Safety and Security

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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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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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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House committee starts reviewing child services needs

In her State of the State address last week, Gov. Laura Kelly described child welfare services in Kansas as an emergency crisis and then repeated the names of several children who fell through cracks in the system and died from abuse. “I refuse to forget them,” Kelly said. On Tuesday, the House Children and Seniors Committee started to review the details of a report from the Child Welfare System Task Force that studied the system for 18 months and produced numerous findings and recommendations. Former state Rep. Linda Gallagher, a member of the task force, told the committee, “We have reached a [...]

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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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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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Federal commission releases report on school safety

The Federal Commission on School Safety released its report today. The Commission recommends increasing school safety through intergovernmental cooperation and funding of school safety training and building security measures and increased cooperation and funding to provide school-based mental health services. It recommends schools develop crisis training and media plans to respond to and address school shootings, advocates for emergency and crisis training for law enforcement and applauds efforts to funnel retired law enforcement officers and members of the military into education-related jobs.  Many of the issues and recommendations identified in the report were addressed on the state level by the [...]

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Shutdown would not affect federal education funding

Although a federal government shutdown appears increasingly likely, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fiscal Year 2019 funding will not be affected.  Congressional leaders and President Trump continue to battle over Trump’s desire to pay for a $5 billion proposal by the administration and the Department of Homeland Security to build a wall at the border with Mexico. If the government shuts down, it would impact the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, and Housing & Urban Development. Funding for other agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, was approved prior to the midterm elections.  School Safety   Last [...]

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State Board to consider Innovative Districts, school safety standards

The State Board of Education this week will consider releasing all districts from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts. The board meets Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a link to the meeting agenda and backup documents. The innovative districts have stated that the State Board of Education’s Kansans Can vision focused on student success and school redesign project has addressed obstacles “impeding progress in education.” Six years ago, conservative Republicans pushed through the innovative coalition bill that allowed up to 10 percent of school districts to shed state laws and regulations in exchange for setting higher student achievement goals. One of the main [...]

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