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KASB Live on Friday; time to be announced later

With the Legislature nearing a critical deadline, KASB will review Week 6 of the session on Friday. But because of several committee hearings on Friday, the time for that review will be announced later. Please follow KASB on Twitter, Facebook in News Briefs and online for the latest developments and time for our KASB Live review.

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 19

Legislative committees advanced two education bills on Wednesday. The House K-12 Education Budget Committee approved HB 2526, which would change the capital improvement aid formula that ties the equalization schedule to the district with the lowest assessed valuation per pupil. That district is always Fort Leavenworth USD 207, which is on a military base with almost no taxable valuation. Here is a link to KASB’s testimony in support of the measure. The K-12 panel also held a public hearing on HB 2582, which would create the behavioral health intervention weighting as part of the school finance formula. KASB testified as neutral. Meanwhile,...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. Feb. 18

KASB on Tuesday testified against SB 410, which would require publication of school district bullying policies and reporting on bullying incidents at each school. KASB opposes bullying and supports efforts to address the issue, but feels the state should follow the recent recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying. Here is a link to KASB's testimony before the Senate Education Committee. Advocates for LGBTQ students and KNEA voiced support of the legislation. The Senate committee also held a hearing on SB 384, which would require the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Department for Children...

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KASB selects 2020 Leadership for Tomorrow class

The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce its Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2020.  Participants are nominated and then chosen through an application process that focuses on individual leadership in Kansas public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  “Every member of this year’s class is already a leader in their local district,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB Executive Director. “Through Leadership for Tomorrow they connect with board members and district leaders in other districts, learning from each other and gathering ideas they can take back home. They will also visit classrooms...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Mon. Feb. 17

KASB opposed a bill before the Senate Education Committee on Monday and will oppose another on Tuesday as committees start moving legislation to the floors of both chambers. SB 353 seeks to “allocate sufficient moneys in a manner reasonably calculated such that all students may achieve the goal” set forth in state statute law, the so-called  “Rose capacities.” KASB supports the concepts of the bill but thinks the legislation makes it appear school officials "are not committed to achieving these capacities simply because we have not reached them." Here is a link to the testimony. The supporter of the bill...

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NSBA Weekly Policy Update: Trump’s budget proposal, hearings to start

Congressional Update   President Trump Submits Fiscal Year 2021 Education Budget Request to Congress  The White House released President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget request this week, including his proposed budget for the Department of Education. The president asked Congress to cut the Department of Education’s total budget by 8.4% and urged legislators to combine 29 Elementary and Secondary Education Act programs – including Title I – into a single funding stream called the “Elementary and Secondary Education for the Disadvantaged Block Grant”.  Under the president’s proposal, the new block grant would receive $19.4 billion, which represents a $4.8 billion cut to...

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