Financing Schools

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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KASB offers `Lunch and Learns’ and Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers

KASB will continue the popular Board Leadership forums this week with its “Lunch and Learns” series at noon Wednesday (July 29) on Zoom. In addition, KASB will conduct Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers during a virtual Thursday session. The “Lunch and Learns” sessions provide relevant and timely information to help K-12 leaders make decisions on re-opening schools and other issues confronting education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wednesday’s discussion will focus on how the pandemic has affected several areas of operations, including setting and revising board policies; approving student and staff handbooks; providing direction to the superintendent; evaluating the superintendent;...

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Get the latest on governor’s executive orders, school reopenings during KASB Advocacy update at noon today

When will schools open? Will Congress approve more K-12 funding? What is the status of state funding? How can we close the homework gap? These questions and others will be discussed at noon today (July 24) during the KASB Advocacy Update. Education leaders are invited to join the KASB Advocacy staff to review recent public school developments on the state and federal level, including Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order on health precautions at schools and her order rejected by the State Board of Education on delaying the start of school. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration...

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Get the latest on governor’s executive orders, school reopenings during KASB Advocacy update at noon Friday

When will schools open? Will Congress approve more K-12 funding? What is the status of state funding? How can we close the homework gap? These questions and others will be discussed at noon Friday during the KASB Advocacy Update. Education leaders are invited to join the KASB Advocacy staff to review recent public school developments on the state and federal level, including Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order on health precautions at schools and her order rejected by the State Board of Education on delaying the start of school. The meeting will be held online via Zoom at noon Friday (July 24). There...

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Urgent `Homework Gap’ Day of Action on Tuesday

Please join KASB, the National School Boards Association and numerous education and civil rights organizations nationwide at 11 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, July 21 for the Homework Gap Day of Action on social media. Members should tag Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Representatives Roger Marshall, Steve Watkins, Sharice Davids and Ron Estes in their social media posts.   The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a long-documented and persistent inequity affecting students who lack adequate broadband internet access. This digital divide, commonly known as the homework gap, impacts millions of students. In Kansas, Census data showed 70,000 students were without reliable...

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Gov. Kelly says she will delay opening of schools until Sept. 9

Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced she will issue executive orders to delay the opening of schools until Sept. 9. Citing record levels of COVID-19 in Kansas, Kelly said it would be too dangerous to open school doors as previously scheduled next month. “I cannot in good conscience open schools when Kansas has numerous hot spots where cases are at an all-time high and continuing to rapidly rise,” Kelly said at a news conference with Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Kansas State Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman. “Putting nearly half a million kids in daily, large...

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State Board of Education accepts guidance on school reopening

The State Board of Education on Wednesday accepted the K-12 reopening guidance but board members said local school boards will be making final decisions on how to start the school year and those choices will be tough. Meanwhile, Gov. Laura Kelly has scheduled a news conference at 3 p.m. today (July 15) with Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman to talk about the upcoming school year. Kelly ordered schools closed in mid-March, which forced schools to switch mostly to online instruction. Please follow KASB on social media for developments...

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Legislative Budget Committee to review governor’s allotment plan

The Legislative Budget Committee will meet Wednesday (July 15) to consider the state budget, including school funding, and COVID-related issues. The one-day meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Here is a link to the agenda and here is a link to listen to the meeting and here is a link to watch the meeting. The committee, made up of leading House and Senate budget members, will include a discussion of Gov. Laura Kelly’s allotment plan to reduce spending to address a dramatic revenue shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous agencies are scheduled to testify to the committee, including the...

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