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Starting Anew: For Basehor-Linwood flexibility is key to planning

One recent morning, Basehor-Linwood USD 458 school board President Dayna Miller went to her mailbox and was surprised to see several people in the driveway who wanted to talk with her about reopening school.  She said the conversation was cordial, but Miller said the incident, combined with the deluge of texts and emails she received over the summer, exemplified how the start of this school year has brought out people’s passions like no other issue she has experienced during her 17 years of service on the school board.  “This affects your community, parents and grandparents. This was a big decision and...

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Event to focus on early childhood education during pandemic

A national lineup of educators, including Kansas’ National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy, will conduct a conversation on changes in early childhood education during the COVID-19 health crisis. “Early Efforts: Ensuring Developmentally Appropriate Practice Amidst a Global Pandemic” will be held online at 7 p.m. Thur. Oct. 8. The Hunt Institute, National Association for the Education of Young Children, American Association of School Administrators, and Council of the Chief State School Officers have joined forces to examine the challenges faced by early childhood educators. In addition to Rosproy, an early childhood teacher with Winfield USD 465, the event will feature Dr....

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Voting Matters: Deadline approaches to register to vote; mail-in balloting will start soon

In Kansas, there are several ways to cast a ballot in the upcoming election. You can either vote by mail, or vote early in person or you can vote in person at your polling place on Election Day, which is Nov. 3. But you can’t vote if you’re not registered to vote. If you are not already registered to vote, you have until Oct. 13 to do so. If you need to register, would like to confirm you are registered, or want to request a mail-in ballot, you can go to www.ksvotes.org, which is a non-partisan non-profit organization. The state also...

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KASB urges Kansans to fill out Census form as legal battles continue over end date

The legal battle over the 2020 U.S. Census took a new turn late Monday with an announcement by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross of an Oct. 5 “target date” to finish the decennial count. That is more than three weeks earlier than the Oct. 31 end date set by a federal judge. A court hearing on the target date is set for 5 p.m. today Central Time.   Meanwhile, KASB urges uncounted Kansans to fill out their Census form at https://2020census.gov/.  The Trump Administration announced in August it was moving the national count deadline up one month to September 30 to give...

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KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday will feature Education Commissioner Watson

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson will be a special guest during the KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Oct. 2) and will talk about the challenges school boards face in the reopening of school. To register for the meeting, go to this link. Local school boards statewide have voted to open schools in a variety of ways to address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Watson's appearance, KASB Advocacy staff will review developments on numerous education issues. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will...

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President’s Perspective: Pivoting for the success of each student

By Lori Blake KASB President The buzz word for anyone in any type of leadership role right now is pivot. What exactly does that mean though? Merriam-Webster has 3 definitions as follows:   a pin or shaft on which a mechanical part turns the action of turning around a point  a person or thing that is central or important to someone or something else In farming, there is a pivot in which a giant sprinkler arm is attached to. It is a vital part to growing successful crops in drylands. The pivot provides equal distribution of water to the field...

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Pandemic pivoting: September School Board Review covers how districts have shifted

The September issue of School Board Review reports how district leaders spent the summer analyzing data, meeting with the public and working through unprecedented challenges as schools started a new school year during the current COVID-19 health emergency. KASB President Lori Blake writes about how districts have been forced to pivot time and time again as circumstances change and KASB Executive Director John Heim urges Kansans to allow some grace for education leaders who are dealing with unprecedented change. The issue also introduces Jason Winbolt, vice president of the Springhill USD 230 school board, as the endorsed candidate for KASB president-elect...

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Federal judge throws out early Census deadline

A federal judge has rejected a Trump Administration effort to end the 2020 Census a month early. The Administration announced in August it was moving the national count deadline up one month to September 30 to give the government time to deliver the 2020 data to the President by the end of December as required by law. The Census has been plagued by delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, and political conflict. Judge Lucy H. Koh said late Thursday the scheduled completion date of October 31 should stand. She also directed the final count be delivered by April...

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Foster Care Committee continues work

In a wide-ranging discussion after two days of testimony, members of the Special Committee on Foster Care spoke about either changes that they would like the committee to recommend to the Legislature or issues they would like to study further. No votes on any specific recommendations were made. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 20-21. State Sen. Ed Berger, R-Hutchinson, said the state needs to address reoccurring issues, such as complaints that foster children are moved too often and their school records often don’t follow them when they enroll in a new school. State Rep. Jarrod Ousley, D-Merriam, said he...

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U.S. House approves bill to avert federal shutdown that includes nutrition waiver extension

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to avert a federal government shutdown. The bill includes a provision extending school nutrition waivers supported by KASB through June 2021.   Federal Fiscal Year 2020 closes on September 30 but Congress has not passed all the appropriations bills needed to continue federal programs beyond that date. The “Continuing Resolution” passed by the House on Tuesday keeps the federal government operating through December 11. The vote tally was 359-71 for passage.  Kansas Representatives Sharice Davids and Steve Watkins voted for the bill; Rep. Ron Estes voted no; Rep. Roger Marshall was listed...

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