Negotiations

KASB Legislative Committee recommends priorities for school districts

The Kansas Association of School Boards Legislative Committee has proposed a set of state and local priorities for 2021. The proposals will be finalized by the KASB Delegate Assembly, which is scheduled to meet virtually on Jan. 21.  School leaders are encouraged to review these proposals with their local boards of education. Each KASB member school board has a voting delegate at the assembly, which will discuss and consider any amendments before approving the documents.  Local boards may also use these recommendations as a guide for determining their own priorities for the upcoming legislative session and input to state and federal...

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KASB School Law Workshop set for July 21

The KASB School Law Workshop 2020 will be held both on-site and online on Tue. July 21. The workshop for school attorneys, administrators and board member will cover numerous topics, including the legal implications of school closures during health emergencies, negotiations, board policy updates, IDEA and the relationship between the law and technology in schools. The workshop will be offered onsite at KASB in Topeka (includes lunch) and simulcast via Zoom for those who register to attend the hosted virtual session. A KASB staff member will facilitate the virtual session, which could be limited on the number of participants to accommodate...

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KASB dues and lobbying

The Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit (LPA) recently sent all local units of government, including school districts, a survey requesting information about the amount of money spent on membership dues to associations that lobby, or for paying lobbyists.  KASB does engage in lobbying, so members should report the amount they paid to KASB in annual membership dues. We have received questions about how much of KASB dues goes to lobbying activities.  First, lobbying is defined in Kansas state law as promoting or opposing in any manner action or nonaction by (1) the legislature on any legislative matter, (2) any executive...

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Wednesday KASB weekly virtual forums for school board members, district leaders

KASB is conducting weekly virtual forums to help school board members and district leaders address issues and make decisions for schools during the COVID-19 crisis. The “Lunch and Learns” forums run from noon to 12:45 p.m. each Wednesday through May 27. There is no fee but pre-registration is required. To register, go to this link. Once registered, participants will receive a registration confirmation email from pinpoint@kasb.org that will include the zoom link for that week's meeting. Registration is required for each weekly session. A different link will be used for each week's session to allow KASB to provide a secure...

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Education leaders discuss pandemic’s impact on schools; final virtual roundtable tonight

The COVID-19 crisis has increased the workload for Kansas educators as they have switched from the classroom to mostly online instruction, education leaders said Wednesday during a KASB virtual roundtable meeting. About 75 school board members, superintendents and district staff from across the state met to discuss how they have addressed the numerous issues associated with the coronavirus outbreak that resulted in school closures for the year. KASB’s final virtual roundtable meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight. To register, go here and click on Upcoming Events. Once registered, participants will receive a registration confirmation from pinpoint@kasb.org that will include a Zoom...

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KASB virtual roundtable meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday

KASB will conduct two virtual roundtable meetings this week to help education leaders address the numerous challenges of continuing school instruction with all school buildings closed due to the coronavirus. The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (April 8) and Thursday (April 9). To register, go here and click on Upcoming Events. Once registered, participants will receive a registration confirmation from pinpoint@kasb.org that will include a Zoom link to join the meeting.   The meetings will give school board members and district leadership teams the opportunity to discuss issues that have arisen because of the pandemic....

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KASB Zoom sessions Monday and Tuesday on legal and employee issues

KASB will conduct free Zoom video sessions Monday and Tuesday for KASB Legal Assistance Fund members on legal and employee issues.  No registration fee is required, but participants must pre-register. Registration information has been emailed to Legal Assistance Fund district office staff and superintendents.   At 2 p.m. Monday (April 6), KASB Legal Staff will review and discuss the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and the Children's Internet Protection Act for their impact on online instruction used as part of a district’s continuous learning plan. Topics will include recording and sharing information.  This session will also...

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April issue of School Board Review focuses on pandemic and school closings

This month’s School Board Review focuses on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Kansas public schools. Because of the pandemic, the issue will only be available online at this time and can be accessed here. The issue reviews developments over the past few weeks that have led to the unprecedented closure of schools and the rollout of stay-at-home continuous learning. The April edition also includes details about federal and state responses to the health crisis that continues to worsen. In addition, SBR covers the numerous tasks and policy and legal changes facing local school boards associated with COVID-19, including paying...

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Key tasks for school boards right now

In two online video forums for school board leaders Thursday night and Friday morning, KASB executive, leadership services and legal staff presented information on critical tasks for local school boards as they confront the COVID pandemic. Approximately 400 school leaders attended. Participation was limited to board presidents, board vice-presidents, superintendents and board clerks to comply with open meetings requirements.  First, boards must determine how to conduct school board meetings that comply with both health directives like social distancing and the Kansas Open Meetings Act.  The Kansas Attorney General has proposed new regulations for conducting open meetings that have received temporary approval...

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March issue of School Board Review available now

The March issue of School Board Review is full of news about what is happening in education from Washington, D.C. to Topeka and throughout Kansas. Here is a link to the publication and a hard copy should be arriving for school board members and administrators in the mail soon. Federal K-12 issues are previewed with insights from NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel and new polling information about the public’s view of public schools. Meanwhile, KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter provides coverage of KASB attendees recent trip to the NSBA Advocacy Institute in D.C. in which Kansas board members met with Kansas’ congressional...

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