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Education bills introduced Feb. 7

Five bills concerning school districts were introduced Feb. 7. KASB staff is continuing to analyze other bills for their impact on education.  SB 395 - Setting a maximum final average salary amount for purposes of computing retirement benefits for certain members of KPERS, KP&F and the retirement system for judges. The bill would place limits on retirement benefits by setting a maximum final average salary for some retirees, regardless of actual salary. Referred to Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance.  HB 2653 - Income tax; relating to credits; educational expenses made by certain school employees. The bill would provide a 20% tax...

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KASB names Class of 2018 Leadership for Tomorrow

TOPEKA – The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce our Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018. The 26 participants were chosen through an application process on the basis of individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement. Through five two-day sessions held around the state, the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program creates a greater understanding of the Kansas public education system and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills for effective governance and raising student achievement. The program began in 2005, and in the past 13 years 221 school leaders...

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Numerous education-related bills introduced as deadline approaches

As the deadline for introduction of bills (except by exempt committees) approaches Friday, here are some new bills from the past several days. One bill has a hearing scheduled Thursday. No other bills have been scheduled for hearings as of Tuesday evening, but that could change as committee schedules are posted.  Dyslexia. HB 2602 - Requiring screenings for dyslexia and related disorders in public schools. By July 1, 2019, the state board of education must develop rules and regulations for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders. Local school districts must begin screening by the 2019-20 school...

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Bill on gun safety education in public schools heard in committee

HB 2460 on firearms safety programs in public schools would require the State Board of Education to adopt a curriculum program on gun safety based on the NRA Eddie Eagle program for grades K-8 and the Hunter Safety in Schools program developed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.  While the bill heard before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee is permissive in nature, meaning districts could choose whether to participate, KASB spoke in opposition to it because of the prescriptive nature of determining and limiting the curriculum of gun safety training to these two programs only. ...

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Task force provides reports on K-12 health insurance, purchasing

A task force charged by the Legislature with studying recommendations from a consulting firm related to K-12 education has issued its reports and found the proposals lacking merit.  The findings were presented Monday to the House K-12 Education Budget Committee. Chairman Fred Patton, R-Topeka, asked committee members to review the material and contact him with any thoughts or questions and they would decide in the future if any additional committee discussions were warranted. The task force reports can be found here.  In 2016, the Legislature hired the consulting firm of Alvarez & Marsal to conduct an efficiency study of state government.   Among...

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Former KASB president, state Rep. Fred Patton, appointed chair of House K-12

State Rep. Fred Patton, R-Topeka, has been named chairman of the House K-12 Education Budget Committee to replace Larry Campbell, who resigned his legislative seat to become Gov. Jeff Colyer’s state budget director.  Patton served as president of KASB from 2010 to 2012 and is currently president of the Seaman USD 345 school board on which he has served 15 years.  Patton is in his second term in the Kansas House where he represents northern and western Shawnee County, Dover, Silver Lake and Willard.   In taking over as chairman of the committee that works on school finance, Patton said, “As legislators,...

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Application process begins for next phase of Kansans Can school redesign program

The application process started Monday for school districts wanting to participate in the next phase of redesigning schools.  “Join our journey to the moon,” tweeted Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson.  The Kansans Can Redesign project calls on participating school districts to change an elementary and secondary school to align with the State Board of Education’s vision of leading the world in the success of every student.  School redesign efforts selected in earlier rounds have been named after the Mercury 7 astronauts and Gemini I programs. Watson is calling the new program Gemini II.  The application period will end April 3. For more information,...

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KASB President Miller interviewed on national broadcast about Kansas school funding situation

On a national radio broadcast Monday, KASB President Dayna Miller said she is hopeful that new Gov. Jeff Colyer will work to secure the funds needed to improve public education in Kansas and resolve the school finance litigation.  “We have a good relationship with Gov. Colyer and so we’re hopeful that that means an increase (in funding) and that means support throughout the Legislature,” Miller said during an interview on The Takeaway. Here is a link to the broadcast.   The show highlighted Kansas’ fiscal problems and Colyer’s ascension to the governor’s office after Sam Brownback left to become ambassador at...

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Hearings scheduled this week on firearms safety, taking office, suicide and bullying prevention bills

Four bills directly concerning school boards and districts have hearings scheduled this week.  Tuesday, 9 a.m.  The House Federal and State Affairs Committee holds a hearing on HB 2460, which authorizes but does not require school districts to provide firearm safety education programs in public schools. KASB will oppose the bill as introduced because it seems to require that any firearms safety program must follow State Board of Education curriculum standards, based on specific programs. KASB oppose specific state curriculum requirements.  Thursday, 9:30 a.m.  The Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee holds a hearing on SB 325, which would require that city,...

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Kansas school board members learning and advocating at NSBA conference

School board members from across Kansas are in Washington, D.C. this week honing their federal advocacy skills.  The National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute 2018 features sessions that arm attendees with the latest information on federal education spending, implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, evidence-based advocacy, immigration and social media messaging before they head to Capitol Hill to meet with their U.S. Senators and Representatives.  Education leaders from the Basehor-Linwood, Lawrence, Olathe, Girard, Topeka, Blue Valley, Wichita, Washington County, Shawnee Mission, Manhattan and Seaman school districts make up the 18-member KASB delegation. They’ll meet Monday with Senator Jerry Moran and on...

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