Newsroom

KASB and KSDE review federal issues in live video

KASB and KSDE staffers reviewed federal education issues Tuesday in a live video interview that has been archived on KASB’s You Tube channel. Click on “KASB Newsmakers – Federal Programs Update with KSDE.”  Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter interviewed KSDE Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services Assistant Director Doug Boline, who specializes in foster care and migrant children programs, KansasStar and the Kansas Learning Network. Boline reviewed the federal Title funds that fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA was enacted in 2015 and replaces No Child...

Read more...

Live interview today on federal funds, ESSA, Medicaid

KASB will conduct a live interview about federal funds and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at 1 p.m. today and offer an update on the latest Congressional attempt at healthcare reform and its possible impact Kansas schools.  You can view the presentation live, and ask questions, at www.youtube.com/user/KASBVideo/live. (To ask questions, you may need to sign in with a gmail or google account.) Find a pdf of the powerpoint for today's interview at: https://kasb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/KSDEAnalysisTitleFundsESSA.pdf KSDE’s Dean Zajic and Doug Boline will summarize the federal programs and funding that flow to Kansas under ESSA, discuss updates to KSDE’s foster program directory and...

Read more...

KASB Calendar Survey for 2017-2018 school year released

The KASB Research Department has released the 2017 Calendar Survey Annual Report.  This year's report is an expanded look into the data compared to previous years.  The survey report, based on data collected from Kansas public school districts, includes information on the length of the school year and day, hours and days teachers are contracted to work, holidays, opening and closing dates for the school year, kindergarten programs and high school scheduling.  The report contains both state averages and the information on the variety of scheduling choices made by local school boards. Most of the information is available in the same...

Read more...

2017 Westar Energy STEM Innovative Curriculum Grant Awards Announced

Westar Energy, in cooperation with the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Kansas State Department of Education, announces recipients of the third annual Westar Energy STEM Innovative Curriculum grants. Each project receives a $3,000 grant from Westar Energy aimed at increasing student interest and academic achievement in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines as applied to electrical energy. A focus on expanding the diversity of students involved in STEM education is of particular interest in the grant program. Westar Energy’s Jerl Banning, senior vice-president, operations support and administration, said the project is exactly on track to meet the...

Read more...

School-based Medicaid again at risk in Senate Obamacare repeal effort

Kansas school board members and their allies must once again ask U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to defend school-based Medicaid services as a new health care overhaul bill appears to be gaining traction in the U.S. Senate.  Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have authored the latest Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. As with previous Congressional repeal attempts, the Graham-Cassidy measure contains an annual per-capita cap on Medicaid payments to states. School districts across the United States routinely use Medicaid reimbursements to help pay for...

Read more...

Child Welfare System Task Force to meet Tuesday

A task force studying Kansas’ child welfare system will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in room 112-North in the Statehouse.  Headed by state Rep. Steve Alford, R-Ulysses, the Child Welfare System Task Force was formed during the last legislative session after a state audit found problems within the Kansas Department for Children and Families in the oversight of foster care.  The task force is charged with looking into DCF oversight, and other groups that provide child welfare services and into the contributing factors of the increasing number of children in the child welfare system. 

Read more...

KASB Fall Regionals will feature discussions on challenges and changes

With the 2018 legislative session right around the corner and the political/election season already here, it is important that supporters of Kansas public schools be organized and informed to advocate for their issues.    The upcoming KASB Fall Regional meetings will provide an excellent opportunity for education advocates to discuss the state of Kansas education, how school districts are implementing their vision and how to form a pro-active education agenda for the coming year  School districts will share information during the meetings about their challenges and opportunities in trying to improve the success of their students.   In addition to presentations from one or...

Read more...

Comparing Kansas 2017

A webinar-press conference of KASB’s new Comparing Kansas 2017 has been archived and can be viewed here.  The report is also online. Here are links to the Full Report; Executive Summary; Supplemental Information.  The report shows that Kansas ranks 10th among states across numerous academic measurements, but Kansas outcomes are starting to fall as total funding per pupil fell behind most states from 2008-15.  “There is growing evidence that as Kansas has fallen behind in educational funding, we are also falling behind in student success outcomes,” said Mark Tallman, KASB associate executive director. “We are in danger of falling from a top achieving...

Read more...

Webinar at 10:30 a.m. today on new KASB report comparing Kansas student achievement, funding to other states

KASB will release a new report on how Kansas compares to other states on student achievement, K-12 funding and allocation of resources at 10:30 a.m. today during a webinar.  The report will be presented by KASB Associate Executive Director Mark Tallman and Research Specialist Ted Carter via a YouTube Live stream from the KASB office. Media and others can ask questions via chat, or in person at the KASB office, 1420 SW Arrowhead in Topeka. Both Tallman and Carter will be available for phone interviews after the presentation.  The report will focus on two major trends: Kansas education measures, while still...

Read more...

New KASB report shows rising K-12 problems

Warning lights are flashing in the Kansas public school system after years of inadequate K-12 funding, according to the KASB Comparing Kansas 2017 report released Thursday.  “There is growing evidence that as Kansas has fallen behind in educational funding, we are also falling behind in student success outcomes,” said Mark Tallman, KASB associate executive director. “We are in danger of falling from a top achieving state to average or worse,” Tallman said.  (Links: Full Report; Executive Summary; Supplemental Information)   The analysis shows Kansas has maintained its 10th rank among states over numerous student academic measurements and every state that ranks higher...

Read more...