President's Perspective

SBR President’s Perspective: Every child deserves first-rate education

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501   CLICK HERE to Download as a pdf Greetings fellow board members. It’s my great honor to serve as president of KASB for this year. I want to thank you all for all that you do to help your districts realize our shared goal of a first-class public education for all students, and for your commitment to our association. I especially want to thank immediate past-president Dayna Miller, who has led with grace dignity in trying situations.   Education is a "kitchen table" issue in my house, as my children attend school in my district, where my [...]

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SBR President’s Perspective: Cherishing my year as president

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 KASB has celebrated 100 years of service throughout this year. What an amazing year to be President of KASB. As my term comes to an end, I will cherish the moments when I worked with past KASB Board Presidents to help celebrate this milestone. CLICK HERE to Download as a pdf I enjoyed learning more about the history of education in Kansas and how school boards and KASB have been instrumental. I enjoyed visiting with past board members and Presidents and hearing their stories of struggle and accomplishments along the way. We hosted a Western Regional meeting [...]

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SBR President’s Perspective: KASB is the ‘truth machine’

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 A lot has been going on in Kansas education over the past couple of years at the state level. After the tax cuts of 2012, state revenue repeatedly failed to meet expectations, causing extreme strains on the budget, including for our schools. By 2016, voters had enough and elected a more school-friendly Legislature which repealed most of the tax cuts and increased K-12 funding. CLICK HERE to download the full issue. Now, many of those legislators who took courageous votes on taxes are seeking re-election. They will face an onslaught of criticism from deep-pocket special interests whose [...]

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SBR President’s Perspective: Shout our story from the rooftops

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458   Click Here to Download The Legislature lurched to a contentious end of its regular session and, like many recent legislative sessions, the main argument was over school funding. We, as education advocates, know there is probably nothing more important to fight for than the quality of the education we provide for the next generation. But I’m sure there is a certain amount of weariness felt by some in the general public about these seemingly never-ending, political battles over school funding. For those Kansans who don’t spend the majority of their waking hours in the school finance [...]

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SBR President’s Perspective: Student advocacy a ‘teachable moment’

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Click to Download PDF   The March 14 student walkouts around the nation and in Kansas to protest gun violence happened without any major problems. Students across the country demonstrated peacefully with a message that the status quo is unacceptable. The First Amendment is alive and well for Kansans, both for those who demonstrated and for those who did not. I’m proud of the way young people are focusing their energy on this issue after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. I hope their activism doesn’t stop, because if there is one [...]

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SBR President’s Perspective: KASB seeks partnership with governor

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Click to Download PDF Recently, KASB published a special edition, “New Day for Kansas Education.” I encourage all school board members to pick up a copy or read it on the KASB website. “New Day for Kansas Education,” tells the stories of wonderful things going on in more than 25 school districts that KASB staff visited last year. It also relates the challenges these school face that, I’m sure, will resonate with everyone. Kansas is also experiencing a “new day” in politics with the departure of Gov. Sam Brownback, who became governor in 2011. He left for [...]

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KASB President Miller interviewed on national broadcast about Kansas school funding situation

On a national radio broadcast Monday, KASB President Dayna Miller said she is hopeful that new Gov. Jeff Colyer will work to secure the funds needed to improve public education in Kansas and resolve the school finance litigation.  “We have a good relationship with Gov. Colyer and so we’re hopeful that that means an increase (in funding) and that means support throughout the Legislature,” Miller said during an interview on The Takeaway. Here is a link to the broadcast.   The show highlighted Kansas’ fiscal problems and Colyer’s ascension to the governor’s office after Sam Brownback left to become ambassador at [...]

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KASB Special Edition: New Day for Kansas Education: How schools are using new resources

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Kansas educators have one goal — the success of each student. And with new resources recently provided by the state, Kansas teachers and staff are tending to pent-up needs and preparing for the future.< KASB is proud to tell their stories in a new publication: “New Day for Kansas Education.” The edition is filled with reports based on conversations with school officials in which they talked about their dreams for their students, the challenges they face and the opportunities ahead. What goes on every day in Kansas public schools is special. Here are some examples of [...]

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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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SBR: President’s Perspective: Kansas children have remained the focus throughout KASB’s history

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Fall is such an exciting time of year. There are so many activities in so many areas of my life, important traditions that I look forward to each year. Our district’s BandCats have a competition almost every weekend – a special tradition in my household – and our sports teams and academic teams are competing. Our schools are filled with busy teachers and students, and there are so many new initiatives underway!  Wearing my parent hat, we have attended college football games, parents’ days, concerts and undertaken multiple “I forgot, will you bring…” trips in [...]

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