A resolution congratulating KASB for 100 years of serving the educational interests of Kansas will be before the Legislature on Tuesday. Both the House and Senate are scheduled to take up the resolution honoring KASB, a non-profit organization that serves the governing boards of school districts, community colleges, vocation-technical schools, cooperatives, interlocks and regional service centers. KASB officials will be on hand during consideration of the resolution.
The regular session of the Kansas Legislature has made a good start on addressing funding for Kansas public schools. But there is a great deal of important work that must be completed when Legislators return for the wrap-up session on May 1 to help more Kansas students prepare for success. That was the consensus of directors of the Kansas Association of School Boards meeting in Olathe this past weekend, and it’s a message they want local school leaders and supporters to share with their Senators and Representatives over the next three weeks. Here are the positives: after months of study and [...]
The KASB board of directors believes the school finance plan developed by a bi-partisan group of the House K-12 Education Budget Committee represents a good start on school funding. “The plan developed by the House committee is not just a replacement for the block grant system or a minimal response to the Kansas Supreme Court. It could be a historic legacy for this Legislature and governor. The Legislature should approve it, accelerate it, and fund it,” KASB stated. Here is a link to the full statement. The proposal includes accountability tied to the State Board of Education’s Kansans Can goals, maintains [...]
Kansas has long been recognized as a national leader in education. Compared with other states, Kansas public schools have high levels of student success for relatively low levels of spending. Of course, part of being a leader is pushing the envelope and sometimes the envelope pushes back when mistakes are made. We have had those moments as well. The Kansas Association of School Boards celebrates its 100th year of service this year, but one only has to go back about a decade to see that Kansas was ahead of its time with a decision that did not work out as [...]
KASB’s Risk Management Division continues evolving to help school districts reduce their risks and maximize their dollars so they can provide more funding in the classroom. In 2016, KASB Risk Management re-branded, changing its name from Insurance Services, and also changed the way it marketed products. In addition, KASB Risk Management added a new service — health consulting to help members better manage health care costs. The division also offers workers compensation insurance, property and casualty insurance, student accident insurance, a natural gas consortium called KJUMP and Section 125 & voluntary insurances. Most recently, KASB Risk Management created the position of Customer [...]
KASB testified in support of raising the state income tax rates and continuing and possibly raising the statewide mill levy to help fund K-12 education before the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee Tuesday. SB 192 would increase individual income tax rates, add a third bracket and repeal future rate reductions. It is somewhat similar to HB 2178, which was vetoed by Governor Brownback, and estimated to raise $578.5 million in FY 2018 and $440.5 million in FY 2019. KASB testified in support of the bill, although it indicated that the revenue would not cover the entire budget problems of the state. The Kansas Center for Economic Growth testified as neutral because the [...]
The Kansas Supreme Court will issue its decision on the Gannon school finance case at approximately 11 a.m. today and KASB will conduct a webinar on the ruling at 4 p.m. today. To join the webinar please go to https://kasb.adobeconnect.com/e7lpk03mtq3/event/login.html . If you have participated before, look for the blue text stating “If you have registered with us before, please click here.” You will be taken to a new page. For those who cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be archived at kasb.org/legiswebinars. KASB's Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, and KASB attorney Lori Church will provide analysis [...]