Instruction & Services

Lots of legislative action slated for this week

Many bills may be voted on in committees today as the Turnaround deadline approaches for the 2019 legislative session.  It is important for education advocates to stay up to date on bills in committee and any education bill on the floor of the House and Senate since they could be amended. KASB will provide updates on social media throughout the week.  The flurry of activity is because of the Legislature’s Thursday Turnaround, which is the deadline when all bills from non-exempt committees must be forwarded by their chamber of origin to survive.   Today is the final day for committee meetings and [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Thur. Feb. 21

A bill aimed at establishing financial literacy classes in high school failed to get out of the House Education Committee on Thursday. The committee also held a hearing on HB 2288, creating the Kansas student and educator freedom of religious act and the full House advanced SB 9, which is a $115 million payment to the school group of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Numerous bills were moving as key deadlines neared. Monday is the last day for committees to meet in each chamber prior to Turnaround. The House and Senate will conduct floor action Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday is [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 20

The Statehouse was busy with committee meetings Wednesday with KASB testifying on numerous bills. In House Taxation, KASB voiced opposition to SB 22, the tax cut bill that was approved by the Senate. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate director for advocacy, said the Legislature should first address the Kansas Supreme Court ruling to add an inflation adjustment to school funding before working on tax cuts. “Kansas is falling behind other states in education funding, and therefore investment in its own people,” Tallman said. “Before adopting a major reduction in revenue, KASB urges the Legislature to adopt the inflation adjustment to the school [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 19

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday recommended approval of legislation that would require schools conduct at least nine safety drills. SB 128 would require four fire drills, three crisis drills and two tornado drills. Last year a proviso had been placed in the budget requiring 16 safety drills, including nine crisis or shooter drills. Some schools said that was too many. KASB supported the bill. The committee also approved SB 16, which adds Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas and the Boys and Girls Club to a list of groups that can be funded by school districts with at-risk dollars. KASB testified as [...]

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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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