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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Tue. Feb. 5

Tuesday was a busy day for public schools and education-related issues both in Topeka and Manhattan. Legislators worked on the state pension system, K-12 and child welfare while the KASB and USA-Kansas first-ever Women’s Leadership Summit wrapped up with inspiring sessions in Manhattan. KASB President-Elect Shannon Kimball, who serves on the USD 497 Lawrence board of education, kicked off the morning at the Leadership Summit by recounting her journey from Kansas farm girl to young attorney to stay-at-home mom to school board member and local politician. Liberal USD 480 Superintendent Renae Hickert gave a session on managing conflict and its aftermath and [...]

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KASB Education Daily Roundup for Mon. Feb. 4

Pensions, concurrent enrollment and mental health were before the Legislature on Monday. The Kansas Senate advanced a bill to make a $115 million payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. A final Senate vote is expected Tuesday. State Sen. Rick Billinger, R-Goodland, urged passage of SB 9, saying the state had promised to make the payment and had enough revenue now. Some Democrats said it would be better to wait for legislators to make decisions on state spending before committing the funds to KPERS. If approved, the measure, which would go toward the public school group of KPERS, would then be [...]

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KASB’s BOLD leadership class coming to Topeka this week

The 2018-19 BOLD class of school district administrative leaders will learn about insurance, risk management, employer paid benefits, budgeting and working with school board members during a two-day meeting this week in Topeka. The meeting will take place Thursday and Friday at Topeka USD 501’s Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers and the KASB office. BOLD stands for Business Operations Leadership Development; a project offered by KASB’s Leadership Services. The program focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies and planning, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. Six sessions [...]

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School leaders needed in Topeka on Wednesday for finance and board meeting hearings; communication with legislators

School leaders wanting a direct voice to their legislators are encouraged to travel to Topeka on Wednesday, Feb. 6, for a pair of hearings and possible action on a major tax bill with implications for the state budget and K-12 funding.  School Finance. The Senate Select Committee on Education Finance has scheduled a hearing on SB 44, which would enact Gov. Laura Kelly’s school funding recommendation, in Room 144-S at 1:30 p.m. KASB believes this proposal has the best chance to resolve the Gannon lawsuit and provide stable, adequate school budgets for the next four years. The bill adds the [...]

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Annual PR program has three key parts

By G. Kent Stewart, School Admin Prof. Emeritus, KSU, bcsgks1@cox.net This series on district level public relations activities concludes with this issue of School Board Review. It has surely been my pleasure to share with you during the past year. In the most recent issue, we looked briefly at one proven model for evaluating the PR program. It’s now time to write your district PR activities for the coming year. That is, put the plan on paper. Since district level PR activities may occur all year, the annual plan can be based on a July through June fiscal year or the [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Thur. Jan. 31

On Thursday, a Senate committee approved a tax cut that could reduce revenue by more than $420 million over three years and the House and Senate education committees heard from children and parent advocates. Here is a link to a more detailed story about SB 22, which was approved by the Senate Select Committee on Federal Tax Code Implementation. KASB, in written testimony here, expressed serious concerns with the legislation because of the impact it could have on school funding. KASB urges education leaders to speak with their senators about the measure, which may be voted on next week in [...]

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Senate committee advances bill cutting taxes; KASB has serious concerns

Republican senators Thursday advanced a tax cut bill primarily aimed at helping corporations. KASB testified as neutral on SB 22, but expressed serious concerns with the legislation because of the impact it could have on school funding. The measure was approved on a voice vote by the Senate Select Committee on Federal Tax Code Implementation and will next be considered by the full Senate, possibly next week. Republicans supported the measure while the committee’s two Democrats voiced opposition. Gov. Laura Kelly has urged the Legislature to hold off on tax cuts because of the state's fragile budget situation. SB 22 would [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup for Wed. Jan. 30

Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday launched a new group that is tasked with integrating Kansas education from prenatal to adults retraining for the changing economy. And in other education developments, the House K-12 Education Budget Committee heard about the success of the pilot School Mental Health Intervention program and a hearing has been set for Kelly’s proposed school funding plan — SB 44 — for Wednesday before the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance. At the initial meeting of the Governor’s Council on Education, Kelly said, “None of us can do this alone. We have got to work together,” she [...]

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KASB projects slight enrollment decline

by Ted Carter, tcarter@kasb.org KASB’s annual enrollment projection indicates enrollment numbers will gradually decline from 499,034 in 2018-19 to 490,383 in 2023-24, which is a 1.7 percent decline in overall enrollment. The following table shows the total numbers for each year and the percent change from the previous year: KASB’s estimate does not take into consideration things such as commercial and residential development or other factors that could influence increases or decreases in student enrollment within public school districts. A ratio is calculated between county-level live birth rates and first grade enrollment within each district seven years later across the most recent [...]

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