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In past State of State addresses, Brownback has always talked about education

In his seven previous State of the State addresses, Gov. Sam Brownback has had a lot to say about public school education and the Kansas Supreme Court’s handling of school finance.    In his eighth and final State of the State scheduled for Tuesday, Brownback says he plans to talk about school finance some more, offering a response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s latest decision that the state’s funding system is inadequate and needs to be fixed.  Brownback, a former U.S. senator, was elected governor in November 2010. Taking office two months later and during the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood, Brownback...

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December 2017 Policy Update is available

The December 2017 Policy Update is available to KASB members and offers information on changes in legal procedures and a review of issues that need to be on your radar.  The update, which has been edited and revised by KASB Legal/Policy staff, includes information on justifications for recessing into executive sessions, sample motions to go into executive session and a new feature called “Fireside Chat,” which reviews policies and issues that school leaders should be aware of. The purpose of these revisions and new policy and procedure offerings is primarily to ensure compliance with new laws and regulations.     

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KASB releases four administrator survey annual reports

The KASB Research Department has released four survey annual reports related to School Administrators in Kansas.  They are:  The Superintendent Survey Annual Report, which provides information on salary, benefits, demographics, and contract details for Superintendents in Kansas Public Schools.  The Principals and Assistant Principals Survey Annual Report, which provides information on salary, benefits, demographics, school details, and contract details for Principals and Assistant Principals in Kansas Public Schools.  The Central Office Staff Survey Annual Report, which provides information on salary, benefits, demographics, title, area of responsibility, and contract details for supervisory staff working at the district central offices in...

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SBR: KASB celebrates 100 years of service

KASB celebrated its centennial anniversary at its annual conference in Wichita by reflecting on its past of service to public education and preparing for a future that promises to be dominated by rapid change. From Friday through Sunday, more than 500 school board members and administrators from across the state attended the event, which offered dozens of educational sessions, leadership training, school visits and more than 100 exhibitors. In the general session keynote address, Matt Beaudreau, a millennial expert from The Center for Generation Kinetics, talked about the characteristics of millennials, who are quickly becoming the largest and most influential demographic...

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Mental health advisory council close to making recommendations

The Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council is getting close to making recommendations on ways to improve training for school workers in numerous areas.  The council met Tuesday and worked in small groups to discuss ways to form an integrated system of mental health training that would include programs addressing bullying, suicide, child sexual abuse and other forms of trauma.  Members of the council have repeatedly emphasized they want to help teachers and others benefit from effective training instead of burdening educators with mandated programs.  “We want a healthy mental health culture at our schools,” said Chair Kathy Busch, who also serves...

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November issue of KASB’s School Board Review is online

The November issue of School Board Review, which highlights KASB’s 100th Celebration, is online and will soon be in your mailboxes.  The issue covers landmark legal decisions on education, including a column by KASB Executive Director John Heim on the Brown v. Board decision that desegregated public schools.  The issue also looks at student fees, provides an update on KASB Board actions, school finance and numerous other issues facing K-12 education in Kansas.  In addition, the issue focuses on KASB’s 100th annual conference that will be held Dec. 1-3 in Wichita. We hope you enjoy School Board Review and please submit any...

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KASB Legislative Committee forwards platform to members

KASB’s Legislative Committee on Nov. 4 approved draft policy language to set the organization’s 2018 legislative priorities in Topeka and Washington, D.C. The recommendations will be finalized by the KASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 3 in Wichita during the association's annual conference.  The committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of KASB’s ten geographic regions and the state’s five largest school districts, recommended the organization adopt a 2018 state resolution focusing on the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision in the Gannon school finance case. Here is a link to the report.  The resolution, entitled “Reinvest, Redesign, Results: Continuing Improvement in Kansas...

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Teachers need more money and respect, officials say

Facing a teacher shortage, state education leaders said teachers need more money and respect. In a discussion Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, State Board of Education member Jim McNiece said President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have established a tone that doesn’t present public education in a positive light. Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson said teachers deserve a fair wage and that many teachers generally feel they get blamed for problems in society. Watson said Kansas is two years away from a severe teacher shortage because of a declining number of people who are studying to...

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KASB webinar at 12:30 p.m. today on numerous education issues

The KASB advocacy staff will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today on the status of numerous Kansas education issues. The webinar can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/KASBVideo/live. You will need to sign in with a Google account to ask questions during the webinar. If you have difficulties accessing the webinar, contact KASB Governmental Relations Specialist Rob Gilligan at rgilligan@kasb.org. Those participating in the webinar are encouraged to review KASB’s Issue Tracker, which lists developments and studies under way at the state and federal levels. In addition to responding to the Kansas Supreme Court decision on school finance, legislators and other policymakers are...

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KASB updates Issue Tracker to follow state and local developments

After several weeks on the road for regional meetings and reporting on Kansas school districts, the KASB Advocacy Staff has updated its education Issue Tracker, which lists new developments and studies under way at the state and federal levels.  School leaders can use this report to follow major issues, provide input and give reaction to their state and federal representatives. There is also an interactive survey for input.  Among the recent additions to the report: the Kansas Supreme Court's latest school finance decision; lack of action by Congress that could cut insurance for Kansas children; appointments to a task force on...

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