Student Issues

KASB President Kimball urges Congress to provide education stimulus funding

As Congress struggles to provide a legislative response to the COVID-19 virus, KASB President Shannon Kimball is urging federal lawmakers to remember K-12 public education in its emergency deliberations. Congress has failed twice in the past roughly 48 hours to come to an agreement on how to support the economy during the pandemic.  In her letter delivered Monday, Kimball joins education leaders from across the U.S. in urging Congress to enact a wide-ranging funding package that will help school districts and communities respond to the continuing crisis. Kimball reminds the Kansas congressional delegation -- Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran...

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COVID Response: KASB to conduct forums this week for school board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and superintendents

To address issues for school boards surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, KASB this week will hold forums for school leadership teams. The forums will be conducted free of charge via Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 26) and 9 a.m. Friday (March 27) and will focus on what school districts and boards must do to start continuous learning during building closures. The 90-minute meetings will include plenty of time to ask questions and share information. The forums will be limited to school board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and district superintendents. This will allow the meetings to be held within compliance of the...

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During unprecedented emergency, educators working to re-start school

Despite the closure of school buildings because of coronavirus, educators throughout Kansas are providing free grab-and-go meals for students and working on continuous learning plans they hope to implement as early as Monday, March 30.  During a news conference Friday, Wichita USD 259 Superintendent Alicia Thompson said, “As adults, we can show our children what grit and resilience looks like and I know that we will make it through these very trying times together.”   When Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday ordered the closure of schools, educators statewide, often with cooperation from businesses and volunteers, scrambled to make sure students were getting...

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Legislature approves school funding, much business unfinished

The Kansas Legislature approved a budget that keeps in place base state aid and special education aid increases approved last year and maintains most other programs at current levels before adjourning.  The Legislature ended the regular session two weeks early. The House and Senate are expected to return for the wrap-up session on Monday, April 27, but that is subject to change in light of the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, a long list of bills passed by each chamber remains unfinished business.  Details of school funding in the budget  The budget bill, SB 66, generally adopted the Governor’s budget proposal that...

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K12itc provides hotline to assist educators during school closures

K12itc, a leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, has set up a hotline to assist schools with technical questions and challenges as schools increase virtual learning during closures caused by the coronavirus.  The special hotline number is 1-844-841-3506 (toll free) or educators can email covid19help@k12itc.com. The hotline will be staffed and available from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Based in Kansas City, Mo., K12itc is a member of KASB’s Prestigious Partner program, providing schools across Kansas and Missouri with cost-effective, customized IT solutions.   K12itc has also provided a list of services that may be of use during the...

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Local boards will be enlisted soon to review new learning programs during COVID-19 crisis

Local school boards will soon be called upon to make important decisions to ensure that Kansas students are receiving education despite district closings caused by the coronavirus outbreak. During a video, Angie Stallbaumer, assistant executive director for legal services for KASB, and Brian Jordan, deputy director of KASB, reviewed the just released "Continuous Learning Task Force Guidance," which provides a framework for schools to re-start delivery of instruction to students. The video can be accessed here. Stallbaumer and Jordan said districts may be able to start teaching students again as early as Monday, March 30. But boards will need to work with...

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Governor signs school term waiver bill, continuous learning plans required

Gov. Laura Kelly today signed a bill into law giving the State Board of Education more authority to waive minimum school term requirements, but state officials stress districts will continue to provide learning services to students.  The Governor issued an executive order Tuesday ordering all K-12 school buildings, public or private, to close and cease in-person instruction until May 29, 2020, unless they can operate under health directives, which currently limit facilities to 10 persons.  The order also directed the State Board and Department of Education to develop guidelines for continuing learning plans for students while schools are closed. Commissioner of...

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Continuous Learning guidelines released; local districts to work on plans to re-start delivering education

School in Kansas will soon be back in session. It will just look a lot different and most learning will probably not occur in school buildings. That’s according to guidelines released today from a special task force in response to delivering education to Kansas' 500,000 students during the current COVID-19 crisis. On Tuesday, Gov. Laura Kelly ordered Kansas public and private school buildings closed for the duration of the school year in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Public health guidelines also recommend no gathering of more than 10 people. A task force led by teachers then worked over the...

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Legislature passes school closure flexibility, budget advances

The Kansas Legislature Tuesday approved a bill that gives the State Board of Education greater authority to waive the minimum school term for districts, sending the legislation to the governor.  The bill means school districts will not be penalized for failing to meet the state minimum school term of days or hours after Gov. Laura Kelly ordered the buildings be closed for most educational functions until May 30.  To receive the waiver, districts will have to submit a request to the State Board of Education and provide information how they will continue to provide learning opportunities for student.  The House amended the...

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KASB provides resources to local boards as they address continuous education

Now that Gov. Laura Kelly has closed schools because of the spread of COVID-19 for the remainder of the school year, local school boards are encouraged to put forward plans to provide continuous learning to students until the crisis subsides.   What education in Kansas looks like for the immediate future “is going to be very much up to the school districts themselves,” said Angie Stallbaumer, assistant executive director for legal services for KASB. “It is going to be increasingly difficult to re-create the old normal,” she said.  Stallbaumer and Brian Jordan, deputy executive director for KASB, reviewed in a KASB...

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