Author - Scott Rothschild

KASB letter to Sens. Roberts, Moran urges them to protect Kansas schoolchildren in health care proposals

June 28, 2017 Senator Pat Roberts Senator Jerry Moran Dear Senators, The Kansas Association of School Boards strongly urges you protect Kansas schools’ interests as the Senate debates the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). While we are pleased that the Senate will not vote on the measure until after the July 4 recess, we have two serious concerns about its impact on Kansas public schools. Our primary concern is that the Senate bill, through its restructuring of the Medicaid entitlement program, appears to go far beyond repealing and replacing “Obamacare” to directly impact Kansas schools that provide special education services to students...

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KASB thanks Gjerstad for service to Kansas schools

After 24 years of service to Wichita USD 259, Diane Gjerstad announced that the 2017 legislative session would be her last as a public education advocate.  Over the time of her service Diane has proven to be an invaluable colleague and partner with the Kansas Association of School Board's advocacy team as well as countless other advocates for public education. Diane's knowledge of the legislative process, developed during her years as a state representative from Wichita, helped not only her home district of Wichita but also countless other Kansas public schools and students who benefited from her guidance at the...

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Education leaders urged to continue voicing concerns as Senate GOP delays vote on health care bill

Senate Republican leaders Tuesday announced a delay in voting on the health care bill, which gives education leaders more opportunities to let their congressional representatives hear their concerns about proposals that would reduce Medicaid spending, which could impact thousands of Kansas schoolchildren. "It is extremely important that school leaders and education advocates stay alert to fast-moving changes on the federal level on health care, changes that could have a big impact on our schools and students," KASB Executive Director John Heim said. Republicans in the U.S. House have already approved a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and Senate GOP...

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KASB: New day in Kansas education

KASB leaders Monday touted progress on several fronts that will start a new day in Kansas education and thanked Kansans and elected leaders for setting this new path forward. “After years of uncertainty, several initiatives are coming together that will help Kansas students achieve their dreams,” Amy Martin, KASB president and  school board member from Olathe USD 233, said at a news conference attended by media and legislators at the Statehouse. Here is a link to Martin’s statement. The state’s new school finance formula and funding increase go into effect next week. The investment — $200 million in the first year...

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The rise and fall of the one-room school

The one-room school, where one teacher taught children of all ages, holds a special place in the history of rural America, including Kansas. But the fact is, by the early 1900s, the one-room school was on its way out like the horse and buggy. In the decade from 1917-18 to 1927-28, the number of one-teacher schools decreased from 195,397 to 153,306 in the United States, according to a comprehensive study done in 1942 by the Kansas Legislative Research Department. The drop in one-room schools in Kansas was part of this national trend as mechanized farming, among other factors, pushed people into the...

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School budget workshops scheduled

The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) will host its annual school district budget workshops in July. The sessions, featuring Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis and School Finance Director Craig Neuenswander, will take place across the state and will assist board members and their administrators in understanding the impact of the new school finance law on their FY18 budget deliberations. Click here for the workshops announcement and registration information. Budget workshop dates and locations:     9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. July 10 – Garden City........... Garden City (new) High School, 2720 Buffalo Way - Garden City July 12 – Greenbush ............ Southeast Kansas Education Service Center,...

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In Your School Board Review: Summertime and the schools are busy

For schools, there is no summer vacation. Shortly after students flee their classrooms for summer fun, an army of painters, carpenters and other workers swoop in to school buildings across the state to make repairs, renovations and build new facilities. Meanwhile, school districts also are conducting summer school, athletic and band camps and serving meals programs to thousands of students. And administrative work doesn’t end with the final bell. Payroll must be processed, supplies, school materials and food must be ordered, the district budget is prepared and training opportunities and work on curriculum continues. While many students are relaxing during the summer, schools are...

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Urgent action needed to contact Roberts, Moran on newly unveiled Senate health care bill

Education leaders in Kansas are strongly urged to contact U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to express their concerns over a Senate Republican plan to repeal Obamacare that would reduce Medicaid funding to serve students in schools. Opponents of the draft bill said it would be devastating to millions of students across the nation, including Kansas, who receive health care services in school through Medicaid. Like a health care bill adopted by House Republicans, the Senate GOP bill would cap Medicaid payments, forcing states and schools to either make up the difference or limit services. Kansas schools receive approximately $46 million...

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In Your School Board Review: Medicaid, budget bills will impact Kansas schools

KASB members and allies should contact Kansas Members of Congress to urge them to reject proposed federal budget cuts to programs that are important to Kansas schools. President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 includes cuts to Medicaid reimbursements to schools as well as Department of Education cuts that would eliminate $56 million in funds to Kansas education programs and direct additional resources to “school choice” initiatives. Trump’s budget calls for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, including reimbursements for school-based services. The cut assumes that a healthcare bill passed by the U.S. House becomes law. In early May,...

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Districts to receive information on postsecondary success of high school graduates

The number of Kansas high school graduates continuing with postsecondary work significantly trails what is needed to succeed in today’s economy, Kansas Deputy Education Commissioner Brad Neuenswander said Wednesday.  Neuenswander addressed about 25 educators at a breakout session of the 2017 Impact Institutes conducted by the Kansas State Department of Education. The conference, attended by hundreds of educators from across the state, is one of several that will be held this summer focusing on the State Board of Education’s Kansans Can mission of Kansas leading the world in the success of each student.  One of the measures of success under Kansans...

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