Financing Schools

Plan floated to replace 10th grade state test with ACT in 11th grade

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson is floating the idea of having all Kansas students take the ACT in 11th grade instead of the state assessments in math and English in 10th grade.  Watson briefed the State Board of Education about the proposal on Tuesday. Several board members had questions about the idea, which has been explored in a number of other states.   Board Chair Kathy Busch asked Watson to provide an update on the issue next month and then possibly bring it to the board in October for some kind of action.  Watson said he would reach out to school superintendents at...

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State and national experts on tap for IDEA workshops

State and national experts on special education advocacy and practice will present at KASB’s IDEA workshops later this month. Click here to register.   The workshops are on Aug. 27 in Topeka; Aug. 28 in Dodge City and Aug. 29 in Salina. Each workshop will feature regional special education experts and KASB General Counsel and Assistant Executive Director of Policy Donna Whiteman. National School Boards Association Chief Advocacy Officer Chip Slaven will join KASB Advocacy staff Leah Fliter and Rob Gilligan and NSBA Western Region Director Frank Henderson of the Seaman USD 345 Board of Education to brief attendees on the...

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Application deadline today for KASB’s new Advanced Advocacy Training Institute

The application deadline for the first KASB Advanced Advocacy Training Institute (AATI) is fast approaching, and interested parties are encouraged to send their completed applications soon.   Designed to put a greater focus on developing a network of public education advocates throughout Kansas, the AATI Program will give participants added skills and training in effectively supporting our K-12 system.    The program begins at the end of August with a training session on federal Issues that will include support from NSBA Chief Lobbyist, Chip Slaven. In October, KASB Prestige Partner Piper Jafray will host a visit to USD 266 Maize where we will...

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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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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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New report rates Kansas system low spending with strong schools

WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked Kansas 20th in the nation in its 2019 report on states with the best and worst school system, and rated Kansas among eight states with “low spending and strong public-school systems.”  Earlier this summer, KASB released its annual Comparing Kansas report, which ranked Kansas 9th based on a weighted average of 15 educational measures of student success, including national reading and math tests, ACT and SAT results, graduation rates and young adult educational attainment.  The WalletHub rankings use a different methodology, including not only “outcomes” like test scores but factors such as class size, teacher...

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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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