Kansas Legislature

Input sought on KASB Legislative Committee proposals

KASB is seeking input from school board members on its proposed legislative policy positions in preparation for the numerous education issues expected to be debated during the 2020 state legislative session, which starts in January.   The 2019-2020 KASB Legislative Committee has put together a preliminary report that can be accessed here. The report includes proposed language on the education of immigrant students, vaping, epinephrine kits, bullying, harassment, Medicaid expansion and protections for students.  KASB members can comment on the proposals by contacting KASB staff, attending the KASB Fall Regional Roundtable meetings, or both.   At the regional meetings, KASB staff will...

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KASB Regional Roundtable meetings will seek input from local school boards

School board members will have the opportunity at upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings to share information with their peers while also providing valuable input that will guide KASB’s agenda in the 2020 legislative session.  The Fall meetings will be held in Stafford and Hiawatha on Sept. 24; Garden City and Topeka, Sept. 25; Colby and Olathe, Sept. 26; McPherson and Greenbush, Oct. 1 and Beloit and Haysville, Oct. 2. For more information, go to this link.    The meetings are structured in a way to encourage more interaction among board members while providing local advocates the opportunity to discuss issues with KASB...

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SBR: Legislative Committee starts work on policies for 2020 Session

KASB’s Legislative Committee in August started work on policy proposals that will also be discussed at Fall Regional meetings in September and October. The committee will meet again in November to finalize recommendations to the Delegate Assembly at KASB’s annual convention in December in Wichita. The Delegate Assembly will vote on the policy positions that will guide KASB advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session, which starts in January. In discussions, committee members said reducing vaping, expanding Medicaid and special education funding were among the major concerns in their communities. The committee also said it will continue discussions for possible recommendations on...

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September issue of School Board Review is out; focus on vaping

The September issue of the KASB School Board Review focuses on the alarming increase in the use of e-cigarettes by young Kansans and includes articles covering numerous other education issues. The issue, available here online and in the mail to school leaders, also includes columns by KASB President Shannon Kimball and Executive Director John Heim. In addition, Mark Tallman, KASB’s associate executive director of advocacy and communications, provides further analysis of the achievement gap in the second installment of a three-part series. SBR also includes coverage of KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Committee; KASB Annual Survey data;...

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At KASB workshop, national school board advocate reports on funding, special education battles in D.C.

The head of NSBA’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. said Thursday there is bipartisan support in Congress to phase in fully funding special education at the federal level but that education funding in general has been caught in some political tangles. Chip Slaven, the chief advocacy officer for the National School Boards Association, was in Kansas this week, speaking at KASB-held events in Topeka, Dodge City and Salina. A portion of each session was devoted to discussing efforts in Congress to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When first enacted in the 1970s, Congress promised to...

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Upcoming KASB workshops on safety, legal training

Helping students stay safe and healthy and succeed will be a big part of upcoming KASB workshops.  For more information on KASB learning opportunities, go here and click on upcoming events. Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for operations and leadership services at KASB, will conduct three sessions on making schools safer: “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools.” These meetings are Tue. Sept. 10 in McPherson; Wed. Sept. 11, Colby and Thur. Sept. 12, Olathe. During these sessions, board members will discuss what measures schools are taking and should be taking to keep their schools safe.  Weseman will...

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Numerous education issues tackled at KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Comp meetings

School board leaders from across Kansas tackled numerous education issues Saturday during the KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees meetings.  The Board of Directors was joined by the Legislative Committee for an advocacy and communications update and discussion of anticipated topics for the 2020 legislative session. The Legislative Committee then met separately to start work on KASB’s advocacy positions.  The balance of the Board of Directors meeting included reports from staff on results from the Summer 2019 Regional Roundtable discussions, the agenda for upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings and a review of the new KASB Pathways and...

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Early childhood advocates present preliminary report

Kansas families face numerous gaps and inequitable access to early childhood services, according to a needs assessment released Friday. “Where you live makes a difference for better or worse for a wide range of services for your family,” said Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. She said “geography” within the state and within local communities was often a major factor in early childhood services. She added, “We are seeing incredible stress placed on families because of the lack of child care.” Through a federal planning grant, the state conducted 53 public meetings across Kansas this spring and summer to...

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Tell your story at the 2019 Annual Conference Breakout Session Proposals

Today is the deadline for proposals to present at the 2019 KASB Annual Conference. The 60-minute presentations will be given on Saturday, December 7 in Wichita, Presenting at the KASB Annual Conference is a great way to tell your story. We know all districts are working on innovative ways to improve student success from pre-K to post graduation in addition to addressing the challenging social and emotional needs of young people. We encourage KASB member entities to take this opportunity to share best practices, effective strategies that lead to student success, and expand understanding of emerging issues in education. The best presentations honor...

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Upcoming workshops IDEA reauthorization, special education, school safety, student-related legal issues

KASB members have several opportunities coming up in the next few weeks to explore and discuss a number of key topics of interest to board members and district leaders. For registration details and details for each meeting CLICK HERE. IDEA Reauthorization and Special Education Basics August 27, 2019 - Topeka, KASB August 28, 2019 - Dodge City, Boot Hill Museum August 29, 2019 - Salina, Hilton Garden Inn Student Discipline Workshop September 4, 2019 – Garden City, Education Support Center September 5, 2019 - Salina, Hageman Education Center What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools September 10, 2019 - McPherson, The Cedars September 11, 2019...

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