Author - Scott Rothschild

KASB hosts session on leading change for school redesign teams

Over 250 educators from the “Apollo” school redesign districts received training in the art and science of leading change this week, led by KASB’s leadership services staff.  The Apollo schools are the fourth group approved by the Kansas State Board of Education for the Kansans Can “Moonshot” redesign program, which began with the Mercury 7 districts in 2017. The purpose of the program is to increase student graduation rates, postsecondary education and preparation for adult life through more individualized education that better engages students.  Redesigning schools to improve student success, particularly for students who continue to struggle in the current system,...

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Congress and White House agree to two-year budget deal

Last week, the Senate passed a two-year, $2.7 trillion budget agreement. The measure increases overall spending by $320 billion over the next two years and lifts the debt ceiling until 2021. The deal includes an aggregate $57 billion increase for non-defense programs, including education.The package is expected to be signed by the president. With the new budget deal in place, the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to begin making significant progress on the fiscal year 2020 during September and October. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) will strongly encourage Senate appropriators to follow the House’s lead in approving significant...

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KASB legal team providing inservice training

As the start of the new school year approaches, KASB attorneys are on the road providing training and resources to help education officials. This week, they are leading inservice sessions on principal training, sexual harassment and racial discrimination laws, discipline procedures, administrative training and bullying. Next week, KASB lawyers will be visiting districts to discuss school law, social media, confidentiality and other “hot” topics. The KASB Legal and Policy Services team can keep you informed on new and emerging legal developments and issues that will arise during the school year. Members of KASB can schedule KASB attorneys to provide training to board...

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Anti-bullying task force receives expert testimony

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying met in Salina on Monday to continue gathering data and public input. The task force will make recommendations to the Kansas Legislature in January 2020.  As the task force meets across the state, a new national report offers some insights into the bullying; you can read KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman’s blog about it at this link.  Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson announced the formation of the Task Force in March, citing data that 28 percent of students in grades six through twelve experience bullying. Bullying has also...

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Department of Homeland Security hosts discussion on school security 

The Department of Homeland Security held an initial roundtable discussion last week about the development of a federal clearinghouse to share best practices regarding school security. The clearinghouse was a recommendation from the school safety commission to “assess, identify, and share best practices related to school security measures, technologies, and innovations.” These topics were recently the focus of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. With states like Florida implementing new data systems designed to prevent school violence, NSBA is urging members to be actively involved in state and local discussions about this topic, so that decision-makers...

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August School Board Review with feature on restorative justice is available

The August edition of KASB’s School Board Review features a look at restorative justice, columns by KASB leaders and a profile of KASB’s newest regional board member. The issue is available online here and is already in the mail for those who prefer a print copy. Many school districts are incorporating restorative justice to handle student discipline. KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter takes an-depth look into this method. KASB President Shannon Kimball writes about the oath that school board members take to “faithfully discharge" their duties and KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about the anxiety that some students experience on the...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables continue this week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe

Hot education topics ranging from student safety to school redesign are among those being discussed at KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings that continue this week. Meetings will be held Tuesday in McPherson and Greenbush; Wednesday in Haysville and Topeka and Thursday in Olathe. At meetings last week in Stafford, Hiawatha and Colby, school board members and other leaders discussed challenges and opportunities for the upcoming school year. In addition to student safety and redesign, the topics focused on were legislative priorities, the 2020 Census and local issues. For more information and to register online go to www.kasb.org and click on the specific...

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Grant opportunity for education technology for students with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is taking grant applications for the “Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning” program. The purposes of this program are to: “(1) improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for children with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials...

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August is Breastfeeding Month. KASB has suggested policies for Boards

Gov. Laura Kelly proclaimed August 1-7 as Breastfeeding Week and August as National Breastfeeding Month this morning at the Kansas Statehouse.   The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. is comprised of individuals from a wide variety of organizations, agencies and private businesses that promote breastfeeding in Kansas.     While school boards are not required to have policy language regarding the accommodation of staff who are nursing mothers, federal law requires accommodations to be made in certain circumstances.  KASB’s Legal and Policy staff worked with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition in 2017 to develop policy that local school boards can adopt to assist staff members who...

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KASB Summer Regionals kick off in Hiawatha, Stafford

School leaders in Stafford and Hiawatha met Wednesday to discuss major education issues and how to improve Kansas public schools as the KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings kicked off. The next meeting is set for Thursday in Colby with meetings scheduled next week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe. Board members and district leaders discussed challenges and opportunities in schools after KASB provided focus topics that included school safety, school redesign, the 2020 Census, upcoming legislative session and local issues. In Hiawatha, board members and superintendents from the Atchison, Hiawatha, Sabetha, Marysville and Washington school districts said they worry that the...

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