Kansas Legislature

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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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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Parent-led education groups urge Legislature to provide necessary K-12 funding, leave the constitution alone

Numerous parent-led education groups Tuesday urged the Legislature to provide the necessary K-12 funding to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court order to cover inflation and disregard a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the judiciary from deciding lawsuits challenging school funding adequacy. “It is essential we continue the work we have begun,” said Gail Jamison, president of Goddard Advocates for Public Education and director of Speak Up for Kansas Kids Network. Jamison was joined by Judith Deedy, executive director of Game On for Kansas Schools, and Devin Wilson, legislative chair for the Kansas Parent Teacher Association, at a news conference at...

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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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December tax collections surpass estimates

Kansas tax collections for December exceeded estimates, but were less than December 2017, according to figures released Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Revenue.  The December total represents the last full month of tax collections before legislators convene the 2019 legislative session on Jan. 14.   Revenue figures will be at the center of discussions on school finance as legislators and the governor put together a state budget. In November, state budget experts projected the Kansas state general revenue fund will receive $306 million more in revenue during the fiscal year that ends June 30 than projected last April.  For December, state...

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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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New chairs on House Education committees for 2019 session

House Education Committees that will deal with school funding and other K-12 issues have new chairs and members for the 2019 Legislative Session that starts Jan. 14.   Under committee assignments announced by House leaders, Rep. Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, will chair the K-12 Education Budget Committee with Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater, serving as vice chair and Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, serving as the ranking minority member.  In recent years, the K-12 Education Budget Committee has been the main committee in the Legislature dealing with school finance legislation. It will likely continue in that role as legislators face a deadline from the Kansas Supreme...

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Funeral service set for Sara Jean McGhehey

A funeral service for Sara Jean McGhehey will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 4700 17th St. in Topeka. McGhehey died last week at the age of 94. She was the wife of Dr. Marion McGhehey, who was the first full-time executive director of KASB, serving from 1961 until his death in 1982. A full obituary for Sara Jean McGhehey is here.

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SBR: Preparing for 2019 Legislative Session

Education leaders should reach out to legislators By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org With the close of the 2018 general election season, Kansas school leaders are turning their sights toward the 2019 Legislative Session. A new Governor — Democrat Laura Kelly, who ran on a pledge to be “the education governor” — will have to reach across the aisle to work with a Republican-controlled Legislature whose leaders have not always been friendly to public education. Furthermore, the House of Representatives will welcome 30 new members, roughly one fourth of that body. So, what should school board members and other advocates do to prepare for...

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