Student Issues

KASB President’s Perspective: Effective leadership: A matter of trust

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Back-to-school greetings! Welcome to September. This is always my favorite time of year, both personally and as a parent. I relish the excitement of each of my children as they greet old friends, meet new friends, and take on new challenges and opportunities as the school year really begins to click along. I hope the past month has brought similar excitement, optimism, and success into your lives and your work as board members. In mid-August, members of your KASB leadership team attended the National School Boards Association Summer Leadership Seminar. This is an annual opportunity...

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Workshops on school safety, legal training and Fall Regional Roundtables are coming up

Helping students stay safe and healthy and succeed will be a big part of upcoming KASB workshops.  Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for operations and leadership services at KASB, will conduct three sessions on making schools safer: “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools.” These meetings are Sept. 10 at McPherson; Sept. 11, Colby and Sept. 12, Olathe. During these sessions, board members will discuss what measures schools are taking and should be taking to keep their schools safe.  Weseman will provide up-to-date research on threat assessments and why schools should focus on opening lines of communication...

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September issue of School Board Review is out; focus on vaping

The September issue of the KASB School Board Review focuses on the alarming increase in the use of e-cigarettes by young Kansans and includes articles covering numerous other education issues. The issue, available here online and in the mail to school leaders, also includes columns by KASB President Shannon Kimball and Executive Director John Heim. In addition, Mark Tallman, KASB’s associate executive director of advocacy and communications, provides further analysis of the achievement gap in the second installment of a three-part series. SBR also includes coverage of KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Committee; KASB Annual Survey data;...

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Wealth of public school data in new KASB Annual Surveys

The KASB Surveys 2018-19 Annual Report, which covers a wide range of data gathered from public school districts, is now available.  Here are links to a new summary report and a KASB Live video on the surveys with KASB Chief Data Officer Ted Carter.  The survey results are available to school districts and other education advocates while district level data is available to KASB members under the member portal. For more information or to ask questions about the data, contact Carter at tcarter@kasb.org.  KASB is one of the only school board associations in the nation that conducts annual data collection from its members and...

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At KASB workshop, national school board advocate reports on funding, special education battles in D.C.

The head of NSBA’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. said Thursday there is bipartisan support in Congress to phase in fully funding special education at the federal level but that education funding in general has been caught in some political tangles. Chip Slaven, the chief advocacy officer for the National School Boards Association, was in Kansas this week, speaking at KASB-held events in Topeka, Dodge City and Salina. A portion of each session was devoted to discussing efforts in Congress to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When first enacted in the 1970s, Congress promised to...

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Upcoming KASB workshops on safety, legal training

Helping students stay safe and healthy and succeed will be a big part of upcoming KASB workshops.  For more information on KASB learning opportunities, go here and click on upcoming events. Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for operations and leadership services at KASB, will conduct three sessions on making schools safer: “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools.” These meetings are Tue. Sept. 10 in McPherson; Wed. Sept. 11, Colby and Thur. Sept. 12, Olathe. During these sessions, board members will discuss what measures schools are taking and should be taking to keep their schools safe.  Weseman will...

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KASB workshops on IDEA; Special education by the numbers

The National School Boards Association is leading an effort to review and revise the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), called “It’s Time for A Great IDEA.” KASB is conducting three workshops on IDEA, special education in Kansas schools and the 2020 U.S. Census. The first one was in Topeka on Tuesday; the second one is today in Dodge City and then Salina on Thursday. Here are some facts about special education in Kansas.  Enrollment  Nearly one in six Kansas students receive special education services. The number of Kansas students receiving services under the IDEA is growing much faster than overall...

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Numerous education issues tackled at KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Comp meetings

School board leaders from across Kansas tackled numerous education issues Saturday during the KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees meetings.  The Board of Directors was joined by the Legislative Committee for an advocacy and communications update and discussion of anticipated topics for the 2020 legislative session. The Legislative Committee then met separately to start work on KASB’s advocacy positions.  The balance of the Board of Directors meeting included reports from staff on results from the Summer 2019 Regional Roundtable discussions, the agenda for upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings and a review of the new KASB Pathways and...

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Early childhood advocates present preliminary report

Kansas families face numerous gaps and inequitable access to early childhood services, according to a needs assessment released Friday. “Where you live makes a difference for better or worse for a wide range of services for your family,” said Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. She said “geography” within the state and within local communities was often a major factor in early childhood services. She added, “We are seeing incredible stress placed on families because of the lack of child care.” Through a federal planning grant, the state conducted 53 public meetings across Kansas this spring and summer to...

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Vaping task force continues work to curb use of e-cigarettes by students

The state task force on vaping met in Topeka on Monday to discuss research on the negative effect of vaping on health, outreach to students, and to prepare for its September report to the State Board of Education.  The Task Force was established at the direction of the State Board following a presentation by public health officials that shocked state board members. They directed the immediate formation of a Work Group to develop recommendations by June. The work group evolved into a permanent Task Force that will make monthly progress presentations to the State Board; KASB Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services Angie Stallbaumer represents the association on the task...

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