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KASB webinar at 12:30 p.m. Monday on tracking Kansas’ major K-12 education issues

KASB Associate Executive Director Mark Tallman will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. Monday to highlight education issues of interest to public school advocates.  To watch and participate in the webinar, go to KASB Newsmakers. Here is a link to the “Tracking Major K-12 Education Issues, Fall 2017” document that Tallman will review during the webinar and update as developments occur.  Some of the major items up for study by interim legislative committees and other panels include the new school finance law, how school districts purchase goods and services and employee health insurance. There also is a task force studying the...

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Deadline is Sept. 15 to apply for KASB’s new BOLD leadership program

The deadline is fast approaching to submit an application to participate in KASB’s new BOLD project, which will help school leaders develop further leadership skills on the business side of operating a school district.  BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) will deal with the financial, facilities and planning side of school operations.  KASB staff, business experts and KASB partners will lead training sessions that deal with building and facilities planning; technology; finance strategies; procurement; security; risk management and human resources.  The deadline to submit an application to join the BOLD class is Sept. 15. The first session is scheduled for October. For more...

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Upcoming training sessions on open government offered by Kansas attorney general

School board members and other education advocates can participate in free training sessions offered by the Kansas attorney general’s office on state open government laws. “Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “As our office investigates complaints of violations of open government laws, most often we find the violations were inadvertent and can be avoided through better education. I encourage public officials, staff, members of the media and the public to participate in these training sessions to learn more about how these laws work.” Here is the schedule for the remaining sessions: Mon....

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KASB Nominating Committee to meet Saturday

The KASB Nominating Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday to nominate a school board member to serve as president-elect designee of KASB.  The position will be up for election at the annual KASB Convention in Wichita Dec. 1-3.  The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. The deadline to apply for the position was Aug. 30.  The only candidate to have applied is Shannon Kimball, a school board member with Lawrence USD 497.    

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Wichita district to be featured in D.C. forum

The USD 259 Wichita Public Schools’ magnet programs will be featured in a presentation to the U.S. Congress next week in Washington D.C. that aims to highlight how public schools offer a wide variety of educational options to their students.  The National School Boards Association is sponsoring “Our Public Schools: Expanding the Horizon of Educational Choice” on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. Eastern. The event will highlight successful public-school choice initiatives in Wichita; Richland District 2, South Carolina; and Hazen Union High School, Hardwick, Vermont.   Terrell Davis, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Special Projects, Wichita Public Schools, will represent...

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NSBA statement on Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA

Statement by Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO National School Boards Association Alexandria, Va. -- National School Boards Association Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Public schools are a beacon of hope and opportunity for students and our country. The schools in our neighborhoods have educated generations of children, regardless of factors such as race, ethnic background, and immigration and socioeconomic status, enabling them to contribute to our economy and strengthen our democracy. “Since the first public school was founded,...

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Kansas higher education leader will be focus of KASB interview

KASB will conduct a live interview Wednesday with Dr. Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.  Under the Kansans Can vision, the Kansas Board of Regents, which oversees and coordinates higher education, and K-12 public schools will need to improve coordination and cooperation.  To view the interview, which will start at 2 p.m. Wednesday, go here. 

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KASB workshop on becoming an effective supervisor set for Sept. 19 in Hays

KASB will conduct a workshop later this month in Hays on how to become a more effective supervisor.  The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue. Sept. 19 at the Rockwell Center, 323 W. 12th St. in Hays.   This workshop is designed for directors of maintenance, custodial services, transportation, food service and other employees responsible for supervising classified staff. These positions are imperative to a school district and many directors have been thrust into their positions without proper training. This workshop is designed to assist these valuable employees to become an effective supervisor.  Specific topics that will...

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KASB workshop tomorrow on impact of U.S. Supreme Court ruling in special education case

KASB Legal/Policy Services will conduct a workshop Wednesday on the recent far-reaching decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that could have a significant impact on how schools develop services for special education students. The topics covered will help anyone within school districts who deal with special education issues.  The session will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 6 at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. in Topeka. Here is a link to register.  The workshop will provide an overview of last spring’s court ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Colo.) School District and explore the implications...

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State officials report enthusiasm for Kansans Can school redesign project

Schools enrolled in the “Mercury 7” and “Gemini” redesign project are embracing proposed changes in the way they operate, according to two Kansas State Department of Education officials.  “The enthusiasm is off the charts,” said Tammy Mitchell, who along with Jay Scott, serves as the KSDE redesign specialists.   Mitchell and Scott have been criss-crossing the state to help the selected districts redesign the operations of a primary and secondary school around the Kansans Can outcomes. These include improvements in early childhood learning, individual plans of study, social and emotional growth, high school graduation rates and post-secondary success.  For a progress update on...

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