Student Issues

KASB workshop on becoming an effective supervisor set for Sept. 19 in Hays

KASB will conduct a workshop later this month in Hays on how to become a more effective supervisor.  The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue. Sept. 19 at the Rockwell Center, 323 W. 12th St. in Hays.   This workshop is designed for directors of maintenance, custodial services, transportation, food service and other employees responsible for supervising classified staff. These positions are imperative to a school district and many directors have been thrust into their positions without proper training. This workshop is designed to assist these valuable employees to become an effective supervisor.  Specific topics that will...

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KASB workshop tomorrow on impact of U.S. Supreme Court ruling in special education case

KASB Legal/Policy Services will conduct a workshop Wednesday on the recent far-reaching decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that could have a significant impact on how schools develop services for special education students. The topics covered will help anyone within school districts who deal with special education issues.  The session will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 6 at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. in Topeka. Here is a link to register.  The workshop will provide an overview of last spring’s court ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Colo.) School District and explore the implications...

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State officials report enthusiasm for Kansans Can school redesign project

Schools enrolled in the “Mercury 7” and “Gemini” redesign project are embracing proposed changes in the way they operate, according to two Kansas State Department of Education officials.  “The enthusiasm is off the charts,” said Tammy Mitchell, who along with Jay Scott, serves as the KSDE redesign specialists.   Mitchell and Scott have been criss-crossing the state to help the selected districts redesign the operations of a primary and secondary school around the Kansans Can outcomes. These include improvements in early childhood learning, individual plans of study, social and emotional growth, high school graduation rates and post-secondary success.  For a progress update on...

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KASB workshop will address far-reaching implications of court ruling in special education

KASB’s Legal/Policy Services next week will conduct a workshop on the recent far-reaching decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that could have a significant impact on how schools develop services for special education students. The topics covered will help anyone within school districts who deal with special education issues.  The session will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 6 at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. in Topeka. Here is a link to register.  The workshop will provide an overview of last spring’s court ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Colo.) School District and explore the...

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KASB reports findings from state advocacy tour

During the recently concluded KASB Advocacy Tour, hundreds of Kansans expressed appreciation for the new school finance formula and investment approved by the Legislature and the Kansas State Board of Education’s Kansans Can vision.  The tour — dubbed “A New Day for Kansas Education” — drew more than 600 people in 27 locations in July and August. At nearly every stop, attendees voiced support of new Kansas education initiatives, but also expressed concerns that the increased funding may not be enough, especially since total per pupil funding is lower now than 2009 when adjusted for inflation, and that leading the world...

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Kansas Education Commissioner Watson briefs KASB on major school issues

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Saturday outlined the Kansans Can goal and changes needed in public education during a joint meeting of the KASB Board of Directors and Legislative Committee.  The Kansans Can vision of leading the world in the success of each student is what Kansans have said they want and what is needed to help students compete in the modern economy, Watson said.  Watson said a recent report showed most workers earning less than $20 per hour will eventually lose their jobs to automation. This rapidly changing economy requires Kansas students be prepared, he said.  Part of implementing the...

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KSDE releases for public comment plan to comply with ESSA

The Kansas Department of Education has released for public comment its Consolidated State Plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan includes many goals, including a target of reaching a 95 percent high school graduation rate by 2030.   Here is a link to an analysis of the plan. Here is a link to the full plan. And here is a link to KASB’s statement in support of the plan. 

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KASB Legislative Committee meets on federal, state issues

KASB’s Legislative Committee met Saturday to review the organization’s federal and state legislative policy positions in preparation for the 2018 legislative season. KASB’s Delegate Assembly will vote on any proposed changes at the Annual Convention in December.  The group discussed how feedback from the summer advocacy tour and priorities expressed with the KASB Board of Directors might affect the organization’s permanent state legislative policies and whether some items should be included in an annual legislative resolution. Committee members noted widespread opposition to legislative attempts to limit school bond indebtedness; continuing concerns over funding at-risk programs and special education; difficulty in...

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Panel tackles mental health needs of Kansas students

A panel composed of people who help children in numerous ways started work Friday to improve meeting the mental health needs of students in Kansas public schools.  Members of the newly formed Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council noted that mental health services have been decimated by funding cuts in recent years and that a more comprehensive system of mental health training was needed for school officials.  And they said the mental health needs of students are on the rise.  Ronnie Lieurance, chief of police for Goddard USD 265, said while schools do much in supporting students, once children leave school, some...

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First meeting of new mental health advisory panel is Friday

The initial meeting of the Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Kansas State Department of Education.  The council was established by the State Board of Education to advise on unmet needs in school mental health and coordinate with legislators and stakeholders in efforts to benefit students in social and emotional growth. State Board Vice Chair Kathy Busch will serve as chair of the advisory council.   Here is a link to the meeting agenda. 

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