Kansas Legislature

KASB opposes DeVos rule on CARES funding for private schools

KASB has filed comments opposing the U.S. Department of Education’s “Interim Final Rule on Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools,” which changes how CARES Act funding is distributed to K-12 private schools. The CARES Act became law in late March. It directs funding for K-12 schools be distributed based on the Title I formula which serves disadvantaged students. Under that formula, if a public-school district provides “equitable services” to a local private school (such as tutoring or access to technology licenses), those services would only be provided to low-income, private school students. The Interim Final Rule, however, may force public...

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Rural Opportunity Tour seeks input on education and broadband

Kansas Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers has announced the dates for the state Office of Rural Opportunity virtual tour beginning in August. Rogers and state agency staff will virtually travel the state to gather rural input on education, broadband, and other issues. KASB members should plan to attend one of the meetings or the statewide virtual meeting on August 22. The virtual meetings will last 90 minutes; you may register for the meetings at this link.

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NSBA urges Senate to beef up K-12 funding in HEALS Act

The National School Boards Association and other leading education advocacy groups on July 30 wrote to U.S. Senate leadership asking the lawmakers to beef up the K-12 funding in that chamber’s newest pandemic response bill. The letter from NSBA, the superintendents’ association and other groups also strongly opposes basing relief funding on whether schools will reopen in-person for the 2020-21 school year. The Senate HEALS (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools) Act appropriates $69.2 billion for K-12 schools, based on a state’s proportion of Title I students. A third of that money would be required to be released to local school districts within two...

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Senate releases new pandemic response bill with K-12 funding

U.S. Senate Republicans released their latest response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. The bill has an overall price tag of $1 trillion and contains K-12 education funding of about $70 billion, with two-thirds of that only available to school districts that have in-person reopening plans approved by their state’s Governor. The measure must now be reconciled with the $3 trillion HEROES Act passed earlier this summer by the U.S. House, which reflects Democratic Party priorities for pandemic response. KASB is monitoring the Congressional negotiations and will continue to report on what is expected to be a very fluid...

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Major groups make endorsements in primaries

With the political party primaries less than one week away, major organizations that represent a wide variety of interests have endorsed candidates. KASB doesn’t make political endorsements, but provides information on education issues and urges Kansans to vote and participate in the election process. Here is a link to KASB’s Overview of Kansas Public Education Issues. The Republican and Democratic primaries are Tue. Aug. 4. The general election is Tue. Nov. 3. Every seat in the Kansas House and Senate, half of 10 positions on the State Board of Education, all four of Kansas' U.S. Representative positions and one U.S. Senate...

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KASB `Lunch & Learn’ today will focus on school reopening

At noon today (Wed. July 29), KASB will tackle the No. 1 and No. 2 public policy questions on the minds of Kansans — when will school start and how? Please join us for the Zoom forum, which will feature KASB Assistant Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman, KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Gary Sechrist and KASB Attorney Sam Blasi. The Board Leadership session is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. There is no registration fee, however, pre-registration is required to receive access to the online sessions via Zoom. Here is a link to register. School districts...

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CDC releases revised guidance for reopening schools

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday evening released guidance for the reopening of school buildings for the 2020-21 school year following the COVID-19 pandemic that closed schools in March. Some aspects of the guidance differ from recommendations released by the CDC last May and come as many Kansas school districts are finalizing their reopening plans.   The “Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020” is posted on KASB’s “Roadmap to Reopening” Resources page on our website.  One change from the CDC’s May recommendations is new guidance on screening students for COVID-19 symptoms.    “Based on the best available evidence at this time, CDC does not currently recommend universal symptom screenings (screening all students...

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Get the latest on governor’s executive orders, school reopenings during KASB Advocacy update at noon today

When will schools open? Will Congress approve more K-12 funding? What is the status of state funding? How can we close the homework gap? These questions and others will be discussed at noon today (July 24) during the KASB Advocacy Update. Education leaders are invited to join the KASB Advocacy staff to review recent public school developments on the state and federal level, including Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order on health precautions at schools and her order rejected by the State Board of Education on delaying the start of school. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration...

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Get the latest on governor’s executive orders, school reopenings during KASB Advocacy update at noon Friday

When will schools open? Will Congress approve more K-12 funding? What is the status of state funding? How can we close the homework gap? These questions and others will be discussed at noon Friday during the KASB Advocacy Update. Education leaders are invited to join the KASB Advocacy staff to review recent public school developments on the state and federal level, including Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order on health precautions at schools and her order rejected by the State Board of Education on delaying the start of school. The meeting will be held online via Zoom at noon Friday (July 24). There...

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State Board of Education rejects Gov. Kelly’s proposal to delay start of schools

The State Board of Education on Wednesday rejected Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order to delay the start of school until Sept. 9. The decision on when to start school is now up to local school districts and Kelly is recommending they start later because of the record surge of COVID-19 cases that Kansas is currently experiencing. "Our decisions must be informed by public health experts not politics. This votes puts our students, faculty, their families and our economy at risk" Kelly said. "I will continue to work with our school districts to ensure the safety and well-being of our children...

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