Author - Scott Rothschild

KASB to conduct pre-session video webinar Thursday

KASB will conduct a live webinar Thursday on school finance, the state budget and education issues likely to dominate the 2018 legislative session, which starts in less than three weeks.  The webinar will start at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and can be viewed at this link. Those who watch the be able to ask questions of KASB staff.  KASB staff will review the week’s developments as key legislators discussed how the Legislature will respond to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in the school finance lawsuit, the state’s revenue picture and other issues. 

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KASB releases four administrator survey annual reports

The KASB Research Department has released four survey annual reports related to School Administrators in Kansas.  They are:  The Superintendent Survey Annual Report, which provides information on salary, benefits, demographics, and contract details for Superintendents in Kansas Public Schools.  The Principals and Assistant Principals Survey Annual Report, which provides information on salary, benefits, demographics, school details, and contract details for Principals and Assistant Principals in Kansas Public Schools.  The Central Office Staff Survey Annual Report, which provides information on salary, benefits, demographics, title, area of responsibility, and contract details for supervisory staff working at the district central offices in...

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Kansas City seeking to prepare students for jobs in global community

As Kansas seeks to redesign schools to prepare more students for the workplace of the future, a massive effort to change the meaning of a high school diploma is already under way in Kansas City USD 500.  The fifth largest district in the state, with nearly 22,000 students, is phasing in a requirement that every high school graduate by 2021 (current ninth-graders) must not only pass traditional course units for a diploma, but also complete one of seven endorsements:  Completion of at least one full year of college (18-30 credit hours).  Completion of an industry-recognized certificate or credential.  A score...

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Special Committee on school finance digs into funding in second meeting

The Kansas Legislature’s Special Committee on a Comprehensive Response to the School Finance Decision on Monday began digging in to how the state — and local school boards — fund Kansas K-12 public schools.  Lawmakers spent time weighing how public education funding impacts and interacts with the overall state budget. The committee also learned that the state would like to have lawmakers’ response to the Gannon school finance case in hand by March 1.   The special committee is charged with exploring legislative options in response to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in the Gannon case that the school funding system is inadequate...

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School finance committee meeting; follow KASB for developments

The special committee working on a response to the school finance court decision is meeting today and Tuesday.  Here is the agenda for the Special Committee on a Comprehensive Response to the School Finance Decision. Go here to listen to the meeting online.  Please follow KASB's Mark Tallman, Leah Fliter, Rob Gilligan and Scott Rothschild on Twitter for updates as well as KASB's Facebook page and News Briefs. The committee is charged with exploring options to give the Legislature in response to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in the Gannon case that the school funding system is inadequate and inequitable. The committee...

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KASB releases information, statement urging Legislature to adequately fund schools

KASB on Friday released a statement and detailed information urging the Legislature to adequately fund schools to help Kansas students and the state economy succeed.  Here is a link to the video news conference. Here and here are links to KASB documents related to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that says the state has failed to adequately and equitably finance schools.  KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy and communications, noted that since 2009, when state K-12 funding has dropped below inflation, student achievement has gotten worse in some measurements.  Tallman said additional funding for schools should not come at the...

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School finance committee to meet Monday and Tuesday to consider response to Gannon

The special committee working on a response to the school finance court decision will spend much of its remaining time next week hearing about state budget problems and constitutional issues.  Here is the agenda for the Special Committee on a Comprehensive Response to the School Finance Decision, which will be meeting Monday and Tuesday. Go here to listen to the meeting online.  The committee is charged with exploring options to give the Legislature in response to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in the Gannon case that the school funding system in inadequate and inequitable. The committee met once earlier this month...

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KASB live video news conference on school finance at 10 a.m. today

KASB will conduct a live video news conference at 10 a.m. today that will focus on school funding, student success and the future of Kansas as policymakers seek to put in place a constitutional K-12 funding system.   The conference can be viewed at this link.   Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy and communications at KASB, will conduct the news conference and will provide data that shows school funding is a critical component of student success and will strengthen families, communities and the state as a whole. Those viewing the conference will have the ability to ask questions. In addition,...

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Mental health advisory council continues its work

The Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council met at KASB on Thursday to continue its work. The 29-member council was established by the State Board of Education to advise on unmet needs in school mental health and coordinate with legislators and stakeholders in efforts to benefit students in social and emotional growth. State Board Vice Chair Kathy Busch serves as chair. The council has been receiving briefings on how existing requirements related to mental health are carried out in schools and Erin’s Law. During the last legislative session, the House approved HB 2048 — a version of Erin’s Law — that...

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Kansas schools hiring counselors, social workers, psychologists

Kansas schools have hired approximately 150-200 more counselors, social workers and school psychologists after the Legislature approved an increase in K-12 funding, State Education Commissioner Randy Watson said. In his report earlier this week to the State Board of Education, Watson also said 800 more at-risk students are being served in pre-school, a 10 percent increase over the last year. Watson said the initiatives by schools coincide with the State Board’s vision of meeting the needs of each student by increasing kindergarten readiness, high school graduation rates and helping students grow emotionally and socially. During the 2017 legislative session, legislators approved an...

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