Student Issues

Legislature passes bills on COVID response, education and tax policies on final day

Just short of 24 hours after it began, the final day of the 2020 Legislature passed a multi-part bill addressing the COVID pandemic that Democrats say could be vetoed by Gov. Laura Kelly.  The Legislature also approved a bundle of several education bills, including a provision allowing districts to pay for student tuition in dual high school/college courses, and combined a number tax provisions.  Here are the provisions:  COVID response – HB 2054. Bill description. Conference Committee report.   The bill appropriates federal funding Kansas receives from COVID relief to the Legislative Coordinating Council, rather than the office of the Governor. It requires state...

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Kansas’ Tabatha Rosproy named 2020 National Teacher of the Year

As a child, Tabatha Rosproy often accompanied her mother, a nurse, to the nursing home where her mother worked. Tabatha C. Rosproy Tabatha said as a child she connected well with the elderly residents. It’s no wonder then that Tabatha would grow up to become a preschool teacher and develop a program where her classroom was housed in a retirement community. It was that kind of initiative that led to Winfield USD 465’s Rosproy being named the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year. On Thursday, Rosproy was named 2020 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. “I...

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Legislators seek changes to continuous learning plans

Some legislators on Tuesday indicated they want to make changes to continuous learning plans if the online instruction practice is needed next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The House K-12 Education Budget Committee approved a proposal that would require that continuous learning plans include some “direct contact instruction.” The proposal also sets specific amounts of time that teachers must provide reading, math and English instruction and calls for accountability measures to gauge student progress. Here is a link to the proposal.   The plan, put together by Committee Chair Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, will be sent as a recommendation to the...

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KASB supports KSDE school meals request

KASB President Shannon L. Kimball wrote to the U.S Department of Agriculture and senior congressional staff Monday supporting the Kansas State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition and Wellness division’s request to continue through the summer and early fall a food service practice initially implemented in March to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  KSDE in March requested and received a waiver to school meals “area eligibility” rules that required feeding sites to be in areas where 50 percent or more of participants are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. The waiver allowed Kansas school districts to provide meals efficiently and...

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KASB online session Monday to provide advocacy update on numerous education issues

KASB will conduct an online legislative and advocacy update at noon Monday, May 18 to review budget issues, the 2020 session and State Board of Education developments.  This session is available to all who receive the KASB News Briefs, including board members, educators, advocates and media.   There is no registration fee but pre-registration is required. To register in advance for this meeting, go to this link.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  The session will feature updates on state and federal issues as the Legislature prepares for a one-day end of session on...

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New survey shows challenges in continuous learning online

While Kansas’ continuous learning plans during the coronavirus school closure have received high marks, districts are reporting challenges, especially in reaching some students online, according to a new survey released Tuesday. Kansas K-12 schools were shut down March 17 through an executive order by Gov. Laura Kelly. Kelly also ordered the Kansas State Department of Education to formulate guidance for school districts to put in place continuous learning plans for the state’s half million students. These plans — many of which were launched within a week of school closures — include online instruction, paper lesson packets and small group teaching. After the...

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Watson says goal is to start school in August

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Tuesday said the state is planning to start school in August but added that because of the coronavirus pandemic the Kansas State Department of Education is planning for every contingency. “We are cautiously optimistic we will be in school in August 2020,” Watson said. “We have too many kids who cannot learn if we are not back in school,” both socially and emotionally and academically, he said. “We are going to do everything we can to get back into school this fall,” Watson said. But Watson also noted that while KSDE will provide guidance to...

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Faflick, with KSHSAA, will discuss summer activities during KASB `Lunch and Learn’ online session on Wednesday

KASB’s Board Leadership forum on Wednesday will feature Bill Faflick, executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Faflick will discuss guidance for summer activities. The “Lunch and Learn” online session will run from noon to 12:45 p.m. The interactive sessions are scheduled each Wednesday through May 27. The sessions are open to all KASB members. No registration fee is required by pre-registration is required so that KASB can provide a secure open forum for our members to ask questions and discuss issues. To register go to this link. Once registered, participants will receive a registration confirmation email from pinpoint@kasb.org...

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Budget, tax and other committees meeting this week in preparation for one-day mini session

Republican legislative leaders have scheduled several committee meetings this week -- including budget and tax panels -- to prepare legislation for the one-day end of session. Education leaders must stay vigilant to developments since the coronavirus pandemic has caused an historic drop in state revenue and K-12 funding makes up half of the state budget. The latest revenue estimate shows Kansas faces a $1.27 billion revenue shortfall for the remainder of this fiscal year and the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Legislators approved a budget earlier this session before the COVID-19 crisis swept the state and nation.  Gov. Kelly...

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Kansas gets $8.9 million grant to improve early childhood services

Kansas will receive an $8.9 million federal grant to continue efforts to improve early childhood health and education. In announcing the grant from the Administration for Children and Families, Gov. Laura Kelly said on Friday, “These funds will be imperative in helping to keep up our current momentum as we work to improve our state’s early childhood system. “This grant is particularly welcome now, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an additional degree of stress on early childhood in Kansas. With it, we will continue to fight for the health and safety of children and families in our state.” The funding is...

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