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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Mon. Feb. 10

A House committee Monday recommended approval of a bill that would expand a program that gives tax credits to send students to private religious schools. The K-12 Education Budget Committee forwarded HB 2465 to the full House on an 8-5 vote. KASB and numerous education advocacy groups opposed the measure, while Catholic and other private schools supported it. "Should the state encourage investment in a tax-credit program that most students can’t access? Should the state forego tax revenue in order to support religious schools that are not required to accept all students? And should Kansas tacitly encourage the segregation of low-performing,...

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Registration open for 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Summit in March

By Carol Pitts cpitts@kasb.org Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Also speaking will be the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and Melissa Rooker, executive director Kansas Children’s Cabinet. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy...

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Busy week ahead in the Statehouse on the education front

This week promises to be a busy one for public school advocates as education bills seem to be popping up everywhere in the Kansas Legislature. Here is a schedule of some of the bills KASB will be following and testifying on: Monday — Public hearing before the House K-12 Education Budget Committee on HB 2540, which would put new requirements on schools in their use of at-risk funds. KASB opposes this bill. — Public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on HB 2532, which would authorize the Kansas State Department of Education to contract with a vendor to install and operate school bus...

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today to review fourth week of the legislative session

KASB Live will broadcast at 12:30 p.m. today to review the fourth week of the 2020 legislative session. Here is a link to the webinar. After the live presentation, the interactive broadcast will be archived and available as a video and podcast. Here is a link to the KASB Live Youtube channel and here is a link to KASB Live podcast. KASB has staff and resources that can help you stay informed on what is happening in Topeka, and through affiliation with NSBA, what is happening in Washington. You can find numerous education reports and studies on the KASB website at...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. Feb. 6

Legislators on Thursday heard about the shortage of school counselors, social workers and psychologists amid a worsening mental health problem among students. Meanwhile, a committee forwarded two education-related bills to the full House. In addition, Sen. Kevin Braun, R-Kansas City, introduced a bill he said would tie at-risk funding to grade performance, and Sen. Molly Baumgardner, R-Louisburg, introduced a bill she said would require the state to track academic progress of kids in the foster care system. Baumgardner is chair of Senate Education Committee and Braun is a member of that committee. On the issue of student mental health, suicide has...

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State Board of Education to discuss changes to undergrad admission standards

The State Board of Education on Wednesday will discuss changes to the undergraduate admissions standards for public universities. Last September, the Kansas Board of Regents approved removing the class rank requirement from the criteria to enter a state university and replacing it with a grade point average (GPA) requirement. The decision has the potential to change pre-college curriculum, high school course offerings, high school graduation requirements and accreditation regulations. Also on Wednesday, the board will act on computer science standards. On Tuesday, the board will recognize the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year team; consider Kansas Model Standards for handwriting and hear a...

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KASB Live on Friday; time to be determined later

KASB Live will broadcast Friday to review the fourth week of the 2020 legislative session, but because there is a morning hearing on a bill that is important to schools, the time of the broadcast will be determined later. Here is a link to the webinar, but please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see what time KASB Live will start. After the live presentation, the interactive broadcast will be archived and available as a video and podcast. Here is a link to the KASB Live Youtube channel and here is a link to KASB Live podcast. The public hearing...

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Profile: Pam Dankenbring is Region 4 representative

Pam Dankenbring Marysville USD 364 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served on the USD 364 School Board for two years and have filled the position of president for six months. I serve as our governmental relations person and on the finance and negotiations committees. What do you do outside of being a board member? I am a district administrator for Kansas Farm Bureau, the largest grassroots agricultural advocacy organization in the state. In that position, I serve as a direct liaison to the 10 county...

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Profile: Joe Beveridge is Region 15 representative

Joe Beveridge Olathe USD 233 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? As of January 2020, I am starting my second four-year term on the Olathe School Board. I have been serving as vice president since July of 2019. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we moved from Chicago, Illinois to Olathe, Kansas, and one of the main reasons was our admiration for the school district. I ran for school board as someone who felt the district did so many things well and I...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 4

Public school advocates must stay on alert as Tuesday brought another voucher bill and more calls from legislators for increased accountability. The political tone indicates that many legislators will seek changes in the way schools operate despite last year’s settlement in the Gannon school finance lawsuit and the Kansas Supreme Court’s continued supervision in the case. School leaders should continue to provide information to their legislators, especially on how their schools are using increases in school funding, including at-risk funds, to help students. The Senate Education Committee considered legislation that would remove a July 1 expiration date on high density, at-risk funding,...

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