KASB Legislative Committee

KASB Legislative Committee finalizes draft report

The KASB Legislative Committee has approved its draft recommendations on legislative policy provisions.  The proposals will now go to the Delegate Assembly for a vote on Sunday, Dec. 8 during the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. Once approved by the Delegate Assembly, the report will guide KASB on issues that arise before the Kansas Legislature and on the federal level.   Here is a link to the draft document. Proposed changes from last year’s resolutions are shown in red.  The draft report includes additional statements on the education of immigrant students, vaping, bullying, Medicaid, federal special education funding and teacher recruitment and...

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KASB Board reviews strategic plan, recognizes outgoing members

The KASB Board of Directors worked through a busy and diverse agenda during its meeting in Topeka on Saturday.  Awards were presented to Board of Director members completing their KASB terms of office in December. Recognized were Past President C. Patrick Woods, Topeka USD 501; Region 15 Vice-President Rick Schier, Olathe USD 233; Region 6 Vice-President Susan Walston, Haysville USD 261 and Region 4 Vice-President Curt Herman, Manhattan USD 383  The KASB Legislative Committee joined the board for the first part of the meeting, hearing a report from Leah Fliter, KASB advocacy and outreach specialist, on potential legislative and policy issues...

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KASB Board of Directors, Legislative Committee meetings Saturday

The KASB Board of Directors on Saturday will conduct its quarterly meeting and the KASB Legislative Committee will finalize its draft report. The board will work on strategic planning, receive an audit and updates from staff and fellow members. The Legislative Committee will review issues and recommended proposals for legislative policy language for 2020. Here is a link to a preliminary report. The recommendations will then be submitted to members for comment and considered for final approval at the KASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 8 in Wichita.

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October issue of KASB School Board Review is available

Articles on education equity, the effect of social media on our students, the school bond environment, KASB’s upcoming annual conference and more are featured in the October issue of School Board Review, which is available online here. This month’s publication includes the final installment of KASB Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman’s analysis of equity in student success. KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about how young people today face challenges their parents didn’t — namely that their exploits are recorded forever in the digital world. KASB’s Rob Gilligan, government relations specialist, analyzes opportunities to reinvest in school...

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Officials from Medicaid expansion states tout program

Education advocates have recently been discussing whether to support Medicaid expansion because of its potential impact on the health of students and their families. On Monday, officials from two Republican-dominated states that have expanded Medicaid told Kansas officials that expansion has helped their states in numerous ways.  The officials from Ohio and Montana spoke to Gov. Laura Kelly’s appointed council that is working on guiding principles for a Medicaid expansion bill for the 2020 legislative session, which starts in January. Kelly, a Democrat, supports expanding Medicaid health care coverage to as many as 150,000 more Kansans, but was thwarted in...

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Fall Regional Roundtables, legal training workshops this week

In regional roundtable discussions and legal workshops, KASB staff will be on the road this week meeting with education leaders across Kansas to work on issues that will promote student success.  The Fall Regional Roundtable meetings will be held in Stafford on Tuesday; Garden City and Topeka, Wednesday; Colby and Olathe, Thursday; McPherson and Greenbush, Tue. Oct. 1 and Beloit and Haysville, Wed. Oct. 2. Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, go to this link.   Meanwhile, the KASB Legal/Policy Services staff will be providing training on student rights and civil rights issues.   The events, which run from...

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Input sought on KASB Legislative Committee proposals

KASB is seeking input from school board members on its proposed legislative policy positions in preparation for the numerous education issues expected to be debated during the 2020 state legislative session, which starts in January.   The 2019-2020 KASB Legislative Committee has put together a preliminary report that can be accessed here. The report includes proposed language on the education of immigrant students, vaping, epinephrine kits, bullying, harassment, Medicaid expansion and protections for students.  KASB members can comment on the proposals by contacting KASB staff, attending the KASB Fall Regional Roundtable meetings, or both.   At the regional meetings, KASB staff will...

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KASB Regional Roundtable meetings will seek input from local school boards

School board members will have the opportunity at upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings to share information with their peers while also providing valuable input that will guide KASB’s agenda in the 2020 legislative session.  The Fall meetings will be held in Stafford and Hiawatha on Sept. 24; Garden City and Topeka, Sept. 25; Colby and Olathe, Sept. 26; McPherson and Greenbush, Oct. 1 and Beloit and Haysville, Oct. 2. For more information, go to this link.    The meetings are structured in a way to encourage more interaction among board members while providing local advocates the opportunity to discuss issues with KASB...

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SBR: Legislative Committee starts work on policies for 2020 Session

KASB’s Legislative Committee in August started work on policy proposals that will also be discussed at Fall Regional meetings in September and October. The committee will meet again in November to finalize recommendations to the Delegate Assembly at KASB’s annual convention in December in Wichita. The Delegate Assembly will vote on the policy positions that will guide KASB advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session, which starts in January. In discussions, committee members said reducing vaping, expanding Medicaid and special education funding were among the major concerns in their communities. The committee also said it will continue discussions for possible recommendations on...

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September issue of School Board Review is out; focus on vaping

The September issue of the KASB School Board Review focuses on the alarming increase in the use of e-cigarettes by young Kansans and includes articles covering numerous other education issues. The issue, available here online and in the mail to school leaders, also includes columns by KASB President Shannon Kimball and Executive Director John Heim. In addition, Mark Tallman, KASB’s associate executive director of advocacy and communications, provides further analysis of the achievement gap in the second installment of a three-part series. SBR also includes coverage of KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Committee; KASB Annual Survey data;...

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