SBR: Send a letter to the future to include in KASB time capsule

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org What message would you like to send to a board of education member in the year 2117? KASB is gathering documents and memorabilia to place in the KASB Time Capsule to be opened 100 years from now. The time capsule was gifted to the association by KASB past presidents and presented at last year’s annual conference as part of KASB’s 100 Years of Service Celebration. The capsule will be sealed during a short ceremony at the 2018 Annual Conference in December, then transported back to KASB headquarters in Topeka where it will be sealed in an acrylic case [...]

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SBR: KASB celebrates 100 years of service

KASB celebrated its centennial anniversary at its annual conference in Wichita by reflecting on its past of service to public education and preparing for a future that promises to be dominated by rapid change. From Friday through Sunday, more than 500 school board members and administrators from across the state attended the event, which offered dozens of educational sessions, leadership training, school visits and more than 100 exhibitors. In the general session keynote address, Matt Beaudreau, a millennial expert from The Center for Generation Kinetics, talked about the characteristics of millennials, who are quickly becoming the largest and most influential demographic [...]

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KASB 100th annual conference starts today

More than 500 school board members and other education officials from across Kansas will meet during KASB’s 100th annual conference, which runs from Friday through Sunday in Wichita.  The conference will feature numerous workshops, training sessions, school tours and vendor exhibits at the Hyatt Regency & Century II Convention Center and Bob Brown Expo Hall.  Keynote speakers on Saturday include Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and Matt Beaudreau, an educator and expert on Millennials.  In addition, dozens of breakout sessions will be held covering a multitude of topics important to education advocates, such as a preview of the 2018 legislative session, building [...]

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KASB Conference Countdown: 2000-09 marked by funding battles, No Child Left Behind

In the run up to the 100th annual KASB Conference, Friday-Sunday in Wichita, KASB will overview highlights of education history. The decade of 2000-09 was marked by intense political battles over K-12 funding that went up to the Kansas Supreme Court and the federal government’s increased reach into local public schools. After several years of paltry funding increases, in 2000, the School Finance Coalition, which included KASB, recommended a $650 million K-12 increase, while a task force appointed by Gov. Bill Graves came up with a recommended $200 million increase. But the Legislature responded in 2001 with only a $70 million [...]

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KASB Countdown to Conference: 1990s highlighted by new school finance formula

In the run up to the 100th annual KASB Conference, Friday-Sunday in Wichita, KASB will overview highlights of education history. The 1990s started with President George H.W. Bush announcing his education goals that he said he hoped would be accomplished by 2000. Those goals were: all children will start school ready to learn; at least 90 percent of students will graduate high school; students will demonstrate competency in English, math, science, history and geography; U.S. students will be first in science and math; all adults will be literate and possess the skills necessary to compete in the global economy and [...]

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KASB Countdown to Conference: 1980s saw changes by some in perception of public education

In the run up to the 100th annual KASB Conference, Friday-Sunday in Wichita, KASB will overview highlights of education history. The 1980s saw major changes in KASB and also changes in the way some viewed public school education. In October, 1981, KASB was part of the first meeting ever in Kansas of the executive and elected leadership of the state’s major education associations, which led to formation of a coalition called the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. The task force worked for years on many education improvements. In 1982, KASB Executive Director Dr. McGhehey died of a heart attack after [...]

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KASB Countdown to Conference: 1970s saw refinement of changes

In the run up to the 100th annual KASB Conference, Dec. 1-3 in Wichita, KASB will overview highlights of education history.  Following a decade of great change in the 1960s, the 1970s saw further refinement of those changes in Kansas education and KASB.  In 1970, Kansas recorded its highest number of public school students — 548,231 — and KASB remodeled its building to add an IBM System 3 computer, which was initially used to disseminate school board policies.  The following year, the school retirement system merged into the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.   In 1972, KASB became incorporated and Dr. Robert Haderlein [...]

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KASB Countdown to Conference: Modern education began in the ’60s

In the run up to the 100th annual KASB Conference, Dec. 1-3 in Wichita, KASB will overview highlights of education history. Much of what public education in Kansas is today, got its start in the 1960s.  Major changes on the national and state level and in KASB occurred during that decade and continue to shape our public schools.  During the 1960s, consolidation hit Kansas like a tsunami, federal court decisions upended the status quo and educational TV and computerization ushered in the modern age of information sharing.   In 1960, Kansas had 2,000 school districts and KASB existed on a budget of $7,500 with only [...]

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SBR: President’s Perspective: Kansas children have remained the focus throughout KASB’s history

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Fall is such an exciting time of year. There are so many activities in so many areas of my life, important traditions that I look forward to each year. Our district’s BandCats have a competition almost every weekend – a special tradition in my household – and our sports teams and academic teams are competing. Our schools are filled with busy teachers and students, and there are so many new initiatives underway!  Wearing my parent hat, we have attended college football games, parents’ days, concerts and undertaken multiple “I forgot, will you bring…” trips in [...]

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November issue of KASB’s School Board Review is online

The November issue of School Board Review, which highlights KASB’s 100th Celebration, is online and will soon be in your mailboxes.  The issue covers landmark legal decisions on education, including a column by KASB Executive Director John Heim on the Brown v. Board decision that desegregated public schools.  The issue also looks at student fees, provides an update on KASB Board actions, school finance and numerous other issues facing K-12 education in Kansas.  In addition, the issue focuses on KASB’s 100th annual conference that will be held Dec. 1-3 in Wichita. We hope you enjoy School Board Review and please submit any [...]

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