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Kansas school finance system back in court

KASB will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of oral arguments Thursday in the Gannon school finance case before the Kansas Supreme Court. Follow KASB on Twitter for developments during the arguments, which start at 9 a.m., and then Facebook for interviews after the event and later at 12:30 p.m. during KASB Live for analysis of the court proceedings from KASB’s Donna Whiteman, attorney and assistant executive director legal services, and Mark Tallman, associate executive director advocacy and communications. The dispute before the court centers on SB 16 — the legislative fix to add an inflation adjustment to school funding. The state argues SB 16 [...]

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Education bills approved this session

While school finance dominated much of the first part of the 2019 legislative session, legislators turned their attention to other education issues as well.   Here is a list of bills approved and signed into law that will affect schools:   SB 9 - Authorizing the transfer of $115 million from the state general fund to the Kansas public employee's retirement fund during fiscal year 2019.     SB 16 - Amendments to the Kansas school equity and enhancement act and other statutes related to education (Gannon lawsuit response).     Increases BASE for school years 2019-23;     Changes schedule of school finance audits;     Requires KSDE to prepare state accountability reports and school district funding reports;    State [...]

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Numerous issues to be covered at KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting

Bullying, gender identity, suicide and many more issues that school leaders deal with will be covered during the KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting in Wichita later this month. The May 29-30 event also coincides with 2019 USA-Kansas Conference.  On May 29, the School Law Workshop includes a session led by Donna Whiteman, KASB’s assistant executive director of legal services, on Kansas’ anti-bullying law, what schools must do to investigate alleged incidents, how to hand complaints from students and parents and ensuring that bullying behaviors stop.  The first day also includes a session on accommodating transgender and gender non-conforming students and [...]

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KASB’s Reeser, Fliter to speak to Wichita group about serving on school boards

Two school board members who impact local and state education policies through KASB will be speaking at the Wichita Area Chapter of Women for Kansas on Saturday. Stan Reeser, a member of the Wichita USD 259 school board and regional representative on the KASB board of directors, and Leah Fliter, a member of the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 board and advocacy and outreach specialist for KASB, will be the feature speakers. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Advanced Learning Library. As the June 3 filing deadline to run for school board approaches, Reeser and Fliter will talk about why they [...]

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Workshop on saving energy costs set for Thursday, May 16 in Topeka

School officials and others are invited to attend a free workshop on energy performance contracts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in Topeka at the Washburn Tech Conference Center, 5724 SW Huntoon St. The workshop, hosted by the Kansas State University Engineering Extension, is aimed at helping officials save money on energy costs without large upfront capital costs and how the Kansas Corporation Commission’s Facility Conservation Improvement Program (FCIP) can assist in this effort. Attendees will hear from national experts Tim Unruh, executive director of the National Association of Energy Service Companies and Dale Hahs, state liaison team [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. May 2

Key legislators put the finishing touches on a final state budget and another tax cut bill started moving through the Legislature on Thursday, the second day of the wrap up session. Major items in the budget for education include rolling over about $2 million in unexpended funds to expand the school mental health initiative and providing another $5 million for school security. Under the proposal, the increased funding for mental health services would require 25 percent matching funds from schools. The budget is in conference committee report for SB 25. Meanwhile, Republican leaders put together a new tax cutting plan that [...]

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today to review wrap up session; trends in school salaries

KASB Live will start at 12:30 p.m. today to review the developing budget agreement and tax cut bill as the Legislature works toward ending the wrap up session. Here is a link to join the discussion. Following the legislative update, KASB Live will feature a special report covering national and state trends in school salaries. The budget agreement that will be considered by legislators during the wrap up session contains several items important to education leaders, including more funding for mental health and school security. On the issue of school salaries, KASB recently issued two reports -- one showing the growing gap [...]

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Kansas schools, districts honored in Character Recognition Program

At David Brewer Elementary, students gather in the gym every morning for a short pep talk, ending with a high-five to the person on one side of them and to the person on the other side, they shake hands and proclaim, “You are amazing.”  At Anthony Elementary, teachers visit low-income apartments, bringing food and other assistance to students and their parents.  Both schools in Leavenworth USD 453 were recognized Wednesday as 2019 Kansas Schools of Character during a ceremony at the Brown v. Board National Historic Site in Topeka. The schools are being considered along with 85 others across the country [...]

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Lyons USD 405 rallies to support first responders

Lyons USD 405 has provided an open invitation to lunch for first responders of the Lyons Police Department and Rice County Sheriff’s Office after a shooting injured Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans and Undersheriff Chad Murphy. Lyons Middle School counselor Anna Cannon called Superintendent Bill Day with her lunch invitation idea, KWCH reported. “I mean, they have been in my office to work with my kids and they’ve come to lunch to be with kids, so what a better way to honor them with lunch,” Cannon said. Here is a link to the full story. Sheriff Evans was shot in the leg in [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. April 30

Budget writers received state financial updates, Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget amendments and had numerous conversations on spending proposals on Tuesday — one day before the start of the wrap-up of the 2019 legislative session. While the new school finance plan has already been approved and is before the Kansas Supreme Court for review, numerous smaller education programs remain before legislators. In the House Appropriations Committee, on a motion from state Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichtia, and seconded by House K-12 Education Budget Chair Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, the appropriators removed a proposal to add $130,000 ($86,726 from the State General Fund) for three [...]

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