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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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SBR: KASB leaders explore school equity

Click here to read the full KASB Magazine By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org Four Kansas school board members recently attended the National School Boards Association’s third annual Equity Symposium in Washington, D.C. The board members represent rural and suburban school districts with student enrollments of 350 to 30,000; some have served on their boards for more than 10 years, while one took office in January. Though their board tenure and school district demographics differ, Dayna Miller, Frank Henderson, Rod Stewart and Brian Geary said the Equity Symposium is an important opportunity for school leaders to learn more about how to support the success of...

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House sends teacher due process and anti-bullying bills to Senate

A bill restoring teacher due process protections was approved by the House on Thursday but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.  House members approved HB 2757 on a 73-48 vote.  "It's going to a drawer in the Senate," said state Rep. Clay Aurand, R-Belleville, who is chairman of the House Education Committee and had unsuccessfully pushed for an amendment that would have restored due process to teachers who had it prior to 2014.  The House-approved legislation would give Kansas teachers who work three-plus years in the same school district the right to a due process hearing before an independent hearing officer.   That...

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Teacher pay and benefits has biggest increase since 2008-09

Boosted by the largest increase in school district operating budgets since 2008-09, Kansas teachers received the largest average pay and benefits increase since 2008-09, according to a new KASB survey.  The average per district increase in the total package of salary and benefits in 2017-18 was 3.5 percent. The last year average compensation increase topped three percent was 2008-09, the last of four years of increased funding the Kansas Legislature approved after the Montoy school finance decision.  The average base salary for Kansas teacher this year is $35,555, up from $34,800 last year. Average fringe benefits paid by the district is...

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