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KASB Online: Title IX regulations, reopening school buildings

KASB will conduct online workshops on new Title IX regulations and reopening school buildings. The Title IX session will be held at noon Wednesday (July 15), while the Roadmap to Reopening Framework Overview will start at noon Friday (July 17). KASB attorneys will outline new Title IX regulations, focusing on what school districts need to address before the Aug. 14 effective date of the regulations. The regulations cover responding to sexual harassment claims, procedures to follow for investigations, responsibilities and qualifications of those investigating and deciding the outcomes of investigations, and the rights of the parties in a claim. There will...

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State Board of Education to consider school reopening guidance plan

A plan to help districts reopen school buildings will be presented to the State Board of Education on Tuesday. The board will act on the “Navigating Change 2020” guidance document on Wednesday. Districts have been working this spring and summer on reopening schools after switching to mostly online learning in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Navigating Change 2020” is meant to ensure districts reopen buildings safely while providing strong learning environments. More than 1,000 Kansans, including teachers, parents, students, health officials, school board members, and others worked on the set of recommendations. Education leaders have said that because of COVID-19, most...

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KASB Advocacy update at noon today to review numerous K-12 issues

The KASB Advocacy staff will conduct an online session at noon today (Fri. July 10) to review and discuss numerous public school issues facing state education leaders. To register for the meeting, go to this link. Kansas’ school reopening recommendations, Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to avoid K-12 cuts, the state fiscal picture, recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on religious school funding, upcoming primaries and more will be covered during the update. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Let’s walk kindly together as we respond to today’s traumas

As I start this journey as your President of KASB, our country is thrashing about into a mosh pit filled with frenzied citizens. Some are waving their hands peacefully in union with humankind to express solidarity and others are raging with fists pumped ready to fight anyone that gets in their way; filled with anger that cannot be calmed with reason, a mass of humanity, thrown together without a common song. The melody of these voices crying out for justice, peace and equality bring me great sadness and stir my soul into action. I feel compelled to move away...

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Kelly issues Executive Order on foster children and education

Governor Laura Kelly today issued an executive order directing the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Education to prepare an annual report on educational outcomes for children and families.  Here is a link to the executive order, and to the Governor's media release.  The information to be provided is similar to requirements in a bill passed by the 2020 Legislature but vetoed by the Governor. Governor Kelly said she vetoed the bill over concerns about the cost of another provision in the bill that would have a created a new state scholarship program for postsecondary education.  State and local data indicate that children in foster care have...

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Numerous K-12 issues to be reviewed during KASB Advocacy update on Friday

The KASB Advocacy staff will conduct an online session at noon Friday (July 10) to review and discuss numerous public school issues facing state education leaders. Kansas’ school reopening recommendations, Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to avoid K-12 cuts, the state fiscal picture, recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on religious school funding, upcoming primaries and more will be covered during the update. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The advocacy session is available to all who receive...

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June School Board Review: Racism, COVID-19, Student Rights and More

The issues affecting our world are front and center in our classrooms — racism, COVID-19 and the rights of transgender students. The June issue of School Board Review covers all these issues and more.  SBR includes an in-depth look at educational attainment levels by race and courageous conversations started by the Kansas Equity Series. It also chronicles the unprecedented work by education leaders going into reopening schools, follows all the moving pieces on the federal level for K-12 funding assistance and a look into the challenges that transgender students often face.  Newly installed KASB President Lori Blake writes about what it will take on a...

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Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers scheduled

KASB will offer it annual Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers in July. The first session will be held July 23 in Wichita and the second one on July 28 in Dodge City. For more information and to register, go to this link. This training is geared toward principals and teachers who are seeking best practices with the evaluation process to drive professional growth. The morning session will focus on evidence and artifacts seen throughout the evaluation. The afternoon will discuss the evaluation timeline and process. Team trainings can be scheduled for individual districts if needed.

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KASB School Law Workshop set for July 21

The KASB School Law Workshop 2020 will be held both on-site and online on Tue. July 21. The workshop for school attorneys, administrators and board member will cover numerous topics, including the legal implications of school closures during health emergencies, negotiations, board policy updates, IDEA and the relationship between the law and technology in schools. The workshop will be offered onsite at KASB in Topeka (includes lunch) and simulcast via Zoom for those who register to attend the hosted virtual session. A KASB staff member will facilitate the virtual session, which could be limited on the number of participants to accommodate...

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State approves certificates of indebtedness; no school finance cuts in Gov. Kelly’s draft allotment plan; budget fights loom

Kansas’ elected leaders Friday approved a $900 million inter-governmental loan after a fiery discussion that portends deep divisions on solving the state’s budget problems brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Laura Kelly sought approval of the certificates of indebtedness to manage cash flow as the state enters a new fiscal year Wednesday. In a meeting of the State Finance Council, Kelly also unveiled a draft allotment plan to bridge a dramatic revenue decline. That plan focused on some cuts and budget maneuvers but did not touch school finance. On Thursday, Republican legislative leaders on the Finance Council sought to delay approval...

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