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Get the latest K-12 information at Advocacy in Action Conference

Discussions on school funding, student trauma, building safety and numerous other state and federal education issues will be highlighted during the Advocacy in Action Conference next week. The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. To register, go here.    Along with expert presentations, the annual conference also gives education leaders from across Kansas the chance to visit with legislators in the Statehouse as the 2019 legislative session gets under way. Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers, a longtime school advocate and former Wichita [...]

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New Lt. Gov. Rogers to speak at Advocacy in Action Conference

Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers will be a special guest speaker at the Advocacy in Action Conference next week in Topeka.  The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. To register, go here.    Rogers, a former state senator, who also served on the Wichita USD 259 school board for 15 years, will speak at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in a conversation with KASB Executive Director John Heim.  Other highlighted speakers include Dr. Marcia Weseman and Susan Pinne, both with the Crittenton [...]

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Experts on trauma-informed schools will lead breakout sessions during Advocacy in Action Conference

Two experts on trauma-informed teaching will lead breakout sessions during the Advocacy in Action Conference this month in Topeka.  The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. To register, go here.   Dr. Marcia Weseman and Susan Pinne, both with the Crittenton Children’s Center at Saint Luke’s Hospital, will offer information on trauma-informed schools on Thursday, Jan. 17. Pinne is director of Trauma Smart at Crittenton Children’s Center and Weseman is a Trauma Smart trainer.  Sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. [...]

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Get the latest information on education issues at the Advocacy in Action Conference set for Jan. 16-17 in Topeka

With school finance at the top of the 2019 legislative session, education advocates can get the latest information on K-12 issues, visit with legislators and hear from state leaders during the Advocacy in Action Conference in Topeka.  The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center. To register, go here.  On Wed. Jan. 16, the conference will include talks from state officials and bus transportation to the Statehouse for meetings with legislators. The conference will also include a watch party as incoming Gov. Laura Kelly [...]

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January is School Board Recognition Month

School board members should be appreciated all year for the important work they do to help students succeed and Kansas thrive. So, January is a great time to celebrate them during School Board Recognition Month. KASB has all the resources necessary to honor these extraordinary people in our communities who volunteer their time to help the next generation of Kansans. Here is the link. Please join us in honoring school board members through resolutions, news releases, social media (use the hashtag #thankboe) and more.

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KASB releases data tools on district budget allocation

How much of your school district’s budget is spent on instruction? How much on other student services like counselors, nurses, libraries and instructional technology? How much on food service and transportation? How much to build and operate school facilities? Based on last year’s final budget data, KASB has created two data tools to easily display how each school district in the state allocated its total funding between 11 budget “functions” – the major categories of school expenditures. You can access this information on the KASB website by hovering over “Research” at the top of the page then clicking on “District Level [...]

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Update on Mental Health Pilot program will be given at KASB School Finance Basics seminar on Dec. 12

Kyle Kessler, the executive director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, has been added to the agenda for KASB’s School Finance Basics seminar on Wed. Dec. 12 to discuss the Mental Health Pilot program established last year.  Last year, the Legislature appropriated $10 million, all from the state general fund, for the first year of a Mental Health Intervention Team pilot program between school districts and community mental health centers for fiscal year 2019, including $7.5 million for the operation of the pilot program and $2.5 million for the one-time purchase of a database.   Upon the certification [...]

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A path to ending Gannon is proposed

Plaintiff districts in the school finance lawsuit have provided a proposed path to end the long running litigation.  John Robb, lead attorney for Schools for Fair Funding, said the Gannon case could end if the Legislature increases K-12 funding by $364 million over the next four years.   That amount represents what the State Board of Education has said is needed to satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court ruling to apply an inflation adjustment to the recently approved phased-in increase of $522 million in school funding.   Robb said the additional funds must be applied to state base aid that goes to all students. [...]

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With higher revenue forecast, legislators review budget issues

Following last Friday’s release of new official revenue estimates, leaders of the Legislature’s budget committees yesterday received a briefing on issues they will face in the 2019 session.  The new estimates project the state general fund will take in $300 million more than expected in the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and result in an ending balance of over $900 million or 12.6 percent.  However, commitments the Legislature has already made could whittle the ending balance down to $308 million dollar by 2021, with expenditures exceeding revenues by the same amount. In addition, state agencies have submitted requests for [...]

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Man who survived suicide attempt will speak about suicide prevention

A man who survived a 2000 suicide attempt after jumping from the Golden Gate bridge will be in Topeka to share his story and try to help people prevent deaths by suicide.  Kevin Hines will be speaking at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th Ave. The event is free and open to the public.  The “Suicide: Talk about it. Save a life,” initiative is sponsored by Family Service and Guidance Center and all five Shawnee County public school districts, Hayden High School and the Shawnee County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The presentation by Hines is underwritten [...]

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