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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Mon. Feb. 11

With key legislative deadlines approaching, the bill hopper is hopping and legislative hearings are piling up. On Monday, the Senate Education Committee considered SB 128, which would recalibrate the number of safety drills that schools must have and the House K-12 Education Budget Committee held an informational hearing on Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan. 

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Education bills with hearings Week of Feb. 11

Here is a list of bills coming up, beginning Feb. 11. School leaders and advocates are urged to provide oral or written testimony on issues where they have concerns or information for the committee. Follow KASB communications as more hearings may be added at any time. School safety drills. Senate Education Committee hearing Monday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. on SB 128 - Requiring at least nine safety drills

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Tue. Feb. 5

Tuesday was a busy day for public schools and education-related issues both in Topeka and Manhattan. Legislators worked on the state pension system, K-12 and child welfare while the KASB and USA-Kansas first-ever Women’s Leadership Summit wrapped up with inspiring sessions in Manhattan. KASB President-Elect Shannon Kimball, who serves on the USD 497 Lawrence board of education, kicked off the morning at the Leadership Summit by recounting her journey from Kansas farm girl to young attorney to stay-at-home mom to school board member and local politician. Liberal USD 480 Superintendent Renae Hickert gave a session on managing conflict and its aftermath and [...]

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School leaders needed in Topeka on Wednesday for finance and board meeting hearings; communication with legislators

School leaders wanting a direct voice to their legislators are encouraged to travel to Topeka on Wednesday, Feb. 6, for a pair of hearings and possible action on a major tax bill with implications for the state budget and K-12 funding.  School Finance. The Senate Select Committee on Education Finance has scheduled a hearing on SB 44, which would enact Gov. Laura Kelly’s school funding recommendation, in Room 144-S at 1:30 p.m. KASB believes this proposal has the best chance to resolve the Gannon lawsuit and provide stable, adequate school budgets for the next four years. The bill adds the [...]

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Next phase of Kansans Can School Redesign Project — Apollo — is announced

The Kansas State Department of Education has opened the application period for its newest installment of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. The latest one is called Apollo in keeping with the theme of U.S. space exploration efforts. The first two redesign groups were dubbed Mercury 7 and Gemini I and Gemini II. Under the redesign project, schools are realigned to focus on five outcomes for student success. Those are social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, high school graduation and post-secondary success. Districts selected for the Apollo project may designate one or more elementary and/or secondary school to be redesigned. [...]

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Kansas education leaders to attend NSBA conference that includes focus on IDEA

A contingent of Kansas education leaders will confer with national education leaders next week during NSBA’s Advocacy Institute, which will also feature a keynote address by U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.   The event, running Sunday through Tuesday in Washington D.C., will kick off NSBA’s signature advocacy effort — reauthorization and modernization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Action (IDEA).   The law, enacted in 1975, is the main federal legislation providing funding for special education. Last reauthorized in 2004, the law promised Congress would pay for 40 percent of the excess cost to educate students with disabilities, but appropriations have consistently fallen [...]

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KASB Live at 11:30 a.m. today to review governor’s budget, first week of session

KASB Live will review Gov. Laura Kelly’s school funding proposal and other issues during a webinar at 11:30 a.m today. Here is a link to join the broadcast. In her State of the State address on Wednesday, Kelly called for providing the necessary funding to resolve the Gannon lawsuit. During the first week of the session, bills were introduced to shift the date for school boards to elect officers (Senate Bill 7), make a one-time payment of $115 million to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (SB 9) and reduce taxes (SB 13). These issues and a look forward at what [...]

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Bill would change school board leadership elections

A bill introduced in the Kansas Senate would shift the date for school boards to elect officers and set meetings for the year from July to January, but would also allow boards to defer those actions to a later meeting during the year.  SB 7 was introduced by Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, and referred to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government.  When the Kansas Legislature changed local elections from April to November of odd-numbered years, it provided that school board members would take office on the second Monday of the following January rather than the first of July. [...]

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Welcome legislators to the 2019 session

Dear Legislator:  Welcome to the 2019 legislative session. At KASB, we appreciate your service to our great state and look forward to working with you.  KASB is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving governing boards for school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers.  As you work on school issues, KASB is committed to providing you with the best information on Kansas public schools through advocacy and our News Briefs, School Board Review and on our social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Working together, we hope to provide a culture of collaboration and service, [...]

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