Student Issues

Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying to meet May 28; public comment ground rules

The Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying will hold its first meeting later this month and is seeking public comment on ways to address bullying. The initial meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue. May 28 in Clearwater at the South Central Kansas Education Service Center. The goals of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying are to study the problem, coordinate with stakeholders, review work in areas of social and emotional learning; review current statutes and practices and make recommendations to the State Board of Education. Members of the 37-member task force include educators, legislators, counselors, [...]

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Kansas Supreme Court: Arguments made; decision awaits

The state and plaintiff school districts Thursday argued before the Kansas Supreme Court over whether the state’s recent $90 million increase for K-12 funding was enough to settle the long running Gannon lawsuit. Toby Crouse, an attorney representing the state, said the increase complied with the inflation adjustment ordered last year by the court. Coupled with an earlier approved $522 million phase-in of increased funding, Crouse said the state was in substantial compliance with court decisions in the decade-long litigation and the case should be dismissed. Alan Rupe, the attorney representing school districts that sued the state, said the $90 million [...]

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Kansas school finance system back in court

KASB will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of oral arguments Thursday in the Gannon school finance case before the Kansas Supreme Court. Follow KASB on Twitter for developments during the arguments, which start at 9 a.m., and then Facebook for interviews after the event and later at 12:30 p.m. during KASB Live for analysis of the court proceedings from KASB’s Donna Whiteman, attorney and assistant executive director legal services, and Mark Tallman, associate executive director advocacy and communications. The dispute before the court centers on SB 16 — the legislative fix to add an inflation adjustment to school funding. The state argues SB 16 [...]

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Education bills approved this session

While school finance dominated much of the first part of the 2019 legislative session, legislators turned their attention to other education issues as well.   Here is a list of bills approved and signed into law that will affect schools:   SB 9 - Authorizing the transfer of $115 million from the state general fund to the Kansas public employee's retirement fund during fiscal year 2019.     SB 16 - Amendments to the Kansas school equity and enhancement act and other statutes related to education (Gannon lawsuit response).     Increases BASE for school years 2019-23;     Changes schedule of school finance audits;     Requires KSDE to prepare state accountability reports and school district funding reports;    State [...]

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Numerous issues to be covered at KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting

Bullying, gender identity, suicide and many more issues that school leaders deal with will be covered during the KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting in Wichita later this month. The May 29-30 event also coincides with 2019 USA-Kansas Conference.  On May 29, the School Law Workshop includes a session led by Donna Whiteman, KASB’s assistant executive director of legal services, on Kansas’ anti-bullying law, what schools must do to investigate alleged incidents, how to hand complaints from students and parents and ensuring that bullying behaviors stop.  The first day also includes a session on accommodating transgender and gender non-conforming students and [...]

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Community engagement sessions on early childhood set next week in Syracuse, Oakley, Goodland, Ness City

State officials are holding several meetings next week to seek input from Kansans to address early childhood issues. The community engagement meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hamilton County Library in Syracuse; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Kansas Educational Services Center in Oakley; 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wolak Building in Goodland and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ness County Bank Building Foundation in Ness City. The meetings are being held throughout the state for the next several months as part of an [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. May 2

Key legislators put the finishing touches on a final state budget and another tax cut bill started moving through the Legislature on Thursday, the second day of the wrap up session. Major items in the budget for education include rolling over about $2 million in unexpended funds to expand the school mental health initiative and providing another $5 million for school security. Under the proposal, the increased funding for mental health services would require 25 percent matching funds from schools. The budget is in conference committee report for SB 25. Meanwhile, Republican leaders put together a new tax cutting plan that [...]

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today to review wrap up session; trends in school salaries

KASB Live will start at 12:30 p.m. today to review the developing budget agreement and tax cut bill as the Legislature works toward ending the wrap up session. Here is a link to join the discussion. Following the legislative update, KASB Live will feature a special report covering national and state trends in school salaries. The budget agreement that will be considered by legislators during the wrap up session contains several items important to education leaders, including more funding for mental health and school security. On the issue of school salaries, KASB recently issued two reports -- one showing the growing gap [...]

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Oxford Air Sharks riding the wind

Oxford USD 358 students Danny Ball and Austin Gaither are headed back to the National KidWind Challenge hoping to capture another title. They won the national title last year as middle school students and now they are eyeing another trophy as freshmen in the high school competition. “We want to keep improving and getting better,” said Ball. The 2019 National KidWind Challenge will be held in Houston from May 21-23 at the American Wind Energy Association annual trade show, conference and exhibition. Before nationals, more than 150 students from across Kansas competed in the state KidWind Challenge in Topeka in March. To prepare for [...]

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State seeks input on early childhood learning

State officials are seeking input from Kansans to help shape the future of early childhood education. Community engagement meetings are being held throughout the state as part of an effort to develop a comprehensive assessment of what is needed for early childhood in Kansas and plan a strategy to meet those needs. The one-hour sessions will focus on what is happening in the community to support parents, caregivers, infants, toddlers, young children and families. The event is open to anyone interested in the future of Kansas children and families. The May meetings are as follows: May 7 – Syracuse May 8 – Oakley May 8 [...]

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