KASB Legislative Committee

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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Numerous education issues tackled at KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Comp meetings

School board leaders from across Kansas tackled numerous education issues Saturday during the KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees meetings.  The Board of Directors was joined by the Legislative Committee for an advocacy and communications update and discussion of anticipated topics for the 2020 legislative session. The Legislative Committee then met separately to start work on KASB’s advocacy positions.  The balance of the Board of Directors meeting included reports from staff on results from the Summer 2019 Regional Roundtable discussions, the agenda for upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings and a review of the new KASB Pathways and...

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KASB Board, Legislative Committee, Workers Comp Board will conduct meetings on Saturday

KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees will hold their quarterly meetings this weekend in Topeka.  The Board of Directors is comprised of four elected officers (president, past-president, president-elect and president-elect designee) and 15 regional vice presidents. Shannon Kimball of Lawrence USD 497 is this year’s President. Past-President C. Patrick Woods of Topeka USD 501 serves as the Legislative Committee Chair. Lori Blake, Southeast of Saline USD 306, is KASB President-Elect.  The regions include 10 geographic areas and five additional regions representing the five member school districts with the largest full-time equivalent enrollment at the time...

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Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying announced by commissioner

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Tuesday announced the formation of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying. Watson said bullying is one of the main issues he hears from parents and educators as he travels around the state visiting schools. “Everywhere I go, parents want to discuss this. There are no easy answers,” Watson said. Twenty-eight percent of students in grades six through 12 say they experience bullying, he said. Watson said bullying now also follows students home because of social media. The task force will be co-chaired by Rick Ginsberg, dean of the University of Kansas School of Education, and James...

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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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KASB Legislative Committee sends policies to Delegate Assembly

KASB’s Legislative Committee met Saturday to approve the proposed 2019 resolutions and policies that will guide the organization’s advocacy efforts in Topeka and Washington, D.C. The Delegate Assembly will vote on the policies on Sun. Dec. 2, the final day of KASB’s 101st Annal Convention in Overland Park. Here is a link to the report. The “One Year State Resolutions” and “Priority Federal Issues” represent positions on current or shorter-term issues that may be addressed or resolved in 2019. The state and federal permanent policies reflect KASB’s long-term policy goals and objectives. Proposed changes from last year’s resolutions are shown in...

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