Teacher Issues

Lots of legislative action slated for this week

Many bills may be voted on in committees today as the Turnaround deadline approaches for the 2019 legislative session.  It is important for education advocates to stay up to date on bills in committee and any education bill on the floor of the House and Senate since they could be amended. KASB will provide updates on social media throughout the week.  The flurry of activity is because of the Legislature’s Thursday Turnaround, which is the deadline when all bills from non-exempt committees must be forwarded by their chamber of origin to survive.   Today is the final day for committee meetings and [...]

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2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year Nomination Packet Available

The Kansas State Department of Education is accepting nominations for the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Every school district is encouraged to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for this prestigious award. Not only does participating in this program demonstrate that your district values exceptional teaching, you will be providing critical professional development opportunities for your nominees. Participants tell us year after year that this program is life-changing and has made them better teachers. The 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year nomination packet is available on the KSDE website here. While district nominees may begin [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Thur. Feb. 21

A bill aimed at establishing financial literacy classes in high school failed to get out of the House Education Committee on Thursday. The committee also held a hearing on HB 2288, creating the Kansas student and educator freedom of religious act and the full House advanced SB 9, which is a $115 million payment to the school group of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Numerous bills were moving as key deadlines neared. Monday is the last day for committees to meet in each chamber prior to Turnaround. The House and Senate will conduct floor action Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday is [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 20

The Statehouse was busy with committee meetings Wednesday with KASB testifying on numerous bills. In House Taxation, KASB voiced opposition to SB 22, the tax cut bill that was approved by the Senate. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate director for advocacy, said the Legislature should first address the Kansas Supreme Court ruling to add an inflation adjustment to school funding before working on tax cuts. “Kansas is falling behind other states in education funding, and therefore investment in its own people,” Tallman said. “Before adopting a major reduction in revenue, KASB urges the Legislature to adopt the inflation adjustment to the school [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Mon. Feb. 18

With legislative deadlines looming, committees are holding hearings and voting all week on education-related bills. On Monday, KASB released a report on how school districts are using recent increases in funding to drive student success. More than 100 school districts responded to the question from legislators and KASB is seeking information from the remainder of districts too. Here is a link to a more detailed story about #FundingHelpsStudents. Meanwhile at the Statehouse, KASB testified on three bills. KASB opposed HB 2233, which would require school district provide a $500 stipend for each teacher for supplies, and HB 2219, which would require recordings [...]

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Legislators ask, schools answer: #FundingHelpsStudents

For the first time in eight years, Meade USD 226 will have summer school to help struggling students.  The district of approximately 400 students in southwestern Kansas has also expanded pre-school, improved its ability to address the social and emotional needs of young people and added a Career Academy to help students better prepare for life after graduation.  Meade’s efforts are an example of how public schools across Kansas have used recent increases in K-12 funds from the Legislature to drive student success after years of funding that trailed inflation, causing schools to pullback on many initiatives.  Last week, KASB and USA-Kansas [...]

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Numerous education bills to be heard, voted on this week

It is important for school leaders to try to stay up to date on happenings in the Legislature this week as House and Senate committees will be busy voting on and hearing numerous education bills and schedules could change on a moment’s notice.  On Monday, the Senate Education Committee will consider SB 47, which would create the student opportunity scholarship program. This would grant students who graduate a year early a scholarship equal to 95 percent of base aid that would be paid to the postsecondary institution the student attends. The committee has scheduled final action on the measure Wednesday. [...]

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup for Tue. Jan. 29

While the Kansas Teacher of the Year team on Tuesday briefed legislators on what is going on in the classroom, a special committee was considering a bill that would cut taxes by $191.6 million in the next fiscal year, with most of that tax break going to corporations. SB 22, which is before the Senate Select Committee on Federal Tax Code Implementation, would allow Kansans to itemize their state tax deductions even if they don’t itemize on their federal taxes. But it would also lower some business taxes. Of the $191.6 million tax cut, $137.2 million would go to corporations [...]

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Dyslexia task force puts together set of recommendations

The Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia has put together a set of wide-ranging recommendations aimed at helping educators help students who are struggling in reading.  The proposals, finalized Thursday, will now go to the State Board of Education on Tuesday and then later to House and Senate education committees for review.  A pricetag wasn’t put on the recommendations, but task force members said they would like to keep the group going for the next several years to monitor progress and implementation. The task force tabbed the State Board of Education for putting the proposals into motion with funding approved by the [...]

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Experts on trauma-informed schools will lead breakout sessions during Advocacy in Action Conference

Two experts on trauma-informed teaching will lead breakout sessions during the Advocacy in Action Conference this month in Topeka.  The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. To register, go here.   Dr. Marcia Weseman and Susan Pinne, both with the Crittenton Children’s Center at Saint Luke’s Hospital, will offer information on trauma-informed schools on Thursday, Jan. 17. Pinne is director of Trauma Smart at Crittenton Children’s Center and Weseman is a Trauma Smart trainer.  Sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. [...]

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