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Advisory council discusses Erin’s Law on child sex abuse

Members of a new advisory council are searching for ways to help teachers train to protect their students from sexual assault and abuse.  But some members of the Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council also said Thursday that many teachers are already overwhelmed with classroom demands, mental health resources have decreased and teacher training must be relevant and not simply an item to be marked off a checklist.  The council was established by the State Board of Education to advise on unmet needs in school mental health and coordinate with legislators and stakeholders in efforts to benefit students in social and...

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Letter from KASB to Sens. Roberts, Moran on ill-considered Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill

Dear Senators, The Kansas Association of School Boards strongly urges you to protect Kansas students if the Senate debates the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform proposal. We have serious concerns about the measure’s impact on Kansas public schools. Our primary concern is that the proposal’s restructuring of the Medicaid entitlement program appears to go far beyond repealing and replacing ‘‘Obamacare.’’ It will directly impact Kansas schools that provide special education services to students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As you are likely aware, the IDEA mandates that special education students receive in-school speech, physical, or behavioral therapy and mental health...

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KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow class headed west

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow (LFT) Class of 2017 will visit the Ness City and Garden City school districts this week to learn how western Kansas schools address their unique challenges. Class members will also learn how to communicate in times of crisis and lead their communities through change.  The LFT western tour kicks off Thursday morning at Ness City High School, where USD 303 Superintendent Derek Reinhardt will showcase the school’s popular “tiny house” project that offers construction trades students a hands-on way to strengthen their building skills and learn practical applications for math, language arts and other academic standards....

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Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council to receive information on staff training, Erin’s Law

The Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council will meet Thursday and receive information on required school staff training in mental health and possible future proposals. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. in Topeka. The 29-member council was established by the State Board of Education to advise on unmet needs in school mental health and coordinate with legislators and stakeholders in efforts to benefit students in social and emotional growth. State Board Vice Chair Kathy Busch serves as chair. The council will receive briefings on how existing requirements related to mental health are carried out in...

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Numerous problems cited in state’s ability to take care of children who need help

A lack of resources, shortage of foster homes and the effects of recent juvenile justice reforms are causing problems in the state’s ability to take care of children who need help, a new task force heard Tuesday.  One of the most immediate concerns is that some children with serious problems are being forced to spend the night in the offices of foster care contractors because there is no room for them in a foster home, psychiatric treatment facility or other placement.  One hundred and 11 times in the last fiscal year, children had to spend the night in the offices of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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