Author - Scott Rothschild

KASB Policy Updates available

KASB’s Spring 2019 policy updates are now available.   This set of updates reflects the latest legal developments, including the impact of the 2019 Kansas legislative session on recommended school board policies. Updated and current board policies support you as you work to provide a quality educational program.  “Well-written policy ensures compliance with state and federal law, sets a foundation for fair and efficient school governance, and defines the board’s position and expectations in managing and operating local public schools,” said KASB Senior Attorney Angie Stallbaumer. “KASB’s Legal Department is pleased to offer these policy updates to our members.”   This comprehensive assistance in...

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State Board of Education will take up recommendations aimed at reducing vaping

Alarmed by drastic increases in the use of e-cigarettes by Kansas students, the State Board of Education next week will consider recommendations aimed at curbing vaping among young people. The State Board meets Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12. The e-cigarette issue will be considered Tuesday afternoon. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials. Last month, K-12 and state health officials reported significant increases in the use of e-cigarettes, warned about the health problems and addictive qualities of vaping and said new devices are enabling young people to use e-cigarettes secretively in school and use them with illegal...

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Free energy efficiency webinar

The Kansas Energy Program is offering a free webinar to explain Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), which uses energy savings to pay for the cost of energy efficient equipment and systems over time using a single procurement contract.   The webinar will be from 11 a.m to Noon on Thursday, June 20. It’s designed as a preview to a full-day workshop planned for Fall 2019.   The webinar will cover:   How EPCs can work for you and save energy and money for your facility;  History of Kansas EPC Projects;  Kansas case studies;  Changes to the Kansas Facility Conservation Improvement Program;  Energy Performance Contract Workshop in Fall 2019.  For more details...

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School board members, education advocates urged to attend early childhood meetings

School board members and other education advocates are urged to attend early childhood local meetings this week in Hays, Medicine Lodge, Liberal and Dodge City. The one-hour meetings are designed to gather public input on early childhood services and needs in Kansas. Advocates want to put together a statewide strategic plan to enhance access to children and family services. The one-hour meetings will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Fort Hays State University Memorial Union in Hays and 5:30 p.m. at The Peoples Bank in Medicine Lodge; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Liberal at MacArthur Elementary School; and Thursday...

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Wanted: Dedicated school advocates to run for school board; Filing deadline is Monday

The deadline to run for your local school board is noon Monday. KASB has developed a handy guide on what it takes to be a school board member. Here is a link to that document. KASB President C. Patrick Woods, who is also a member of the Topeka USD 501 board, has said serving on a local school board is the most important elected office a person can fill to serve their community. “ … there is no greater service than that which is rendered on behalf of children, and I can think of no more effective vehicle for such service than...

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Report says better use of federal dollars would help Kansas children and families

Kansas is missing out on billions of dollars in federal funds that could help children and families, according to a new report by Kansas Action for Children.  The report says Kansas ranks 48th among states in the federal share of the state budget and the lost federal funding impacts a wide range of programs that affects thousands of Kansans.  “Furthering Federal Funding to Bolster Outcomes for Kansas Kids” concludes that federal funding used in Kansas “can be strengthened and employed more efficiently to provide greater assistance to children and families.”  Kansas could help low income Kansans with more health care, child care,...

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Next round of early childhood meetings set for Hays, Medicine Lodge, Liberal, Dodge City

Early childhood advocates will conduct community meetings next week in Hays, Medicine Lodge, Liberal and Dodge City. The meetings are designed to gather public input on early childhood services and needs in Kansas. Advocates want to put together a statewide strategic plan to enhance access to children and family services. The one-hour meetings will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Fort Hays State University Memorial Union in Hays and 5:30 p.m. at The Peoples Bank in Medicine Lodge; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Liberal at MacArthur Elementary School; and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Dodge City Library. The early...

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Free summer meals being made available for children 18 and younger

Free meals and snacks for children 18 and younger are being made available throughout Kansas as part of the Summer Food Service Program. No enrollment is necessary. Meal locations are traditionally found in schools, parks, libraries, churches and many other places. To find a nearby site, text the word “Food” and your zip code to 97779. A national texting hotline is available to children and families by texting “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877 to receive information about meal service sites. Here are links for further information https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks and www.kn-eat.org The Kansas State Department of Education has developed a Public Service Announcement...

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Legislature overrides Kelly budget vetoes, sustains tax cut veto

The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday overrode Gov. Laura Kelly’s line-item budget vetoes, which included several education expenditures, but failed to override her veto of a $245 million tax cut.  The votes occurred during a busy final day of the 2019 legislative session. Nine people were removed from the Senate gallery after demonstrating for Medicaid expansion and the Senate approved a motion to bypass the committee process to consider, probably next year, a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Senate consent of justices appointed by the governor to the Kansas Supreme Court. The 28-10 vote on SCR 1610 was fueled by...

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Rural Education Summit set for June 13 at Kansas State University

A conference focused on helping rural school districts thrive is scheduled for June. The Rural Education Summit conducted by Kansas State University College of Education will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 in the Staley School of Leadership Studies Building on the K-State campus. The conference will provide school administrators, faculty, board members and concerned community members opportunities to learn more about addressing the challenges facing rural education and creating education innovations in rural communities. The summit will offer sessions on grant writing, student emotional wellness, professional development and getting students engaged with project-based learning. Three nationally...

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