State Board of Ed

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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KASB Summer Regionals kick off in Hiawatha, Stafford

School leaders in Stafford and Hiawatha met Wednesday to discuss major education issues and how to improve Kansas public schools as the KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings kicked off. The next meeting is set for Thursday in Colby with meetings scheduled next week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe. Board members and district leaders discussed challenges and opportunities in schools after KASB provided focus topics that included school safety, school redesign, the 2020 Census, upcoming legislative session and local issues. In Hiawatha, board members and superintendents from the Atchison, Hiawatha, Sabetha, Marysville and Washington school districts said they worry that the...

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Kansas, national school board groups gear up to reduce vaping among students

As Kansas education leaders work on efforts to curb the use of e-cigarettes by students, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has announced its support in Congress of The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019. The bi-partisan measure was recently introduced by U. S. Reps. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., Chris Stewart, R-Utah and Haley Stevens D-Mich. The legislation is vital to helping school districts and local education agencies address the rapid increase of e-cigarette usage in schools, NSBA said. An identical bill has been filed in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah and Tom Udall, D-N.M. The measure clarifies that...

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Kelly urges Education Council to provide bold ideas

Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday urged leaders from across the state to propose bold recommendations in helping align education and economic needs. “I encourage you to work toward bold innovations,” Kelly said in a recorded message to the Governor’s Council on Education, which was meeting at Wichita State University. Kelly also affirmed her position that improved access to early childhood learning is key to improving opportunities. “I believe early childhood development is essential to put every Kansan on the path to success,” Kelly said. Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers, a former Wichita USD 259 board member, attended the daylong meeting, and gave the...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables to feature format designed for discussion on local education issues

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtables, which begin next week, will provide local education leaders an opportunity to interact with their regional counterparts to discuss hot topics affecting public schools. The emphasis of the meetings will be to discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to local school districts while KASB staff will also provide updates on important issues that are likely to dominate state and national politics. KASB Deputy Executive Director Brian Jordan said the new structure of the meetings is meant to encourage more interaction among board members and other education leaders in a more informal setting, while also providing local advocates...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings start soon

KASB is hitting the road again for Summer Regional Roundtables that will give board members and district leaders the opportunity to discuss crucial education issues with their counterparts in area school districts.  Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and last no longer than three hours — providing plenty of time for sharing ideas on the following topics: school safety and security; school redesign and success; the 2020 Census; school funding post-Gannon and the upcoming legislative session; and issues and challenges unique to your district and area of the state.  “We designed these opportunities to build on the value of school board...

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State Board awards safe school grants; KASB safety workshops begin next week

The Kansas State Board of Education awarded $5 million in grants for school safety improvements to 169 school districts at its monthly meeting this week, and KASB will begin three workshops on school safety and security next week.  KASB is conducting the workshops on “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools” in McPherson July 17; Colby July 18 and Olathe August 7. Click here for registration information on these and other KASB workshops.  It was the second year in a row the Kansas Legislature provided $5 million for physical safety enhancements. Districts requested over $19 million. The...

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State Board limits budget request for 2020-21 school year

After what officials called the largest four-year increase in school funding in state history passed the Kansas Legislature and was approved by the Kansas Supreme Court this year, the State Board of Education decided not to ask for more money next year, with one exception and a note to the Legislature.  The board will request an additional $1.55 million in 2020-21 to fully fund transportation aid for high school students attending post-secondary technical education programs. Current funding of $650,000 covers only 30 percent of costs. The board will also add a statement to the Legislature that if additional funding is available for...

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Kansas student success rate improves; more schools approved for redesign

The percentage of Kansas students seeking education after high school graduation continues to increase, according to the most recent figures compiled by the Kansas State Department of Education. “We’re heading in the right direction,” Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson told the State Board of Education on Tuesday. But Watson quickly added more improvement is needed. Based on five-year averages, the high school graduation rate has increased from 85 percent (2011-2015) to 86 percent (2013-2017). More importantly, Watson said, the five-year “success rate” average has increased from 52 percent to 55 percent during the same period, Watson said. The “success rate” is...

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State Board of Education to consider budget, school redesign plans

The State Board of Education on Tuesday is scheduled to discuss and approve budget recommendations for the next fiscal year. Last month, the Kansas Supreme Court approved the state’s school finance system but retained jurisdiction to ensure implementation of the plan. The board will consider a number of options that could increase the funding request for various segments of school funding, such as special education, Parents as Teachers, mentoring teachers, professional development and other programs. In other business, the board will — Recognize Dyane Smokorowski, a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade technology and innovation lead teacher at Andover USD 385 and 2013 Kansas Teacher of...

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