Author - Scott Rothschild

KASB invites you to join us for a conversation

Each summer, members of the KASB staff tour the state as a way to continue conversations from the spring legislative session with our members and partners. This year KASB is ready to change things up a bit by hosting more informal gatherings where we can continue the dialogue on current issues as well as the opportunity in front of us all as we see a "New Day in Kansas Education." You are invited to join us for our first event at 3:30 p.m. Wed. July 12 at the Kanza Café, 2701 SW East Circle Drive South in Topeka. The first KASB Conversation...

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Deadline for 2017 Westar Energy STEM Grants extended to Mon. July 24

The deadline to submit proposals for this year’s Westar Energy STEM grants has been extended to give applicants additional time to complete proposals. Forms are now due to KASB’s Melissa Holder by 5 p.m. Mon. July 24. For more information and the online application, see www.kasb.org/WestarSTEM. Three $3,000 grants to support innovative project-based instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are available from Westar Energy.  This is the fourth year for the grant program, and funds can be used to increase student interest and academic achievement in the STEM disciplines as applied to electrical energy. A focus on increasing the...

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June revenue totals help fiscal year end on positive note

State revenue for June surged $72 million or nearly 13.5 percent ahead of earlier estimates, helping the state end fiscal year 2017 in the black. The state collected $5.8 billion in taxes over the year, which was 1.26 percent more than estimates that had been earlier lowered to reflect a sluggish economy. The 2017 amount also represents a one percent increase in revenue from fiscal year 2016. June saw strong collections in sales and income taxes. “With unemployment at a 16-year low, my hope is that such a robust performance in those major tax sources will continue into the next fiscal...

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Three easy steps (really two) to share Kansas school history with the world

Summer is a time for moving boxes, opening boxes, finding old photographs related to Kansas education and sending them to KASB, right? Seriously, KASB is celebrating its 100th year of service with the motto “Understanding Our Past, Imagining Our Future.” To better understand our past, we are soliciting photographs from education leaders that we will use in displays, on social media and literature and then showcase during our annual conference this December in Wichita. In fact, KASB will soon have a 100th anniversary Facebook page to feature these photos and other events related to our celebration. If you have photographs of schools...

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Plaintiffs, State argue school finance in briefs filed with Kansas Supreme Court

In briefs filed Friday, the State of Kansas says the new school finance act is "a dramatic, positive step for Kansas, its students, and its schools," correcting the constitutional flaws in funding adequacy found by the Supreme Court; and asks the court to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs say the act "significantly underfunds K-12 public education – by all measures;" and ask the court to require almost $900 million for funding over the next two years. The plaintiff school districts also say the new law introduces unconstitutional funding inequities, and ask the court to set a new deadline of Sept....

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In letter, KASB urges Moran, Roberts to protect Medicaid, says changes to program could hurt students’ ability to learn

As the Senate continues working on its health care plan, KASB on Wednesday urged U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to protect the interest of Kansas students and schools and not cut Medicaid. In a letter to the senators, KASB noted that Kansas schools receive $46 million annually through Medicaid reimbursements to help pay for federally-mandated special education services, such as speech, physical and behavioral therapies, to students. Versions of Republican bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, would require states to ration services and local school districts finance services because of caps imposed on...

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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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