Teacher Issues

Task force hears numerous ideas to reduce bullying in schools

Focusing on restorative justice, social and emotional health of students and early childhood learning were some of the ideas touted Tuesday to address bullying behavior. Educators and others discussed ways to reduce bullying at the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying, which met in Garden City at Horace Good Middle School. “We’re starting to come together,” said Rick Ginsberg, task force co-chair and dean of the School of Education at Kansas University. The group, charged with making recommendations to the State Board of Education in December, will next meet Aug. 5 in Salina. Several young people from McPherson wrote the task force...

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U.S. Department of Education announces new grant applications for school climate program

Kansas schools working on improving school climate, please take note: the U.S. Department of Education has invited applications for the School Climate Transformation Grant Program. School districts may seek funding for implementing a multi-tiered system of support for improving school climate. The department will prioritize support for certain communities that will benefit from implementation of this system, including rural communities, Tribal communities, and Local Education Agencies that are in Qualified Opportunity Zones. This discretionary grant program has a total of $40 million in estimated available funds, contingent upon the availability of funds and quality of applications. Applications are due by July...

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KASB Statement on Kansas Supreme Court’s Gannon decision

Today is an historic day in Kansas public school education history. Today’s decision by the Kansas Supreme Court to uphold SB 16 will provide funding certainty for our public schools while also helping ensure the state’s multiyear commitment becomes reality. KASB applauds Gov. Laura Kelly, legislators, the State Board of Education and education advocates who have supported Kansas schools throughout this litigation and school districts that fought tirelessly for the level of K-12 commitment required by the Kansas Constitution. Kansas schools already are redesigning their operations to focus on early education, social-emotional growth, careers and civic engagement and Kansas academic standards are...

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Kansas Supreme Court upholds school finance law; retains jurisdiction

The Kansas Supreme Court today said the Kansas Legislature had “substantially complied” with its order to add an inflation adjustment to the multi-year funding plan approved last year. But the court said it will retain jurisdiction over the Gannon case to ensure the Legislature complies with that plan.  The 2018 Legislature adopted a plan to increase foundational state aid per pupil over a five-year phase-in period designed to restore funding to the 2009 level, adjusted for inflation. In response the court found that method acceptable to provide constitutionally suitable funding but ruled that the Legislature needed to provide additional funding...

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Kansas teens urged to share thoughts on how to stop bullying

Kansas students are being asked to share their thoughts on bullying as the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying Prevention prepares for its second meeting on Tuesday in Garden City. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Horace Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main St. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and there will be a public comment session offered at each regional site meeting. The meetings will include presentations on bullying and bullying statistics and data. Public input can be submitted in writing or presented verbally. Written comments, which will be read during the...

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KASB Policy Updates available

KASB’s Spring 2019 policy updates are now available.   This set of updates reflects the latest legal developments, including the impact of the 2019 Kansas legislative session on recommended school board policies. Updated and current board policies support you as you work to provide a quality educational program.  “Well-written policy ensures compliance with state and federal law, sets a foundation for fair and efficient school governance, and defines the board’s position and expectations in managing and operating local public schools,” said KASB Senior Attorney Angie Stallbaumer. “KASB’s Legal Department is pleased to offer these policy updates to our members.”   This comprehensive assistance in...

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State Board of Education will take up recommendations aimed at reducing vaping

Alarmed by drastic increases in the use of e-cigarettes by Kansas students, the State Board of Education next week will consider recommendations aimed at curbing vaping among young people. The State Board meets Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12. The e-cigarette issue will be considered Tuesday afternoon. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials. Last month, K-12 and state health officials reported significant increases in the use of e-cigarettes, warned about the health problems and addictive qualities of vaping and said new devices are enabling young people to use e-cigarettes secretively in school and use them with illegal...

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Legislature overrides Kelly budget vetoes, sustains tax cut veto

The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday overrode Gov. Laura Kelly’s line-item budget vetoes, which included several education expenditures, but failed to override her veto of a $245 million tax cut.  The votes occurred during a busy final day of the 2019 legislative session. Nine people were removed from the Senate gallery after demonstrating for Medicaid expansion and the Senate approved a motion to bypass the committee process to consider, probably next year, a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Senate consent of justices appointed by the governor to the Kansas Supreme Court. The 28-10 vote on SCR 1610 was fueled by...

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Rural Education Summit set for June 13 at Kansas State University

A conference focused on helping rural school districts thrive is scheduled for June. The Rural Education Summit conducted by Kansas State University College of Education will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 in the Staley School of Leadership Studies Building on the K-State campus. The conference will provide school administrators, faculty, board members and concerned community members opportunities to learn more about addressing the challenges facing rural education and creating education innovations in rural communities. The summit will offer sessions on grant writing, student emotional wellness, professional development and getting students engaged with project-based learning. Three nationally...

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Bully prevention task force meets in Clearwater

The Kansas State Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Bully Prevention Task Force met Tuesday at the South Central Education Service Center in Clearwater.   Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson announced the formation of the Task Force in March, citing data that 28 percent of students in grades six through twelve experience bullying. Watson said, “Everywhere I go, parents want to discuss this issue.” Bullying has also been debated by the Kansas Legislature and several bills have been proposed over the past several years. The state anti-bullying statute was adopted in 2007 and revised in 2008. The task force will meet across...

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