Conference

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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President’s Perspective: ‘Keep it simple’ is a winning equation

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 As we head into the holidays, my mind drifts back to the music that I associate with the season. During Christmas, my family would often play music by artists from the Motown Record Label, such as The Temptations, The Jackson 5, etc. We were not alone in our love of Motown. Throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Motown was a virtual hit factory, discovering talent in every corner of the country. Many record labels tried to emulate the Motown success. Legendary music executive and Motown founder, Berry Gordy, had a maxim to which he [...]

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Leaders elected, policies endorsed as KASB 2018 Annual Conference concludes

School board members and administrators from across Kansas elected new leaders, endorsed education policy positions and heard from dozens of experts on how to help students succeed during the KASB 2018 Annual Conference.  The conference, held from Friday through Sunday in Overland Park, was attended by approximately 500 education leaders.   Lori Blake, a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306 school board, was unanimously elected President-Elect Designee by the KASB Delegate Assembly.    “ … I feel a responsibility to give back to an organization that has done so much for me over the last 10 years,” said Blake, whose term as [...]

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A path to ending Gannon is proposed

Plaintiff districts in the school finance lawsuit have provided a proposed path to end the long running litigation.  John Robb, lead attorney for Schools for Fair Funding, said the Gannon case could end if the Legislature increases K-12 funding by $364 million over the next four years.   That amount represents what the State Board of Education has said is needed to satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court ruling to apply an inflation adjustment to the recently approved phased-in increase of $522 million in school funding.   Robb said the additional funds must be applied to state base aid that goes to all students. [...]

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KASB 2018 Annual Conference is under way

Hundreds of education leaders have started arriving in Overland Park for KASB’s 2018 Annual Conference, which continues through Sunday. The event at the Sheraton Hotel and Overland Park Convention Center starts with pre-conference sessions today that include Meeting All Kids Needs school tours, a new Cultural Proficiency Workshop, the Winter School Law Conference, Foundations of Boardsmanship and KSSA Day. Three major speakers will address the conference on Saturday. They include keynoter Garrison Wynn, Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis. Dan Meers, also known as K.C. Wolf, the official mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, will provide the [...]

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National, state school finance experts slated for KASB’s School Finance Conference on Dec. 12

Top national and state school finance experts will be featured during KASB’s School Finance Conference on Wed. Dec. 12.  The conference -- occurring approximately one month before the start of the 2019 Kansas legislative session -- will be held at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. For more information and to register, go to this link.  KASB is also inviting all Kansas Legislators and State Board members to attend, and encourages local school leaders to invite their local lawmakers to participate.  Dr. Bruce Baker, a widely recognized scholar in education finance, will speak about school funding from a national perspective. Baker, a [...]

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Deadline nears for members who want to run for Regional Vice President

Elections will be held for Regional Vice President for KASB Regions 2, 3, and 7 this year on Sun. Dec. 2 during the annual KASB Delegate Assembly.   School board members who wish to run for Regional Vice President should contact one of the Regional Nominating Committee members listed below by Mon. Nov. 26. The nominating committee's responsibility is to provide KASB with the names of board members interested in serving in this position. Candidates must be current members of KASB member-boards of education.   Region 2  Lauren Tice Miller. Shawnee Heights USD 450. lrticemiller@gmail.com, 785.224.7875  Cathy Mcfarlane. Paola USD 368. cateagle@mac.com, 913.244.7040  Karl [...]

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Pre-conference workshops provide education leaders with great opportunities

Before KASB’s 2018 Annual Conference even starts, school leaders will have excellent opportunities to learn and share during five workshops on Fri. Nov. 30.  Pre-conference favorites, such as Meeting All Kids Needs Tours, KASB Winter School Law Workshop and KSSA Day will return.   Finishing off the Foundations of Boardsmanship series is Foundations 2.0 and this year, the pre-conference schedule is joined by a new and exciting offering — the Cultural Proficiency Workshop.  Further details on the pre-conference workshops and registration are here.   The Cultural Proficiency Workshop will focus on creating an environment that supports diversity and all students, staff and families. Presenters will [...]

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Revised Legislative Committee report available

A revised Legislative Committee Final Report to the Delegate Assembly is now available online.  The amended report, which reflects minor, non-substantive corrections, can be found here.  KASB’s Delegate Assembly will vote on the report on Dec. 2 during KASB’s 101st Annual Convention in Overland Park. The approved document will become the KASB Advocacy staff’s policy guideline for its work in Topeka and Washington, D.C.  Proposed amendments to the Legislative Committee Report must be electronically presented to the Committee at least 48 hours prior to the Delegate Assembly. An amendment offered after the deadline requires a two-thirds vote for consideration on the delegate [...]

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Major speakers lined up for KASB 2018 Annual Conference

Four major speakers will address the 2018 KASB Annual Conference Nov. 30-Dec.2 in Overland Park. Keynote Speaker Garrison Wynn will address the conference at 8:45 a.m. Sat. Dec. 1, while Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis will talk at 3:30 p.m. the same day. Dan Meers, who is also known as K.C. Wolf, the official mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, will provide the inspirational keynote at 8 a.m. Sun. Dec. 2. Wynn uses his Fortune 500 business and stand-up comic experiences to deliver a lively presentation on success, embracing change and leadership strategies for educators. He will [...]

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