Conference

KASB Conference evaluations will help 2018 planning

School leaders, please fill out online evaluations of KASB and USA-Kansas programming at the KASB 100th Annual Conference. Your input will help us plan next year’s conference in Overland Park. If you attended the Winter School Law pre-conference session on Friday, Dec. 1, you can find the evaluation form here. The Foundations of Boardsmanship form is here. You can offer input on KSSA Day here. The evaluation form for the full KASB 2017 Annual Conference on Dec. 1,2 and 3, 2017 is online here. Thank you for your assistance as we plan for 2018.  

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KASB resolution calls for funding levels to give all students opportunity to succeed, retain quality teachers

School board members from across Kansas have approved a resolution that calls for an increase in school funding to give all students an opportunity to succeed and retain effective teachers.  The Delegate Assembly of the Kansas Association of School Boards approved the “Reinvest, Redesign, Results” resolution Sunday in a unanimous vote at the association’s annual meeting in Wichita. The resolution is part of KASB’s Legislative Committee Report, which includes KASB’s policies and positions. The resolution states that the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the current school finance system is inadequate gives the Legislature an opportunity to work with local school...

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Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2017 Graduates

Twenty-five education leaders from across Kansas recently completed a year-long leadership development class sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards. KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2017 was chosen last January through a nomination and application process focusing on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement. They were recognized during the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita Dec. 2, 2017. The 2017 KASB Leadership for Tomorrow graduates pictured above include: Front Row L-R Dr. Mike Morrison, Topeka; Bill Rinkenbaugh, Augusta; Angela Handy, De Soto; Tim Winter, Wamego; Scott Wilson, Andover. Second Row L-R James Adams,...

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Shannon Kimball, of Lawrence USD 497 school board, elected President-Elect-Designee of KASB

Shannon Kimball, president of the Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education, was elected Sunday as KASB President-Elect-Designee.  Kimball faced no opposition and was elected unanimously at the KASB Delegate Assembly during the association’s annual convention in Wichita.  “I will work to support and further KASB’s role as the voice of public education in Kansas. This voice continues to be desperately needed,” Kimball said “to counter the false narrative of failing public schools.”  She said KASB must continue to be at the forefront of debates over school finance, tax revenue, quality teachers, and the Kansans Can vision of leading the world in the...

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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 Countdown to Conference: 2010 to Present features more school funding battles, new Kansans Can vision

In the run up to the 100th annual KASB Conference, Friday-Sunday in Wichita, KASB has provided an overview of highlights in Kansas education history. Today’s installment is the final one in the series.  In recent years, public school education has been dominated by more political fights over funding, while education leaders developed a new vision for Kansas schools.  KASB has been in the middle of the action and in May of this year, the Kansas House and Senate approved resolutions commending KASB for its 100 years of service to Kansas public education.  In the Legislature, much of this year was spent dealing...

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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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