Teacher Issues

KASB Advocacy on Friday will conduct review of special session and more

Kansas education leaders are invited Friday to a review by the KASB Advocacy staff of the special legislative session, election filings for the Aug. 4 primary and critical education issues that can be shared with candidates and voters. The meeting will be held online via Zoom at noon Friday (June 5). 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 the meeting, go to...

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The big question of the summer: Will schools re-open in August?

By Scott Rothschild   srothschild@kasb.org  Now that the school year is over, the question on the minds of students, parents, teachers and board members is — will schools re-open in August?  Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson says at this point, that’s the plan.  “We are cautiously optimistic we will be in school in August 2020,” Watson said recently.  After schools were shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, Kansas teachers won praise for quickly developing continuous learning programs through online instruction and sending lesson packets to students’ homes. But teachers across the state have also acknowledged that without daily contact in the classroom,...

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May issue of School Board Review focuses on end of school, plans for next school year

The May issue of School Board Review covers how the “new normal” was anything but normal this year as students, parents and educators dealt with the statewide school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And the issue jumps into the conversation on what happens next. Will schools re-open in August, and if so, what will they be like? In her final column as president of KASB, Shannon Kimball calls on local school board members to listen to and follow sound public health advice when tackling the tough issue of planning for school in the fall. The May issue also includes important information...

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Legislature passes bills on COVID response, education and tax policies on final day

Just short of 24 hours after it began, the final day of the 2020 Legislature passed a multi-part bill addressing the COVID pandemic that Democrats say could be vetoed by Gov. Laura Kelly.  The Legislature also approved a bundle of several education bills, including a provision allowing districts to pay for student tuition in dual high school/college courses, and combined a number tax provisions.  Here are the provisions:  COVID response – HB 2054. Bill description. Conference Committee report.   The bill appropriates federal funding Kansas receives from COVID relief to the Legislative Coordinating Council, rather than the office of the Governor. It requires state...

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Kansas’ Tabatha Rosproy named 2020 National Teacher of the Year

As a child, Tabatha Rosproy often accompanied her mother, a nurse, to the nursing home where her mother worked. Tabatha C. Rosproy Tabatha said as a child she connected well with the elderly residents. It’s no wonder then that Tabatha would grow up to become a preschool teacher and develop a program where her classroom was housed in a retirement community. It was that kind of initiative that led to Winfield USD 465’s Rosproy being named the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year. On Thursday, Rosproy was named 2020 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. “I...

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KASB online session Monday to provide advocacy update on numerous education issues

KASB will conduct an online legislative and advocacy update at noon Monday, May 18 to review budget issues, the 2020 session and State Board of Education developments.  This session is available to all who receive the KASB News Briefs, including board members, educators, advocates and media.   There is no registration fee but pre-registration is required. To register in advance for this meeting, go to this link.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  The session will feature updates on state and federal issues as the Legislature prepares for a one-day end of session on...

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State Board of Education will receive report on how continuous learning is working

The State Board of Education on Tuesday will receive an update on Kansas’ continuous learning plans that went into effect after schools were shut down. The State Board meeting will be conducted through interactive communication because of mass gathering restrictions. The public may listen to and observe the meeting through live streaming at this link. Here is a link to the State Board's agenda and backup materials. Kansas K-12 schools were shut down March 17 through an executive order by Gov. Laura Kelly. Kelly also ordered the Kansas State Department of Education to formulate guidance for school districts to put in...

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Governor praises continuous learning; board members cite challenges

Gov. Laura Kellly recently said Kansas’ ability to shut school buildings and pivot to continuous learning online because of the coronavirus pandemic will make it easier to do so again if necessary. “I think the fact that our schools within a matter of three or four days were able to put together a pretty comprehensive continuous learning program outside of our school buildings will give us the freedom in November if we have to to say, `You know what, we have to get out of the buildings for a while, but then we can re-implement those continuous learning programs,’ ”...

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KASB staff members show appreciation for teachers

Nearly all of us have had a teacher who inspired us to do our best, or maybe prodded us to do at least a little better. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, KASB staff offered recollections about their favorite teachers. We hope you enjoy these testimonials and that they will help you reflect on your own school careers and honor those teachers and school staff who went the extra mile. Amanda Rollenhagen, Controller Ms. Virginia Wolken, Erie USD 101 High School Chemistry and Physics. She helped many students understand the concepts action and reaction. She believed in her students and...

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Nationwide call to action this week on internet access for students

Education advocacy groups from across the nation will mount a call to action this week urging Congress to support students who don’t have home internet access (the “homework gap”). The event is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 7.   KASB will offer talking points and other important information prior to the advocacy day. Members should contact Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Representatives Roger Marshall, Steve Watkins, Sharice Davids and Ron Estes to encourage their assistance in closing the homework gap.  The nationwide push will center around the Senate version of the Emergency Educational Connections Act, which would provide $4 billion...

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