State Board of Ed

State Board of Education taking up mental health recommendations

The State Board of Education will consider recommendations designed to improve suicide awareness, prevention and training during its monthly meeting this week. On Tuesday, the State Board will take up the recommendations from the School Mental Health Advisory Council to align requirements of the Jason Flatt Act,

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Next phase of Kansans Can School Redesign Project — Apollo — is announced

The Kansas State Department of Education has opened the application period for its newest installment of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. The latest one is called Apollo in keeping with the theme of U.S. space exploration efforts. The first two redesign groups were dubbed Mercury 7 and Gemini I and Gemini II. Under the redesign project, schools are realigned to focus on five outcomes for student success. Those are social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, high school graduation and post-secondary success. Districts selected for the Apollo project may designate one or more elementary and/or secondary school to be redesigned. [...]

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State moves forward on strategic plan for early childhood services

Kansas education officials have approved spending about $4.5 million in grant funds aimed at improving the quality of early childhood services in Kansas. The funding in the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five was provided by the federal government and authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Last week, the State Board of Education approved spending up to $4.5 million for one year of planning to the University of Kansas Center for Research. The grant involves developing a statewide needs assessment, maximizing parental involvement and sharing best practices. The Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute will conduct 20 community engagement sessions with [...]

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Dyslexia task force puts together set of recommendations

The Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia has put together a set of wide-ranging recommendations aimed at helping educators help students who are struggling in reading.  The proposals, finalized Thursday, will now go to the State Board of Education on Tuesday and then later to House and Senate education committees for review.  A pricetag wasn’t put on the recommendations, but task force members said they would like to keep the group going for the next several years to monitor progress and implementation. The task force tabbed the State Board of Education for putting the proposals into motion with funding approved by the [...]

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Mental health program, recommendations before State Board of Education

More than 600 students have been served in the first few months of a new public school mental health pilot program, according to a report by the Kansas State Department of Education.  The report will be received Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the State Board of Education. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials.  The Mental Health Intervention Program was approved by the Legislature last session as a one-year, $10 million pilot program. Discussion on whether to continue the program, and if so, whether to expand it, will likely occur during the legislative session that starts [...]

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Shutdown would not affect federal education funding

Although a federal government shutdown appears increasingly likely, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fiscal Year 2019 funding will not be affected.  Congressional leaders and President Trump continue to battle over Trump’s desire to pay for a $5 billion proposal by the administration and the Department of Homeland Security to build a wall at the border with Mexico. If the government shuts down, it would impact the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, and Housing & Urban Development. Funding for other agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, was approved prior to the midterm elections.  School Safety   Last [...]

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