Student Issues

On-site and online, KASB schedules summer Regional Roundtable meetings

In July, KASB will offer on-site and online summer regional roundtables that will focus on student success amid the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of schools after a five-month hiatus.  The sessions will offer education leaders the opportunity to discuss with KASB leaders and each other in small groups ideas to meet the challenges ahead. The discussions will focus on strategies, health and safety issues, funding and district goals.  Leaders will also be able to provide input on legislative topics in the runup to the 2021 legislative session.  To find out more information and to register go to the KASB website here.   Virtual sessions...

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Kelly establishes commission to work on racial equity and justice

Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday established a commission that will make recommendations aimed at increasing racial equity and justice. “As Governor, I am committed to ensuring this latest tragedy does not fade into the next news cycle. Communities of color do not have the luxury of time for leaders to address these issues,” Kelly said. Kelly issued an executive order setting up the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equality and Justice. She said the commission will first focus on law enforcement and community relations. The commission will hold listening sessions throughout Kansas and bring recommendations to Kelly, the Legislature and local governments. Two...

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Kansas Equity Series speakers say time is ripe for change

Kansas education leaders Tuesday said the current national conversation about race and equality provides an opportunity for public schools to increase efforts to ensure that minority children have the same access to a quality education as white students.  “The future of this country depends on what happens in our schools,” Dr. Anthony Lewis, superintendent of Lawrence USD 497, said during the first installment of the Kansas Equity Series: A Dialogue on Race and Equality.  Lewis was joined by Dr. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501; Dr. Reginald Eggleston, superintendent of Geary County USD 475; Dr. Charles Foust, superintendent of Kansas...

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Kimball urges U.S. representatives to reject DeVos move on federal funding

KASB President Shannon Kimball is urging the Kansas members of the U.S House of Representatives to sign on to an effort to reject U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ attempt to boost funding to private schools in the allocation of emergency federal dollars.  The federal CARES Act states that funds must be allocated to K-12 schools based on the number of low-income students enrolled in a school.   In late April, DeVos released a “non-binding guidance” document that instructed school districts to allocate federal CARES Act funding to their local private schools based on the total number of students enrolled in...

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Kansas education officials brief school board members about work on re-opening schools guidance document

Top Kansas education officials Friday reviewed for local school board members work on the state level to re-open schools in August, accommodate students and staff who may not return because of health concerns, and prepare for possible future closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a video address, Education Commissioner Randy Watson explained that approximately 1,000 Kansans, including teachers, board members, parents, health officials and others, are working on a guidance document for districts. Here is a link to that video. The “Navigating Change 2020” guidance, which will be submitted to the State Board of Education on July 14, will provide...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants. In a 5-4 decision, the court rejected President Trump's efforts to upend the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, commonly referred to as DACA. The court didn’t rule on DACA itself, but faulted the Trump administration on the way it went about trying to rescind the policy. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. We address only whether the agency (the Department of Homeland Security) complied with the procedural requirement that...

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Kansas Equity Series to start with dialogue on race and equity

Five Kansas education leaders will kick off a series of discussions on race, equity and diversity in Kansas education. The Kansas Equity Series: A Dialogue on Race and Equity will be held online at 10 a.m. Tuesday (June 23). The free event will feature Dr. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501; Dr. Reginald Eggleston, superintendent of Geary County USD 475; Dr. Charles Foust, superintendent of Kansas City schools; Frank Henderson, board member Seaman USD 345, former president of KASB and NSBA Secretary-Treasurer and Dr. Anthony Lewis, superintendent of Lawrence USD 497. To register go to this link. The series will be facilitated...

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Call to action for stimulus bill to stabilize school funding

School board members and other education leaders should contact U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to urge them to support a fourth federal stimulus bill to stabilize school funding.  Click here for a sample text and contact information. Advocates may call, email, or post on the Senators’ social media accounts.  Before the pandemic struck, education and other social services were beginning to recover from years of state revenue shortfalls and the state’s economic outlook was improving.   But as a result of the state and national shutdown in response to the coronavirus, economic experts project that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Local education leaders encouraged to plan for numerous contingencies

Local education leaders are being encouraged to plan for numerous contingencies as they prepare for the next school year. KASB Deputy Executive Director Brian Jordan and USA-Kansas Executive Director G.A. Buie said local school boards and superintendents have a monumental task as they work to re-open schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. A brief video of their comments can be seen here and can serve as an introduction to two online sessions -- “Roadmap to Reopening: Questions Education Leaders Should Address.” These sessions will be held at 1:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday (June 18). The online Zoom sessions are free, but...

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KASB Advocacy update, noon Friday

Kansas education leaders are invited to join the KASB Advocacy staff to review recent public school developments on the state and federal level. Kansas Deputy Education Commissioner Brad Neuenswander will join us to discuss KSDE efforts to provide guidance on reopening schools. The meeting will be held online via Zoom at noon Friday (June 19). There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The advocacy session is available to all who receive the KASB News Briefs, including board members, educators, advocates and media. To register for...

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