Safety and Security

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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Foster care problems require community-wide attention; DCF criticized

Officials with the state’s two foster care contractors said Tuesday that ensuring safe and timely services for children in the system will require a community-wide effort. Meanwhile, the Kansas Department for Children and Families continued to come under fire for its foster care oversight.   “We have to start looking at getting upstream,” said Chad Anderson, chief clinical officer for KVC Health Systems. “We can pull people out of the river downstream all day,” he said, but he said interventions are needed to help children and families before they require more intensive help. He added, “A large need in our...

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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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Parsons responds to challenging student, community needs

Parsons USD 503 is working to help its community respond to a series of economic and social challenges – some unique and many shared by towns all over Kansas. School leaders see the school system as a key part of building a better future.  High school principal Matt Rogers, who spoke to KASB's Region 3 meeting and Superintendent Linda Proehl visited Thursday with KASB about the district's efforts to reach students with an extraordinary range of needs and turn their focus to successful postsecondary education and careers.  "We still need to get many kids ready for traditional college, but we need...

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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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Advisory council discusses Erin’s Law on child sex abuse

Members of a new advisory council are searching for ways to help teachers train to protect their students from sexual assault and abuse.  But some members of the Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council also said Thursday that many teachers are already overwhelmed with classroom demands, mental health resources have decreased and teacher training must be relevant and not simply an item to be marked off a checklist.  The 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...

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Letter from KASB to Sens. Roberts, Moran on ill-considered Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill

Dear Senators, The Kansas Association of School Boards strongly urges you to protect Kansas students if the Senate debates the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform proposal. We have serious concerns about the measure’s impact on Kansas public schools. Our primary concern is that the proposal’s restructuring of the Medicaid entitlement program appears to go far beyond repealing and replacing ‘‘Obamacare.’’ It will directly impact Kansas schools that provide special education services to students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As you are likely aware, the IDEA mandates that special education students receive in-school speech, physical, or behavioral therapy and mental health...

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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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Numerous problems cited in state’s ability to take care of children who need help

A lack of resources, shortage of foster homes and the effects of recent juvenile justice reforms are causing problems in the state’s ability to take care of children who need help, a new task force heard Tuesday.  One of the most immediate concerns is that some children with serious problems are being forced to spend the night in the offices of foster care contractors because there is no room for them in a foster home, psychiatric treatment facility or other placement.  One hundred and 11 times in the last fiscal year, children had to spend the night in the offices of...

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KASB and KSDE review federal issues in live video

KASB and KSDE staffers reviewed federal education issues Tuesday in a live video interview that has been archived on KASB’s You Tube channel. Click on “KASB Newsmakers – Federal Programs Update with KSDE.”  Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter interviewed KSDE Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services Assistant Director Doug Boline, who specializes in foster care and migrant children programs, KansasStar and the Kansas Learning Network. Boline reviewed the federal Title funds that fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA was enacted in 2015 and replaces No Child...

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