KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

Education legislation at Turnaround

The 2020 Kansas Legislature has reached it first major deadline, called “Turnaround,” when most bills are supposed to have been passed by the chamber where they were introduced.  In three weeks, by March 20, bills are supposed to be out of committees in the second house; and passed by the second house by March 25, leaving just over a week for conference committees to iron out differences and the Legislature to take final action on bills before the end of the regular session on April 3.  However, their are numerous exempt bills, exempt committees and ways legislation can be introduced or...

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How are Kansas school districts allocating funds to improve student success?

Why are some measures of student success in Kansas, such as state and national assessment results, flat or even declining, with many groups of students performing much lower than their peers? For most school leaders – at least those active in KASB – the most common answers are, first, eight years of school funding falling behind inflation; and second, growing numbers of harder-to-educate children due to poverty, social and emotional issues, childhood trauma and other factors the school system must address even before teaching begins. But some legislators say a big part of the problem is that school boards and administrators...

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