Negotiations

October issue of KASB School Board Review is available

Articles on education equity, the effect of social media on our students, the school bond environment, KASB’s upcoming annual conference and more are featured in the October issue of School Board Review, which is available online here. This month’s publication includes the final installment of KASB Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman’s analysis of equity in student success. KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about how young people today face challenges their parents didn’t — namely that their exploits are recorded forever in the digital world. KASB’s Rob Gilligan, government relations specialist, analyzes opportunities to reinvest in school...

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Wealth of public school data in new KASB Annual Surveys

The KASB Surveys 2018-19 Annual Report, which covers a wide range of data gathered from public school districts, is now available.  Here are links to a new summary report and a KASB Live video on the surveys with KASB Chief Data Officer Ted Carter.  The survey results are available to school districts and other education advocates while district level data is available to KASB members under the member portal. For more information or to ask questions about the data, contact Carter at tcarter@kasb.org.  KASB is one of the only school board associations in the nation that conducts annual data collection from its members and...

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Have briefs, will travel. KASB Legal/Policy Services department coming to a town near you

KASB’s Legal/Policy Services department will be on the road over the next few weeks and will be happy to visit member districts to offer training or legal updates.  The Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards take place July 30-August 8 across Kansas; the schedule is available here. In addition, KASB attorneys are scheduled to present staff inservices in the first week of August, and Donna Whiteman will represent KASB at the August 5 State Blue Ribbon Task Force in Salina. Members should take advantage of the legal road trip to gain valuable insights for your board and staff.  The KASB Legal Department...

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KASB Policy Updates available

KASB’s Spring 2019 policy updates are now available.   This set of updates reflects the latest legal developments, including the impact of the 2019 Kansas legislative session on recommended school board policies. Updated and current board policies support you as you work to provide a quality educational program.  “Well-written policy ensures compliance with state and federal law, sets a foundation for fair and efficient school governance, and defines the board’s position and expectations in managing and operating local public schools,” said KASB Senior Attorney Angie Stallbaumer. “KASB’s Legal Department is pleased to offer these policy updates to our members.”   This comprehensive assistance in...

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Numerous issues to be covered at KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting

Bullying, gender identity, suicide and many more issues that school leaders deal with will be covered during the KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting in Wichita later this month. The May 29-30 event also coincides with 2019 USA-Kansas Conference.  On May 29, the School Law Workshop includes a session led by Donna Whiteman, KASB’s assistant executive director of legal services, on Kansas’ anti-bullying law, what schools must do to investigate alleged incidents, how to hand complaints from students and parents and ensuring that bullying behaviors stop.  The first day also includes a session on accommodating transgender and gender non-conforming students and...

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KASB handbooks now online

Looking for the latest guidance on Open Meeting or Open Records? Making plans for next school year’s School Site Council? Answers and guidance can be found in KASB Handbooks, and access just got easier! The KASB Board of Directors voted in March 2018 to provides access to all KASB handbooks online without additional charge. “By moving all of the content online our members gain quicker access to the information they are looking for, and we can update the content more frequently,” said Carol Pitts, KASB assistant executive director for marketing and public relations. All handbooks were revised by KASB attorneys and staff. “With...

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SBR: 2018 session in the books, work continues on school finance

By Leah Fliter lfliter@kasb.org The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session saw legislators repairing the state budget and adding more funds to public schools after adverse court rulings. KASB commended legislators for their work in a statement: After restoring a more balanced tax system last year, state revenues and economic growth have been much stronger than expected. Over the past two years, the Legislature has begun to make investments in public education to stop falling behind inflation and other states and to reverse the decline in measures of student success. CLICK HERE to download the full issue. “The Legislature also began restoring funding for higher education,...

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SBR: Limit the scope of collective bargaining

Notice letters for professional negotiations have been exchanged by now, and the board should have reviewed the professional employees’ letter to ensure that the issues raised by the association all concern mandatorily negotiable topics under K.S.A. 72-2218(l)(1)(C). School boards often question why they should be concerned over limiting negotiations to those topics. If the teachers have concerns other than those matters, why not discuss them? The simplest answer is that boards need to avoid diminishing rights which are managerial or quasi-managerial in nature. The board must also ensure that subjects which can be addressed administratively are not included in the agreement....

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Gemini II districts selected in Kansans Can School Redesign Project

Before an enthusiastic crowd on Tuesday, state education officials announced 19 school districts that will take part in the next round of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. Those districts will redesign at least one elementary school and one secondary school around the State Board of Education outcomes of kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, improvement in graduation and post-secondary rates and social and emotional growth. The selection represents the third round of districts joining the redesign efforts. The original seven districts -- dubbed Mercury 7 after the United States' first team of astronauts -- will launch their redesign programs at...

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Action Alert: Bill to arm teachers has Tuesday morning hearing

HB 2789, which would hold school districts negligent if they do not authorize teachers to carry concealed guns to school, has been scheduled for an 8 a.m. Tuesday hearing in the House Insurance Committee. School board members who wish to offer testimony on the bill should submit it to committee assistant Michelle Engelby at Michelle.Engelby@house.ks.gov by 8 a.m. Monday.   HB 2789 says a school district could be found negligent if it "did not authorize any employee of such school district, other than school security officers, to carry concealed handguns in buildings operated by such district pursuant to [the state concealed carry law]."   The bill also would:  Require the Kansas State Board of Education to adopt statewide standards to make all...

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