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State and national experts on tap for IDEA workshops

State and national experts on special education advocacy and practice will present at KASB’s IDEA workshops later this month. Click here to register.   The workshops are on Aug. 27 in Topeka; Aug. 28 in Dodge City and Aug. 29 in Salina. Each workshop will feature regional special education experts and KASB General Counsel and Assistant Executive Director of Policy Donna Whiteman. National School Boards Association Chief Advocacy Officer Chip Slaven will join KASB Advocacy staff Leah Fliter and Rob Gilligan and NSBA Western Region Director Frank Henderson of the Seaman USD 345 Board of Education to brief attendees on the...

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Application deadline today for KASB’s new Advanced Advocacy Training Institute

The application deadline for the first KASB Advanced Advocacy Training Institute (AATI) is fast approaching, and interested parties are encouraged to send their completed applications soon.   Designed to put a greater focus on developing a network of public education advocates throughout Kansas, the AATI Program will give participants added skills and training in effectively supporting our K-12 system.    The program begins at the end of August with a training session on federal Issues that will include support from NSBA Chief Lobbyist, Chip Slaven. In October, KASB Prestige Partner Piper Jafray will host a visit to USD 266 Maize where we will...

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KASB hosts session on leading change for school redesign teams

Over 250 educators from the “Apollo” school redesign districts received training in the art and science of leading change this week, led by KASB’s leadership services staff.  The Apollo schools are the fourth group approved by the Kansas State Board of Education for the Kansans Can “Moonshot” redesign program, which began with the Mercury 7 districts in 2017. The purpose of the program is to increase student graduation rates, postsecondary education and preparation for adult life through more individualized education that better engages students.  Redesigning schools to improve student success, particularly for students who continue to struggle in the current system,...

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Congress and White House agree to two-year budget deal

Last week, the Senate passed a two-year, $2.7 trillion budget agreement. The measure increases overall spending by $320 billion over the next two years and lifts the debt ceiling until 2021. The deal includes an aggregate $57 billion increase for non-defense programs, including education.The package is expected to be signed by the president. With the new budget deal in place, the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to begin making significant progress on the fiscal year 2020 during September and October. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) will strongly encourage Senate appropriators to follow the House’s lead in approving significant...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Many decisions await board members who ‘faithfully discharge’ their duties

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 By the time this article hits your mailboxes, local election season will be upon us, with primaries on August 6 and the general election on November 5. Thinking back to my very first school board meeting in 2011, I remember feeling excited and nervous as our county clerk stood to administer the oath of office to me and three other new board members. When we are sworn in, we repeat those words after the clerk, sit down, and get right to business. We may or may not reflect closely upon the words of the oath...

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KASB legal team providing inservice training

As the start of the new school year approaches, KASB attorneys are on the road providing training and resources to help education officials. This week, they are leading inservice sessions on principal training, sexual harassment and racial discrimination laws, discipline procedures, administrative training and bullying. Next week, KASB lawyers will be visiting districts to discuss school law, social media, confidentiality and other “hot” topics. The KASB Legal and Policy Services team can keep you informed on new and emerging legal developments and issues that will arise during the school year. Members of KASB can schedule KASB attorneys to provide training to board...

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Anti-bullying task force receives expert testimony

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying met in Salina on Monday to continue gathering data and public input. The task force will make recommendations to the Kansas Legislature in January 2020.  As the task force meets across the state, a new national report offers some insights into the bullying; you can read KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman’s blog about it at this link.  Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson announced the formation of the Task Force in March, citing data that 28 percent of students in grades six through twelve experience bullying. Bullying has also...

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Department of Homeland Security hosts discussion on school security 

The Department of Homeland Security held an initial roundtable discussion last week about the development of a federal clearinghouse to share best practices regarding school security. The clearinghouse was a recommendation from the school safety commission to “assess, identify, and share best practices related to school security measures, technologies, and innovations.” These topics were recently the focus of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. With states like Florida implementing new data systems designed to prevent school violence, NSBA is urging members to be actively involved in state and local discussions about this topic, so that decision-makers...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables continue this week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe

Hot education topics ranging from student safety to school redesign are among those being discussed at KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings that continue this week. Meetings will be held Tuesday in McPherson and Greenbush; Wednesday in Haysville and Topeka and Thursday in Olathe. At meetings last week in Stafford, Hiawatha and Colby, school board members and other leaders discussed challenges and opportunities for the upcoming school year. In addition to student safety and redesign, the topics focused on were legislative priorities, the 2020 Census and local issues. For more information and to register online go to www.kasb.org and click on the specific...

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Grant opportunity for education technology for students with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is taking grant applications for the “Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning” program. The purposes of this program are to: “(1) improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for children with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials...

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