KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

State Board rejects statewide school delay – What happens next?

To reopen this fall, public schools are working to balance student and staff safety, community needs, quality learning, and help students dealing with additional challenges. Here is where things stand now.  On Wednesday, July 22, the Kansas State Board of Education did not approve Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order that would have delayed the start of K-12 schools until Sept. 8. That means the decision on when schools open this fall will be made by local school boards – unless there is a local public health order that would prohibit them from opening.  After the board vote, Governor Kelly issued a statement asking every school district to delay the start...

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State Board approves budget request for 2021-22 school year

The Kansas State Board of Education has approved a budget request for the 2021-22 school year that would increase K-12 state aid by more than $140 million over the current year, with most of the funding already approved by the Kansas Legislature.   Base Aid for Student Excellence (Base state aid per pupil). This is the largest state aid program and provides the foundation per pupil amount. The Legislature has already approved $3.254 billion in BASE aid for next year, an increase of $98 million over the school year beginning this fall. That would raise BASE aid per pupil from $4,569 to $4,706. BASE aid per pupil is multiplied by weighted...

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Where Kansas school reopening plans stand right now

With less than a month before most Kansas school districts were expecting to welcome back teachers and students for the fall semester, students, families and educators are asking when schools will actually open, what that will really look like and who will decide. Public schools are working to address safety, reflect community needs, ensure quality learning, and help students dealing with additional challenges. Here is what we know – and don’t know – now. Ordinarily, most decisions about school operations are made by local school boards. They make decisions about the school calendar, hiring staff, what courses will be taught and...

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