Federal Issues

Federal COVID-19 funds will help early childhood care in Kansas

The recent allocation of federal COVID-19 funds by state leaders will help early childhood care in Kansas, officials said Wednesday. Allocations approved earlier this month by the State Finance Council included $9.9 million in early childhood investments. About $4.8 million will be used to fund seven Child Care Health Consultants — at least one for all public health regions in Kansas. These consultants will help child care facilities prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide COVID emergency kits to children. About $3 million of those funds will be available for an early childhood workforce health fund. This would cover early child care...

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KASB `Lunch & Learn’ board leadership session at noon today to focus on COVID-19 funds, “Kansas School Gating Criteria”

Two important issues for education leaders — the just-released Kansas School Gating Criteria and accessing COVID-19 funds — will be the subject of today’s (Wed. Aug. 12) Board Leadership “Lunch and Learn” forum. The session will be held at noon and is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. There is no registration fee, however, pre-registration is required to receive access to the online sessions via Zoom. Here is a link to register. KASB guest Monica Murnan will provide important information to school leaders on accessing funds distributed by the state to counties for COVID-19 expenses. These...

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KASB Advocacy Update at noon today (Fri. Aug. 7) will focus on SPARK school funding, primary results

Please join us at noon today (Fri. Aug. 7) for a KASB Advocacy Update that will focus on access to federal COVID-related funding for schools and this week’s primary election results and what they may mean for K-12 education. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The session is available to all who receive the KASB News Briefs, including board members, educators, advocates and media. Here is a link to register. During the zoom session, KASB guest Monica Murnan will provide important information to school leaders...

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Officials urge Kansans to be counted in Census

Kansas officials are urging school leaders, counties and cities to help people get counted as soon as possible by the U.S. Census because a political battle is raging about when to stop the once-a-decade count.  An undercount in the Census will mean less federal funding for a wide range of services, which could lead to overcrowded classrooms, inadequate health care and many other service shortages. Here is a link to a toolkit to help educators make sure that all students and their families are counted.  Based on population, Kansas receives approximately $6 billion annually though many different federal programs, such as...

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COVID-related relief funds available for schools; broadband expansion

Federal dollars flowing to Kansas for COVID-19 relief could have a significant impact on K-12 funding but will require action by local education leaders.  Counties have already received $400 million in Round 1 of Kansas’ $1.25 billion in the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).   Counties may spend these funds on a variety of COVID-related expenditures, which may include expenditures by school districts. These allocations are determined at the county level and are at different stages in different counties, so school leaders should consult with their county officials to determine what resources may be still available for school costs.  Last week, the State Finance...

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State health official will provide information today during KASB `Lunch & Learn’ session

KASB’s weekly “Lunch and Learn” meeting at noon today (Wed. Aug. 5) will feature Ashley Goss, the deputy secretary of public health for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, who will provide information on COVID-19 as schools plan re-opening. The online session is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. No registration fee is required, however, pre-registration is required to receive access to the session via Zoom. Here is a link to register. Recently, Goss served as co-chair of the committee that put together the school operations section of the Navigating Change guidelines for re-opening schools...

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KASB online sessions this week focus on school opening, Title IX and advocacy

KASB will be offering three online sessions this week to help education leaders. Wed. Aug. 5 Starting at noon, join us for our weekly “Lunch and Learn” meeting in which we cover timely information and developments to help you plan for the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. No registration fee is required, however, pre-registration is required to received access to the online sessions via Zoom. Here is a link to register. Thur. Aug. 6 Starting at 9 a.m., KASB will conduct "Title IX Sexual Harassment Response" training. The session...

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Senate releases new pandemic response bill with K-12 funding

U.S. Senate Republicans released their latest response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. The bill has an overall price tag of $1 trillion and contains K-12 education funding of about $70 billion, with two-thirds of that only available to school districts that have in-person reopening plans approved by their state’s Governor. The measure must now be reconciled with the $3 trillion HEROES Act passed earlier this summer by the U.S. House, which reflects Democratic Party priorities for pandemic response. KASB is monitoring the Congressional negotiations and will continue to report on what is expected to be a very fluid...

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Major groups make endorsements in primaries

With the political party primaries less than one week away, major organizations that represent a wide variety of interests have endorsed candidates. KASB doesn’t make political endorsements, but provides information on education issues and urges Kansans to vote and participate in the election process. Here is a link to KASB’s Overview of Kansas Public Education Issues. The Republican and Democratic primaries are Tue. Aug. 4. The general election is Tue. Nov. 3. Every seat in the Kansas House and Senate, half of 10 positions on the State Board of Education, all four of Kansas' U.S. Representative positions and one U.S. Senate...

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KASB `Lunch & Learn’ today will focus on school reopening

At noon today (Wed. July 29), KASB will tackle the No. 1 and No. 2 public policy questions on the minds of Kansans — when will school start and how? Please join us for the Zoom forum, which will feature KASB Assistant Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman, KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Gary Sechrist and KASB Attorney Sam Blasi. The Board Leadership session is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. There is no registration fee, however, pre-registration is required to receive access to the online sessions via Zoom. Here is a link to register. School districts...

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