance and facility project overview from Derby USD 260 Superintendent Heather Bohaty and staff. BOLD, which stands for Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. Six BOLD sessions, led by KASB leadership staff and experts from across Kansas, are held statewide. The...

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Because of increased demand, KASB adds second building secretaries workshop on June 18

Because of increased demand, KASB has added a second workshop for school building secretaries on Tuesday, June 18 in Topeka. There will also be a building secretaries workshop on Thursday, June 20 in Dodge City.  During these half-day sessions, KASB legal staff will provide legal guidance on issues that building secretaries face every day, such as privacy rights, custody rights and student records.   To register for the newly added afternoon meeting for building secretaries on June 18, go here. To register for the June 20 meeting in Dodge City go here.  KASB also is offering training throughout June in numerous other areas,...

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Gov. Kelly calls for early childhood improvements as community listening tours continue

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday kicked off a community meeting in Hays with a call to strengthen programs serving preschool-aged children and their families as a key factor in workforce development and economic growth.  The Hays event was one of a series of engagement meetings being held across the state, beginning in May and continuing into July. This week, additional events are in Liberal today and Dodge City tomorrow. Here is a link to information on additional meetings in June. School leaders, as well as early childhood providers, parents and community leaders are encouraged to attend the one-hour events, which...

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