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2020 Legislature starts; KASB provides coverage, analysis and advocacy

The 2020 legislative session starts today and KASB will provide updates throughout the session on social media, emailed news briefs and the KASB website.   In addition, as the Legislature gears up, KASB and USA-Kansas will conduct the annual Advocacy in Action conference in Topeka on Wednesday and Thursday. The conference will feature numerous sessions led by experts on the top education issues before the Legislature. For more information and to register go here.   On Wednesday, Gov. Laura Kelly will deliver her State of the State address, which will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. on public television stations throughout Kansas. KASB and...

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Registration open for March 24-25 Women’s Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register for the event, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy lifestyles, self-confident communication and communication strategies for the board and leadership teams. The summit is also a great opportunity for aspiring leaders, especially classroom teachers who desire...

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Many issues affecting public education swirling around Statehouse

By Scott Rothschild  In some ways, Kansas is experiencing the ad astra (to the stars) portion of its state motto after years of the per aspera (through difficulties).   The Gannon school finance lawsuit is somewhat settled, state revenues are recovering from the shortfalls of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration and Kansas attitudes have shifted dramatically. More than 77 percent of Kansans feel Kansas is on the “right track” when just three years ago, only 30 percent felt that way, according to the Kansas Speaks Survey done by Fort Hays State University.  But education advocates cannot get complacent because education issues will continue to...

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Bullying, vaping, school redesign on State Board of Education’s agenda

The State Board of Education on Tuesday will consider approval of task force recommendations to address bullying in schools. Here is a link to the State Board's agenda and backup materials. Last month, the board received the report from the Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying and praised many of its recommendations. The major recommendations include more teacher training, improved collection of data, continuation of social-emotional and character development education and increased support of local districts from the state. The State Board on Tuesday will also receive recommendations from the E-Cigarette/Vaping Task Force. Last month, the board approved prohibiting at school the...

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Bi-partisan Medicaid expansion breakthrough announced

Gov. Laura Kelly and state Sen. Jim Denning on Thursday announced a bi-partisan plan to expand Medicaid, which could provide health care coverage for approximately 150,000 Kansans. The announcement represents a milestone in the battle to make Kansas the 37th state to expand health care, but Kelly, Denning and advocates cautioned that the fight will continue during the 2020 session that starts Monday to bring the plan across the finish line. “We are not here to declare victory,” Kelly said. “We have a long way to go in this process.” Denning, R-Overland Park, who is the Senate Majority Leader, said the bill...

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Being counted in the upcoming 2020 Census makes dollars and sense for communities

By Rob Gilligan, rgilligan@kasb.org The 2020 Census is now less than three months away, and efforts to make sure we have an accurate and complete count are beginning to ramp up. One of the ways education leaders can help is to be champions for this important work and share how critical it is to schools and communities that we work together for a good count on April 1. Here are some great talking points and opportunities to highlight as we move toward spring. Community opportunities Beyond the constitutional requirement for appropriation of seats for the House of Representatives, the Census has become...

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Gov. Kelly announces plan to consolidate social service agencies

Just days before the state of the 2020 legislative session, Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced a move to create a new state agency that will consolidate numerous social service programs that affect Kansas families and children. Kelly will submit to the Legislature an executive reorganization order to create the Kansas Department of Human Services. That agency would take in programs at the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the juvenile services division of the Kansas Department of Corrections. Kelly said the move will improve services and help Kansans who needs those...

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KASB Live pre-session webinar at 10:30 a.m. today to start coverage of 2020 legislative session

KASB Live returns at 10:30 a.m. today to offer a preview of the 2020 legislative session, which starts Monday. Here is a link to the webinar. KASB’s Advocacy team will provide analysis of what to expect in the coming months as legislators return to Topeka. From at-risk funding, Medicaid expansion, bullying, vaping, and more, KASB will set up what is likely to be debated during the session. After the live presentation, the interactive broadcast will be archived and available as a video and podcast. Here is a link to the KASB Live Youtube channel and here is a link to KASB...

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KASB Workers’ Compensation Board of Trustees to meet

The KASB Workers’ Compensation Board of Trustees will meet Friday and start work on putting together rates for the next school year. The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. at KASB headquarters in Topeka. The Board of Trustees is composed of locally-elected board of education members and governs the KASB Workers Compensation Fund, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of KASB. The Fund was created in 1987 by the association to provide KASB members with affordable, reliable insurance. The fund operates solely for the benefit of KASB members and is designed to return favorable operating results to members through dividends or a...

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KASB President’s Perspective: KASB completes year in a strong position

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Welcome to a new year! And welcome to the 2020 legislative session. This month, I want to give you a short update on the work of your KASB board of directors and staff in 2019 and to note a couple of issues to keep an eye on as the legislative session gets underway. If you have visited the KASB website recently, you have seen this header: Leading Success! The Kansas Association of School Boards is proud to support you in your role as a local leader. So what has KASB accomplished in 2019 toward providing that...

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