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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 18

KASB on Tuesday testified against SB 410, which would require publication of school district bullying policies and reporting on bullying incidents at each school. KASB opposes bullying and supports efforts to address the issue, but feels the state should follow the recent recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying. Here is a link to KASB's testimony before the Senate Education Committee. Advocates for LGBTQ students and KNEA voiced support of the legislation. The Senate committee also held a hearing on SB 384, which would require the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Department for Children...

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KASB selects 2020 Leadership for Tomorrow class

The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce its Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2020.  Participants are nominated and then chosen through an application process that focuses on individual leadership in Kansas public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  “Every member of this year’s class is already a leader in their local district,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB Executive Director. “Through Leadership for Tomorrow they connect with board members and district leaders in other districts, learning from each other and gathering ideas they can take back home. They will also visit classrooms...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Mon. Feb. 17

KASB opposed a bill before the Senate Education Committee on Monday and will oppose another on Tuesday as committees start moving legislation to the floors of both chambers. SB 353 seeks to “allocate sufficient moneys in a manner reasonably calculated such that all students may achieve the goal” set forth in state statute law, the so-called  “Rose capacities.” KASB supports the concepts of the bill but thinks the legislation makes it appear school officials "are not committed to achieving these capacities simply because we have not reached them." Here is a link to the testimony. The supporter of the bill...

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NSBA Weekly Policy Update: Trump’s budget proposal, hearings to start

Congressional Update   President Trump Submits Fiscal Year 2021 Education Budget Request to Congress  The White House released President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget request this week, including his proposed budget for the Department of Education. The president asked Congress to cut the Department of Education’s total budget by 8.4% and urged legislators to combine 29 Elementary and Secondary Education Act programs – including Title I – into a single funding stream called the “Elementary and Secondary Education for the Disadvantaged Block Grant”.  Under the president’s proposal, the new block grant would receive $19.4 billion, which represents a $4.8 billion cut to...

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Bills with hearings week of Feb. 17

Monday, February 17  8:30 a.m. – S. Commerce, 548-S  Hearing on: SB 366 — Expanding the expedited occupational licensure provisions for military servicemembers and spouses to all license applicants.  Allows military spouses or individuals who have established or intends to establish residency in Kansas to practice their profession if they hold a valid current license, registration or certification in another state if they do not have a criminal record. This would apply to KSDE and 20 other state licensing agencies and boards.  1:30 p.m. – S. Education, 144-S  Hearing on: SB 337 workkeys assessments to students enrolled in nonpublic schools.   Amends KSA 72-5179 to add a...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. Feb. 13

Vaping, vouchers and vaccines were the subject of much discussion Thursday in the Kansas Legislature. Meanwhile, the Senate Assessment and Tax Committee removed school districts from SB 294 before sending the property tax-related bill to the full Senate. In its original form, the legislation would have saddled school districts and other taxing entities with expensive reporting requirements on property tax levies. KASB testified against the bill, noting that school district taxes already are subject to budget limits and public notice and tax protest requirements. The committee agreed. The bill was also amended to remove the tax lid for city and...

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School leaders urged to help make the Census count

In one month, 2020 Census invitations will begin hitting mailboxes across our country and online response will open. Ensuring each Kansan counts holds significance for everyone in Kansas—but especially Kansas schools as the 2020 Census counts affect federal funding for a number of education programs, like school breakfast and lunch programs. These counts affect federal funding for the next 10 years for Kansas schools, communities, and our state. Let’s ensure that #EachKansanCounts. EARLY CHILDHOOD Ensuring that our youngest Kansans, those aged 0 to 5, are counted with their families is essential when it comes to federal early childhood program funding.  An...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 12

Several education proposals were moving through the Legislature on Wednesday, and hearings are scheduled for Thursday on bills opposed by KASB and other public school advocates. The House K-12 Education Budget Committee held a hearing on HB 2526, which would change the law that ties the equalization schedule to the district with the lowest assessed valuation per pupil. That district is always Fort Leavenworth USD 207, which is on a military base with almost no taxable valuation. KASB and several school districts testified in support of the bill. Here is a link to KASB’s testimony. The House Education Committee held a...

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State Board of Education approves computer science standards recommendations

The State Board of Education on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to recommendations that could allow computer science classes fulfill requirements for a core course of math, science or foreign language for graduation. But the board also said it wanted the computer science task force to report back to the board for specifics on implementing its recommendations. Several board members had voiced unease with allowing a computer course to replace a core course without more information. But Chair Kathy Busch said the recommendations represented "a framework to get started." The board's motion was amended to ensure that all decisions on the recommendations would...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 11

Two heavy days of hearings on education bills are on tap Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the House Education Committee held a hearing on HB 2573, which would require students pass an American civics exam in order to graduate. The student could take the test as many times as needed and as early as seventh-grade.  The exam would have 100 questions similar to the questions used for United States citizenship and immigration services.  KASB opposes the bill, saying curriculum should be established by the local board and that students already are required to take three history and government unites to...

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