Federal Issues

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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Hot education topics to be discussed at KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings that start this week

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtable meetings begin this week and will provide local education leaders an opportunity to interact with their regional counterparts to discuss hot topics affecting public schools. The meetings will be held in Stafford and Hiawatha on Tuesday; Colby on Thursday; McPherson and Girard, Tue. Aug. 6; Haysville and Topeka, Wed. Aug. 7 and Olathe, Thur. Aug. 8. For more information and to register online go to www.kasb.org and click on the specific event location that you want to attend. Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and last no longer than three hours. Here is a link to a short...

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National school board leader at KASB workshops to improve federal special education law

KASB’s August workshops on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will offer attendees the chance to work with a national expert on K-12 education.  Chip Slaven is the new Chief Advocacy Officer for the National School Boards Association. Slaven will attend each of the workshops, scheduled for Aug. 27-29 in Topeka, Dodge City and Salina, respectively, to meet KASB members and allies and discuss a nationwide effort to modernize and fully fund the federal special education law.   The campaign, entitled, “It’s Time for a Great IDEA!” is designed to help school board members and others acknowledge the 1975 law’s successes...

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KASB’s Gilligan named to Kansas Complete Count Census Committee

KASB’s Rob Gilligan has been appointed by Gov. Laura Kelly to the Kansas Complete Count Committee, which is charged with ensuring Kansas has the highest participation possible in filling out U.S. Census forms next year. Gilligan, of Emporia, is the governmental relations specialist for KASB. KASB urges school officials to get involved in the Census to ensure Kansas receives its fair share of federal dollars, including education funds, through an accurate count. Billions of federal dollars flow to Kansas based on population, through programs such as Title 1, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance, Head Start, infrastructure, transportation, emergency preparedness, disaster relief and...

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Kansas, national school board groups gear up to reduce vaping among students

As Kansas education leaders work on efforts to curb the use of e-cigarettes by students, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has announced its support in Congress of The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019. The bi-partisan measure was recently introduced by U. S. Reps. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., Chris Stewart, R-Utah and Haley Stevens D-Mich. The legislation is vital to helping school districts and local education agencies address the rapid increase of e-cigarette usage in schools, NSBA said. An identical bill has been filed in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah and Tom Udall, D-N.M. The measure clarifies that...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables to feature format designed for discussion on local education issues

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtables, which begin next week, will provide local education leaders an opportunity to interact with their regional counterparts to discuss hot topics affecting public schools. The emphasis of the meetings will be to discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to local school districts while KASB staff will also provide updates on important issues that are likely to dominate state and national politics. KASB Deputy Executive Director Brian Jordan said the new structure of the meetings is meant to encourage more interaction among board members and other education leaders in a more informal setting, while also providing local advocates...

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Have briefs, will travel. KASB Legal/Policy Services department coming to a town near you

KASB’s Legal/Policy Services department will be on the road over the next few weeks and will be happy to visit member districts to offer training or legal updates.  The Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards take place July 30-August 8 across Kansas; the schedule is available here. In addition, KASB attorneys are scheduled to present staff inservices in the first week of August, and Donna Whiteman will represent KASB at the August 5 State Blue Ribbon Task Force in Salina. Members should take advantage of the legal road trip to gain valuable insights for your board and staff.  The KASB Legal Department...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings start soon

KASB is hitting the road again for Summer Regional Roundtables that will give board members and district leaders the opportunity to discuss crucial education issues with their counterparts in area school districts.  Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and last no longer than three hours — providing plenty of time for sharing ideas on the following topics: school safety and security; school redesign and success; the 2020 Census; school funding post-Gannon and the upcoming legislative session; and issues and challenges unique to your district and area of the state.  “We designed these opportunities to build on the value of school board...

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KASB files comments against FCC’s proposed E-Rate cap

KASB has filed comments opposing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to cap the federal E-Rate fund that helps schools and libraries obtain broadband internet services. The association also opposes capping the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Rural Health Fund.  The FCC has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish an overall cap on the USF, which is funded through fees on phone bills, and caps on the subsidiary E-Rate and Rural Health Care programs. The FCC is calling for comments on the proposal, which would would force the four programs funded under USF, including E-Rate, to...

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FCC proposal would force schools and hospitals to compete against each other for funds

KASB opposes a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to cap the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds. Comments on the proposal are due July 15.  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking invites comment on the FCC’s proposal to cap the overall Universal Service Fund (paid for through a surcharge on U.S. telephone bills) as well as the USF’s E-Rate and Rural Health Care subsidiary funds.   “The Commission believes capping the [Universal Service] Fund overall will strike the appropriate balance between ensuring adequate funding for the universal service programs while minimizing the financial burden on ratepayers and providing predictability for program participants,” the...

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