Instruction & Services

Legislators ask, schools answer: #FundingHelpsStudents

For the first time in eight years, Meade USD 226 will have summer school to help struggling students.  The district of approximately 400 students in southwestern Kansas has also expanded pre-school, improved its ability to address the social and emotional needs of young people and added a Career Academy to help students better prepare for life after graduation.  Meade’s efforts are an example of how public schools across Kansas have used recent increases in K-12 funds from the Legislature to drive student success after years of funding that trailed inflation, causing schools to pullback on many initiatives.  Last week, KASB and USA-Kansas [...]

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Numerous education bills to be heard, voted on this week

It is important for school leaders to try to stay up to date on happenings in the Legislature this week as House and Senate committees will be busy voting on and hearing numerous education bills and schedules could change on a moment’s notice.  On Monday, the Senate Education Committee will consider SB 47, which would create the student opportunity scholarship program. This would grant students who graduate a year early a scholarship equal to 95 percent of base aid that would be paid to the postsecondary institution the student attends. The committee has scheduled final action on the measure Wednesday. [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 12

On Tuesday, KASB testified in favor of Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan — SB 44 — and against HB 2166, which would require high schools offer a course on financial literacy and all students pass the course to graduate.  No committee action was taken on either bill.   KASB’s Associate Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman told the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance that SB 44 provided the funds necessary for student success and a path to ending the long running Gannon lawsuit. Based on questions from committee members, school leaders are urged to contact their legislators and provide information [...]

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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 Legal will conduct Successful Student Discipline workshop Feb. 7

The KASB Legal/Policy Services Department will conduct a Successful Student Discipline workshop on Thur. Feb. 7. The one-day session at the KASB office in Topeka will cover strategies and legal requirements and address threats, social media and other state and national trends surrounding successful student discipline. For more information on the event and to register, go to this link. Donna Whiteman, KASB Attorney, Assistant Executive Director/Legal Services, will provide an overview of student discipline statutes. KASB Attorney Ashley Rohleder will lead a breakout session on Discipline of Special Education Students; KASB Attorney Sam Blasi will lead a discussion on School Consequences for [...]

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Follow KASB for latest education news as 2019 legislative starts Monday

The 2019 legislative session opens Monday with school finance at center stage and political intrigue driving the plot.  KASB will be monitoring each twist and turn of the session, reporting back to education leaders and advocating on behalf of Kansas public school boards.    To get the latest education news, please follow KASB on Twitter, like us on Facebook, open the daily KASB News Briefs email and monthly School Board Review and bookmark our website www.kasb.org. KASB also will be producing a Facebook Live summary of each day’s events in the Statehouse, conducting KASB Live webinars each Friday and dispatching action alerts [...]

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Dyslexia task force puts together set of recommendations

The Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia has put together a set of wide-ranging recommendations aimed at helping educators help students who are struggling in reading.  The proposals, finalized Thursday, will now go to the State Board of Education on Tuesday and then later to House and Senate education committees for review.  A pricetag wasn’t put on the recommendations, but task force members said they would like to keep the group going for the next several years to monitor progress and implementation. The task force tabbed the State Board of Education for putting the proposals into motion with funding approved by the [...]

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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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Dyslexia subcommittee wants training, resources

A subcommittee on dyslexia said the state should fund the training and screening resources necessary to help schools detect students with dyslexia. The subcommittee on Screening and Evaluation Process was finishing up its recommendations on Thursday. The subcommittee, however, didn’t come up with an estimate on how much the training and screening resources would cost. The full Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia will meet Thur. Jan. 10 to wrap up its work before the Jan. 14 startup of the legislative session. The task force recommendations will be forwarded to the Legislature, State Board of Education and incoming Gov. Laura Kelly. State Sen. [...]

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today on special education audit

KASB Live will broadcast at 12:30 p.m. today to review a new state audit on special education in Kansas and discuss other education issues. To join the conversation and view the KASB Live broadcast, please go to this link. Heidi Zimmerman, principal auditor with the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit, will join KASB staff to discuss the audit, which was released Thursday. The audit said the Legislature has underfunded Kansas school districts for special education and also noted that school districts are having difficulty hiring staff because of a lack of availability. Here is a link to the audit.

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