President's Perspective

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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November issue of KASB’s School Board Review is online

The November issue of School Board Review, which highlights KASB’s 100th Celebration, is online and will soon be in your mailboxes.  The issue covers landmark legal decisions on education, including a column by KASB Executive Director John Heim on the Brown v. Board decision that desegregated public schools.  The issue also looks at student fees, provides an update on KASB Board actions, school finance and numerous other issues facing K-12 education in Kansas.  In addition, the issue focuses on KASB’s 100th annual conference that will be held Dec. 1-3 in Wichita. We hope you enjoy School Board Review and please submit any...

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SBR President’s Perspective: Choice abundant in public schools

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 “School choice” has become a buzzword for discussing private schools, charters and voucher programs that allow public dollars to follow students to private schools. Support for this “choice” centers around options for alternative/varied programs and resources. Yet, those of us who work, support or utilize public schools realize that choice is abundant in our local public schools. We only have to look at our own districts to see the choices offered from Pre-K-12. My home district, at the high school level, offers a Health Pathway (CNA), Family & Community Services, A/V Communications, Construction & Design, Engineering,...

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SBR President’s Perspective: The Kansas vision: It’s up to us

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 During the 2017 Legislative Session, a new majority in the Kansas Legislature passed a tax plan to help Kansas get back on sound financial footing and fund basic responsibilities, including public schools. Republicans and Democrats joined in a bi-partisan effort to correct effects of earlier tax cuts and tax shifts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback that had drained reserves, hurt services and put the state budget in danger. In less than a year, many of the legislators who voted for the new investment in public schools and taxes will be challenged in primary elections by people...

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