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Five Kansas school administrators recognized by State Board

Five Kansas school administrators were recognized Tuesday by the Kansas State Board of Education after having received prestigious education awards. Those recognized were: Sue Givens, superintendent at El Dorado USD 490, who has been named 2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year by the Kansas School Superintendents Association. Dr. Britton Hart, principal at Emporia High School (Emporia USD 253), who has been named 2016- 2017 Kansas High School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Terrell Davis, principal at Truesdell Middle School (Wichita USD 259) and Tony Helfrich, principal at Liberty Middle School (Pratt USD 382),...

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Deadline to file for school board fast approaching

The Thursday, June 1 deadline to file to run for the local school board is fast approaching. KASB strongly encourages current board members to seek another term and also encourages other committed, visionary community members to seek election and serve in this important voluntary role. The local school board is an integral part of the community and the American institution of representative government. Learn more at www.kasb.org/boardelections2017

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School finance bills advance; funding does not

Approval of a school finance system to replace the block grants on July 1 took several steps forward Wednesday when the House advanced a bill to final action and the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance recommended a similar bill to the full Senate. However, passage of a tax bill to fund current state expenditures and the additional costs of the school finance proposals remained stalled, and many question whether the plans will be approved by the Kansas Supreme Court. The court set a June 30 deadline to correct constitutional inadequacies in school funding. Both bills restore most features of the...

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KPERS working after retirement simplified

The Kansas Legislature has simplified KPERS working after retirement provisions and eliminated the earnings cap, making it easier for Kansas school leaders to hire qualified retirees for critical positions. Under an agreement reached in mid-May, as of January 1, 2018, the following provisions apply to any KPERS school retiree, regardless of retirement date: There is no earnings cap; For non-covered employees (those who work 630 hours or less in a calendar year) employers do not make a contribution to the KPERS fund; Employers will make the statutory contribution on a covered employee’s first $25,000 in earnings in a calendar year...

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Kansas House and Senate resolutions commend KASB’s 100 years of service to education

Resolutions passed by the Kansas House and Senate yesterday honored the Kansas Association of School Boards for its 100 years of service to public education. Carrying the Kansas Legislature resolutions were Representative Fred Patton, Seaman USD 345 Board of Education and a KASB Past President, and Senator Lynn Rodgers, Wichita USD 259 Board of Education. Text from each resolution can be found at kasb.org/about-us/ Guests of both houses were KASB Board of Directors Amy Martin, President, Olathe USD 233; Don Shimkus, Past-President, Oxford USD 358; Dayna Miller, President-Elect, Basehor-Linwood USD 458; and Patrick Woods, President-Elect Designee, Topeka USD 501. Regional vice-presidents in...

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Mandating Applied Behavior Analysis Services in Kansas school districts

KASB is providing this fact sheet (below) on the issue of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has generated much discussion since House Bill 2410, the proposed school finance measure, was advanced with a provision that would require ABA therapy for public school students in some cases. The measure has prompted questions about the cost of such therapy, who would pay, who is qualified to provide it and how many students would be eligible. `Mandating Applied Behavior Analysis Services in Kansas School Districts' answers these questions and many more. As the school finance bill advances through the Legislature, we encourage education officials to...

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Watson launches effort to redesign demonstration schools

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Tuesday announced the launching of an initiative to redesign Kansas schools to align with the Kansans Can mission of leading the world in the success of each student. Watson said the initiative will start with a demonstration project with seven school districts, which will be selected in September from an application process. The chosen districts will go through a year of preparation and start re-designing in the 2018-19 school year. “We need highly motivated, select school districts,” Watson said during the monthly Kansas State Board of Education meeting. He said each selected district will offer...

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Coalition of Innovative School Districts updates State Board

The Kansas State Board of Education received its bi-annual report from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts during its regular April meeting Tuesday in Topeka. Marysville USD 364 Superintendent Bill Mullins represented the group of six districts sharing the work that has been their focus over the past few months. First up was sharing the Vision and Mission of the group: Vision: Act as purposeful risk takers to meet the needs of our diverse learners, by challenging the status quo. Mission: Challenge traditional thinking, construct brighter futures, through collegiality, with a focus on research based practice. Mullins also reported on the work of two...

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Innovative Districts hear from KSHSAA

The Coalition of Innovative Districts on Thursday discussed with the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) the impact of alternative credit-granting on students’ eligibility for high school activities. KSHSAA Executive Director Gary Musselman told coalition members meeting in Topeka that he would not rule out the possibility of the association someday accepting “competency”-based credits to qualify students for KSHSAA eligibility. He cautioned, however, that the association’s extensive rule book is in place for a variety of legitimate reasons. Coalition schools, and other schools in Kansas, should not expect alternative credit-granting schemes to be exempt from KSHSAA rules, Musselman said. The innovative...

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Coalition of Innovative Districts to meet

The Coalition of Innovative School Districts will meet Thursday in Topeka to continue its efforts to define and brand its work. Coalition members will also discuss with Kansas State High School Activities Association Executive Director Gary Musselman the impact on eligibility if member schools change how students earn credits for high school classes. The credit and eligibility discussion will also include video conversations with school officials in Wisconsin and New Hampshire about their work in that area. The coalition was formed in 2012 to allow up to 10 percent of the state's school districts to opt out of most state...

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