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School districts should be on alert for email-paycheck scam

School districts should be on alert about cyber-scammers using email to get a district employee’s paycheck. The fraudulent email usually says the employee has changed banks and needs to have their paycheck re-routed. The problem is, the money is sent to a fake account. School districts are urged to have processes in place to ward off such attacks. This would include personal verification by contacting the employee before authorizing such a payroll change. Districts that are victimized by such a scam should check with their property and casualty insurance carrier to see if such a loss is covered.

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Deadline to register in Nov. 5 election is Tuesday

Are you registered to vote in the Nov. 5 election? If not, or if you need to update your registration, Tuesday is the deadline to register. For more information, go to this link. On Nov. 5, Kansans will vote on a variety of municipal, school board, other elected positions, local questions and a constitutional amendment.  

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50 years ago, Kansans set up the State Board of Education

In the early days of the Kansas State Board of Education, board members raced to get up to speed on public education issues and were quickly immersed in the politics of the day, according to news articles and minutes of board meetings from the late 1960s. This year represents the 50th anniversary of the board’s existence.   On Nov. 8, 1966, Kansas voters approved a constitutional amendment on education that essentially modernized the state’s education system into what we know today.   The change created an elected State Board of Education, instead of one appointed by the governor, and replaced the Kansas State...

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KASB workshop designed to help teachers, administrators make all students feel welcome

Craig Wilford, with KASB Leadership Services, is on a mission to help schools make all students feel welcome and worthy.  Wilford is leading a KASB workshop on “Developing Cultural Proficiency” that will be held  Wed. Oct. 30 in Topeka. Here is a link for more information.   Developing cultural proficiency in schools is about enabling teachers and staff to look at the school experience through the eyes of those who may be different than they are.  “To put it into a nutshell, it’s really about respecting and recognizing individual students and their differences, making every student valuable and worthy within your school building,”...

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State Board of Education combines busy agenda with 50th anniversary

At this month’s State Board of Education meeting, the board will observe its 50th anniversary with a history lesson and reception while also conducting business as it has for the past half-century — meeting, discussing and making decisions on a broad range of education policy issues. The State Board meets Tuesday and Wednesday; here is a link to the agenda. Mary Madden, museum and education division director for the Kansas State Historical Society, will present a summary of the State Board’s origins. Following her presentation, there will be a reception to celebrate the anniversary and citizen leadership in public education. The first...

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Education groups, including NSBA, push for protections of gay, lesbian, transgender employees and students

In a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, NSBA and other leading education groups say the main federal anti-discrimination law protects transgender, gay and lesbian employees and students.  Last week, the court held two hours of arguments over whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation or transgender status.   The dispute arises from on-the-job incidents, and experts agree a decision in the case could extend to both employees and students in public schools.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion....

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Key points on education: New resources plus redesigned schools equal student success, supporting a stronger Kansas

KASB is often asked to share key points about education issues. With school board and other local elections this fall and the 2020 Legislative session three months away, here are some ideas to consider for sharing.  The big question school leaders are going to have to answer is: What are you (school districts) doing with the billion-plus dollars you got from the Legislature? That’s the estimated total increase in base aid, local option budget funding and special education from 2017 to 2023, when the response to the Gannon lawsuit is fully implemented. And, it doesn’t include increased funding for KPERS,...

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Effective supervisor workshop focuses on communication, hiring and legal issues

Close to 60 directors, supervisors and administrators gathered Thursday in Topeka for the first of two “Becoming an Effective Supervisor: Director’s Workshops.” A repeat of this workshop is scheduled for Wed. Oct. 16 in Garden City.  The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. meeting focused on leadership, communication, hiring, evaluation and legal issues for classified and support personnel. Attendees learned about building trust, conducting difficult conversations, hiring the best candidate and becoming the leaders for change and improvement.  Gary Sechrist, KASB leadership services field specialist, led the group in discussions on effective communication and conducting difficult conversations with employees. His recommendations include...

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Advanced Advocacy Training Institute will meet in Maize

KASB’s new Advanced Advocacy Training Institute will conduct its second session Thursday in Maize.  The meeting will include deep dives into bond elections, understanding local school finance efforts, working with advocates and the media.  The Advanced Advocacy Training Institute represents KASB’s newest initiative to develop a network of education advocates throughout Kansas who have a full understanding of issues on the local, state and federal levels.  The objectives of AATI are to establish a network of support for public education; explore initiatives to increase student success; improve advocacy effectiveness and expand the diversity of advocates to participate in legislative and community outreach....

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High-quality, affordable early childhood programs needed in Kansas

In a conference room full of childcare providers, parents, political leaders and state agency officials, a Wichita businessman had the clearest message.  “This is a crisis,” said business leader and philanthropist Barry Downing. “To compete in a global economy, we need more students to get more education and parents to be able to work. That means we need to increase quality and access of early learning, because we are way behind.”  Downing, a panelist at Gov. Laura Kelly’s Symposium on Early Childhood on Monday in Wichita, launched a highly regarded program called The Opportunity Project in 2003, providing funding for high...

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