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Governor’s Council on Tax Reform readies initial recommendations for upcoming legislative session

The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform on Tuesday recommended ways to expand the tax base and reinstate a food sales tax rebate for low-income Kansans.  The council’s recommendations will go to Gov. Laura Kelly in preparation for the 2020 legislative session, which starts Jan. 13, and then the council will continue working on further tax reform for the 2021 session.  On Tuesday, the tax council voted to support a mix of recommendations related to discussions members had been having throughout the fall. The first recommendation adopted was to support proposed legislation on collecting taxes for online sales through Marketplace Facilitators. This recommendation...

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Education advocates urged to participate in upcoming economic town hall meetings

Education advocates are urged to participate in a series of town hall meetings next week that are focused on gathering public input on economic development. The Kansas Framework for Growth meetings were announced by Commerce Secretary David Toland as part of the economic planning process that had been kicked off earlier this year by Gov. Laura Kelly. “We’ve been very deliberate in engaging businesses and community partners in this process, and we’ve had great participation so far,” Toland said. “Now, we’re really looking forward to hearing more from the public about what they believe are our biggest opportunities and how we...

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Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying finalizes report

The Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying on Monday finalized its report, offering a wide range of recommendations aimed at helping schools reduce bullying. The report says schools should provide a safe and caring environment and that anti-bullying plans must address the differing needs of staff and students identified by sex, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious faith and socio-economic status. The task force also recommends new resources of funding for more mental health workers in schools. The task force’s work will be presented to the State Board of Education on Dec. 10 and then later...

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Candidates for KASB Regional Vice President in regions 4,5,6 and 10

KASB Regional Vice-President elections will be held for Regions 4, 5, 6 and 10 on Sunday during the 2019 KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. The elections will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Eagle Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency. There is one vote per member district. In contested races, candidates can give a 3-minute statement. Regional vice-presidents serve a three-year term as members of the KASB Board of Directors. Members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms on the board. The Board meets five times a year at the KASB office in Topeka. Region 4 candidates are Bruce Coleman, Wamego...

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Dennis, Galyon named Kansans of the Year by Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas

Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis and award-winning songwriter and producer Nicolle Galyon will be honored as Kansans of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. The public is invited to honor Dennis and Galyon at a banquet Jan. 24 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka. The Kansans of the Year Award is given annually to individuals who have made contributions to Kansas, the nation and the world. Dennis, who has served for more than 50 years at the Kansas State Department of Education, is an icon in public education and is viewed by many as the foremost...

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State auditor warns school districts to be on alert for scam

The Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit is warning school superintendents of a scam directed at school districts and other local agencies in Kansas and across the nation. Legislative Post Auditor Justin Stowe said he has already heard of a couple of school districts in other states that have been victimized by the fraud. Under the scam, a fraudster will get a copy of a state or local agency’s direct deposit, or automated clearing house (ACH) change request form. They then will pretend to be the employee or an agency vendor and send the deposit request form to the payroll or...

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Registrations up for KASB Annual Conference

After local school board elections and the appearance of numerous education issues on the horizon, registrations are up for the 2019 KASB Annual Conference.  As of Tue. Dec. 3, there were 551 school board members and school administrators registered to attend the Dec. 6-8 conference at the Hyatt Regency & Century II Convention Center in Wichita. That’s the highest total since 2009 when 658 registered.  The conference is the largest gathering in the state of local school board members and offers a wide range of activities, breakout sessions and nationally-recognized keynote speakers designed to help local school board members fulfill their...

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Winfield USD 465 preschool teacher named 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Tabatha C. Rosproy Tabatha Rosproy, a preschool teacher at Winfield Early Learning Center, Winfield USD 465, has been named the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson made the announcement at a gathering of 470 people during the Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Wichita. “It is my honor to present the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year designation to Tabatha,” Watson said. “She is a great example of the quality teachers we have in Kansas and is very deserving of this honor. Tabatha knows how important social-emotional learning is and...

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Kansas youth trends show decrease in cigarette smoking but increase in vaping

The percentage of high school students who smoke cigarettes has dropped but the percentage who have used electronic vapor products, such as e-cigarettes, has increased dramatically, according to trend data in the 2019 Kansas Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  The results indicate that decades of warnings about the health dangers of cigarette smoking seem to have worked but that progress may be undermined by the rise in recent years of vaping.  In recent months, several deaths across the country, including Kansas, have been blamed, in part, on vaping and health officials are seeing a wave of young people becoming newly addicted to...

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Moeckel provides KELI mentoring

KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Dr. Doug Moeckel is traveling the state this week to offer professional mentoring through the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI).   KELI, based at Kansas State University in Manhattan, was established in 2011 to support the professional growth of educational leaders Kansas schools need for the 21st Century. KELI inducts and mentors new superintendents and principals and facilitates professional learning opportunities for district and school leaders and leadership teams. KELI regional meetings are this week in Topeka (Wednesday), Thursday (Goddard) and Friday (Scott City).  Moeckel will work with the regional leaders on “Building Leadership for Change.”  Moeckel has...

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