KASB Updates

KASB Online: Title IX regulations, reopening school buildings

KASB will conduct online workshops on new Title IX regulations and reopening school buildings. The Title IX session will be held at noon Wednesday (July 15), while the Roadmap to Reopening Framework Overview will start at noon Friday (July 17). KASB attorneys will outline new Title IX regulations, focusing on what school districts need to address before the Aug. 14 effective date of the regulations. The regulations cover responding to sexual harassment claims, procedures to follow for investigations, responsibilities and qualifications of those investigating and deciding the outcomes of investigations, and the rights of the parties in a claim. There will...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Let’s walk kindly together as we respond to today’s traumas

As I start this journey as your President of KASB, our country is thrashing about into a mosh pit filled with frenzied citizens. Some are waving their hands peacefully in union with humankind to express solidarity and others are raging with fists pumped ready to fight anyone that gets in their way; filled with anger that cannot be calmed with reason, a mass of humanity, thrown together without a common song. The melody of these voices crying out for justice, peace and equality bring me great sadness and stir my soul into action. I feel compelled to move away...

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KASB releases video and podcast on Education Issues for the 2020 Election

KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman has prepared a video and podcast on K-12 education issues in preparation for the 2020 primary and general elections.   The presentations run about 15 minutes and are designed to help candidates and education advocates understand issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on schools, the necessity of boosting student achievement, addressing the deep differences in student needs, how schools must change to improve student success, and how we all share responsibility for student well being and accomplishment.   The video is available on KASB’s YouTube channel; you can listen to the podcast here.  The Kansas primary election is August 4 and the General Election is on November 3. Many...

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June School Board Review: Racism, COVID-19, Student Rights and More

The issues affecting our world are front and center in our classrooms — racism, COVID-19 and the rights of transgender students. The June issue of School Board Review covers all these issues and more.  SBR includes an in-depth look at educational attainment levels by race and courageous conversations started by the Kansas Equity Series. It also chronicles the unprecedented work by education leaders going into reopening schools, follows all the moving pieces on the federal level for K-12 funding assistance and a look into the challenges that transgender students often face.  Newly installed KASB President Lori Blake writes about what it will take on a...

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On-site and online, KASB schedules summer Regional Roundtable meetings

In July, KASB will offer on-site and online summer regional roundtables that will focus on student success amid the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of schools after a five-month hiatus.  The sessions will offer education leaders the opportunity to discuss with KASB leaders and each other in small groups ideas to meet the challenges ahead. The discussions will focus on strategies, health and safety issues, funding and district goals.  Leaders will also be able to provide input on legislative topics in the runup to the 2021 legislative session.  To find out more information and to register go to the KASB website here.   Virtual sessions...

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Kansas Equity Series to start with dialogue on race and equity

Five Kansas education leaders will kick off a series of discussions on race, equity and diversity in Kansas education. The Kansas Equity Series: A Dialogue on Race and Equity will be held online at 10 a.m. Tuesday (June 23). The free event will feature Dr. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501; Dr. Reginald Eggleston, superintendent of Geary County USD 475; Dr. Charles Foust, superintendent of Kansas City schools; Frank Henderson, board member Seaman USD 345, former president of KASB and NSBA Secretary-Treasurer and Dr. Anthony Lewis, superintendent of Lawrence USD 497. To register go to this link. The series will be facilitated...

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KASB announces restructuring, staff changes

KASB Executive Director Dr. John Heim has announced a restructuring plan designed to enhance the association’s mission to support a culture of collaboration and service, be a voice for education and provide leadership for student success  Goals of the plan are to improve member engagement, cooperation between and within KASB departments; refocus advocacy, policy and legislative support; and improve staff focus and morale.  The most visible change in KASB structure is the creation of a new membership engagement department, which will separate some current functions from the current Advocacy and Communications Department and add new functions.  Here is a list of personnel...

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KASB sessions this week

From re-opening schools to board leadership to clerks’ business to advocacy, KASB has sessions this week for education leaders. Here are the times and registration links to the online and in-person offerings: Tue. June 16 2 p.m. Clerks/HR/Payroll Support Webinar Pt 9. Wed. June 17 9 a.m. New Clerks and Superintendents, Too! (At the Venue in Hays) Noon Board Leadership Forum 6 p.m. Board Leadership Forum Thur. June 18 9 a.m. New Clerks and Superintendents, Too! (KASB office in Topeka) 1:15  p.m. Preparing for the Opening of School for Boards and Superintendents 5:30 p.m. Preparing for the Opening of School for Boards and Superintendents Fri. June 19 Noon Advocacy Update  

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KASB Board forms group to work on equity in schools

The KASB Board of Directors on Saturday approved forming a committee that will work to ensure equity in Kansas public education. KASB President Shannon Kimball said recent deaths by African-Americans at the hands of police and others and worldwide demonstrations against institutional racism have shown more needs to be done to make education equitable. “We all have felt the impact of everything that has been going on in our country the past several weeks. We just cannot be silent on these issues as an association,” said Kimball, who is a member of the Lawrence USD 497 school board. Board member Frank Henderson,...

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KASB President Kimball named to national group

KASB President Shannon Kimball has been appointed to the board of directors of the National School Boards Action Center, which advocates at the federal level to advance public education. Kimball, an attorney, has served on the Lawrence USD 497 board since 2011, in addition serving on numerous community committees. Kimball grew up in western Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Kansas. She received her law degree at the University of Michigan Law School and has worked with public schools as an attorney in private practice and an education specialist.

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