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House committee advances gun safety program bill

By a close voice vote, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee advanced favorably HB 2460 as amended. The bill will require that if school districts choose to offer gun safety programs they can only offer the NRA sponsored Eddie Eagle programs for grades K-8 or the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Hunters Safety in our Schools program.  Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, offered an amendment that would remove the prescribed programs and direct the State Board of Education to establish a curriculum guideline. As well as removing language that directed all students should be given equal access,...

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Teacher due process procedures advanced by committee

A measure that would restore due process procedures for teachers was approved Monday by the House Education Committee.  The proposal — HB 2179 — was added as an amendment to HB 2578, which dealt with school bullying policies.   State Rep. Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, made the motion to add the contents of HB 2179 to HB 2578. After a lengthy discussion, the amendment was approved 9-7. State Rep. Melissa Rooker, R-Fairway, later made the motion to pass out the bill favorably as amended. The motion carried.  Now the legislation goes to the full House; KASB members should contact their Representatives to...

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Suicide, bullying issues prompt concerns

Dealing with growing concerns over bullying and suicides in schools was the focus of separate hearings Thursday in the Senate and House education committees  Mental health advocates and those affected by suicide testified against a bill that would make changes to the Jason Flatt Act, which requires suicide awareness and prevention programming for school staff.  SB 333 would repeal the one-hour training requirement for each calendar year for each school staff member. It would also require the prevention programming be posted on the school district’s website and identify the staff members required to participate in the training.  During a hearing before the...

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Committee considers change in when local elected officials take office

The Senate Ethics, Elections & Local Government Committee had its hearing on SB 325, a bill proposed by Sen. Pat Pettey, D-Kansas City, that would move the date local elected officials take office from the “new” current law of the second Monday in January to the first regular meeting following the certification of election results in November.  Pettey indicated the idea for the bill came from concerns of the new “lame duck” period in local municipal elections, that was different from previous practice which was more similar in schedule to the proposed changes in SB 325.  The League of Kansas Municipalities...

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KASB BOLD heads to Spring Hill for instruction in construction

Just about everything you need to know about planning, financing and constructing a school building project is on the agenda for this week’s KASB BOLD class gathering. The business and operations leadership development program includes 20 school administrators from across Kansas, meeting in Spring Hill today and tomorrow for the third session in KASB’s newest leadership development program.   Thursday’s agenda includes how to put together a project team and develop a plan, how to engage the  community in the pre-bond planning phase, how to run the bond election and campaign and a primer on financing the project using municipal bonds....

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