Professional Personnel

KASB’s Annual Conference room block, registration opens Monday

Outstanding speakers, three rounds of breakout sessions and the ever-popular vendor exhibits and trade show are just a few of the highlights planned for the 2017 KASB Annual Conference Dec. 1, 2 and 3 in Wichita. This year's annual conference has a unique twist: the celebration of KASB's 100th year of service! The room block and conference registration opens at 8 a.m. Mon. Oct. 2. Find more information online at www.kasb.org/kasbcon.   KASB member organization receives one free full registration to the conference, making it easier to bring your team and get the most out of this opportunity. Pre-conference sessions start Fri. Dec....

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Districts increase teaching time, all day kindergarten following funding boost

New data in the KASB Calendar Survey for the 2017-2018 school year show several areas were increased school funding from the state may be having an impact. Not all districts have completed this year's survey, so results could change. Based on preliminary data, the length of the school year has increased for the first time in more than a decade. After declining by almost 10 days between 2002 and 2017, the average number of days for students increased this year by just over one-half day, from 167.5 to 168.2.  As the KASB report shows, there is considerable variation from the average...

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KASB launches regional meetings focusing on reinvestment, redesign and results

The Kansas Association of School Boards is launching four weeks of regional meetings, school visits and social media to promote understanding of a "New Day" for Kansas public education.  KASB will focus on three areas:  Reinvest – After years of falling behind inflation and other states, school districts are using additional funding to restore programs and people cut since 2009 and adding new programs to help students, families and communities. Research shows education funding is real investment in the state's future.  Redesign – Each of 10 regional meetings will feature presentations from school leaders who are part of the State...

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Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council to receive information on staff training, Erin’s Law

The Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council will meet Thursday and receive information on required school staff training in mental health and possible future proposals. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. in Topeka. The 29-member council was established by the State Board of Education to advise on unmet needs in school mental health and coordinate with legislators and stakeholders in efforts to benefit students in social and emotional growth. State Board Vice Chair Kathy Busch serves as chair. The council will receive briefings on how existing requirements related to mental health are carried out in...

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KASB Calendar Survey for 2017-2018 school year released

The KASB Research Department has released the 2017 Calendar Survey Annual Report.  This year's report is an expanded look into the data compared to previous years.  The survey report, based on data collected from Kansas public school districts, includes information on the length of the school year and day, hours and days teachers are contracted to work, holidays, opening and closing dates for the school year, kindergarten programs and high school scheduling.  The report contains both state averages and the information on the variety of scheduling choices made by local school boards. Most of the information is available in the same...

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Webinar at 10:30 a.m. today on new KASB report comparing Kansas student achievement, funding to other states

KASB will release a new report on how Kansas compares to other states on student achievement, K-12 funding and allocation of resources at 10:30 a.m. today during a webinar.  The report will be presented by KASB Associate Executive Director Mark Tallman and Research Specialist Ted Carter via a YouTube Live stream from the KASB office. Media and others can ask questions via chat, or in person at the KASB office, 1420 SW Arrowhead in Topeka. Both Tallman and Carter will be available for phone interviews after the presentation.  The report will focus on two major trends: Kansas education measures, while still...

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New KASB report shows rising K-12 problems

Warning lights are flashing in the Kansas public school system after years of inadequate K-12 funding, according to the KASB Comparing Kansas 2017 report released Thursday.  “There is growing evidence that as Kansas has fallen behind in educational funding, we are also falling behind in student success outcomes,” said Mark Tallman, KASB associate executive director. “We are in danger of falling from a top achieving state to average or worse,” Tallman said.  (Links: Full Report; Executive Summary; Supplemental Information)   The analysis shows Kansas has maintained its 10th rank among states over numerous student academic measurements and every state that ranks higher...

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Numerous school issues under study; KASB seeks input from education advocates

While the biggest issue that could develop this fall for the 2018 Legislature is the Kansas Supreme Court decision on the Gannon school finance case, there are a number of other issues being studied by legislative committees, the State Board of Education and other groups that could have a major impact on school district operations, programs and governance.  KASB has prepared a document --Tracking Major K-12 Education Issues -- listing these issues that will be updated regularly with new developments. KASB has also prepared a Legislative Issues Feedback Survey for members to provide input on these efforts. A webinar by...

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KASB webinar at 12:30 p.m. Monday on tracking Kansas’ major K-12 education issues

KASB Associate Executive Director Mark Tallman will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. Monday to highlight education issues of interest to public school advocates.  To watch and participate in the webinar, go to KASB Newsmakers. Here is a link to the “Tracking Major K-12 Education Issues, Fall 2017” document that Tallman will review during the webinar and update as developments occur.  Some of the major items up for study by interim legislative committees and other panels include the new school finance law, how school districts purchase goods and services and employee health insurance. There also is a task force studying the...

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Deadline is Sept. 15 to apply for KASB’s new BOLD leadership program

The deadline is fast approaching to submit an application to participate in KASB’s new BOLD project, which will help school leaders develop further leadership skills on the business side of operating a school district.  BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) will deal with the financial, facilities and planning side of school operations.  KASB staff, business experts and KASB partners will lead training sessions that deal with building and facilities planning; technology; finance strategies; procurement; security; risk management and human resources.  The deadline to submit an application to join the BOLD class is Sept. 15. The first session is scheduled for October. For more...

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