Teacher Issues

Schools and students aren’t just test scores

As thousands of students across Kansas complete their state tests, Education Commissioner Randy Watson says those who try to rank Kansas schools and student achievement based on one assessment are missing the mark.  “What is easy to measure gives us an incomplete picture,” Watson said recently to the State Board of Education.   Using only the Kansas Assessment Program tests to gauge student success would be like trying to improve one’s health by only losing weight, instead of also trying to improve additional health indicators, such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, Watson said.  Watson also noted how using state assessments alone could...

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Little over three weeks left for nominations for 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Just a little over three weeks remain for the Kansas State Department of Education to accept nominations for the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson has often encouraged districts to recognize exemplary teachers because it benefits teachers, students, schools, district and communities. The nominations for 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year close May 3. For more information, please contact KSDE at 785-296-2551. Here is a link to more information.

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Preparing for the worst: Active shooter drill tests response to events we hope will never happen

by Andrea Hartzell, ahartzell@kasb.org 9:37 a.m. a person walked into the front office of Washburn Rural Middle School. Suddenly shots ring out. The shooter had incapacitated the office staff and moved out into the commons area. A blond woman in a gray hoodie - she shouted out a name - looking for someone. She started shooting again; running through the hallways as smoke filled the air and the smell of gunpowder permeated our noses. In one hallway two students were shot, injured and screaming for help. In another, four. Down another hall two, one fatally. Shots continued to ring out....

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KASB Daily Education Report, Thur. April 4

Kansas legislators on Thursday sent to Gov. Laura Kelly a bi-partisan school funding plan that supporters said they believe will satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court direction to add an inflation adjustment to earlier funding increases.  Kelly indicated she would sign SB 16 into law and send it to the court for inspection, tweeting that the Legislature “took an important step today towards addressing the needs of our students, supporting our teachers and fully funding our schools. I’m proud this reasonable commonsense plan was embraced with bipartisan support today. Kansans want us to work together to move Kansas forward.  “By investing in...

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Status of education bills as House and Senate take break

As the full House and Senate go on a short break until Monday, here is the status of major education bills. Education advocates are urged to contact their legislators to talk about K-12 finance, resolving the Gannon lawsuit and the many policy provisions in SB 16. On funding, KASB urges support of SB 142, which includes the four-year inflation adjustment supported by the State Board of Education, Gov. Laura Kelly and the Senate. KASB opposes HB 2395. On policy provisions, KASB opposes many of the provisions of SB 16. House – No action on Substitute for HB 2395 (Funding); leaves...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. March 26

After passing an education policy bill, SB 16, with multiple requirements for school reporting, studies and program requirements, the Kansas House adjourned Tuesday without voting on how to respond to the Gannon school finance case. No vote is scheduled for today, and the House will not meet again until Monday, with the adjournment of the regular Legislative session April 5.  The Kansas Senate has already passed a bill, SB 142, that adjusts school district foundation aid to add about $90 million a year to the five-year funding plan approved last session to meet the inflation adjustment requested by the Kansas...

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ALERT: School funding debate today; KASB opposes HB 2395.

The Kansas House today is scheduled to debate two bills – HB 2395 and SB 16 -- concerning school funding and education policy today, both recommended Thursday by the K-12 Education Budget Committee. KASB opposes HB 2395. We support portions of SB 16 but believe those policy items should be addressed after the school funding issue is resolved. School leaders are urged to contact House members about your views on these bills.  School board members are urged to contact their legislators through text or phone calls to encourage them to vote against both bills. There are many other bills scheduled for...

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ALERT: House schedules debate on school funding and other education bills Monday

The Kansas House has scheduled Monday to debate two bills – HB 2395 and SB 16 -- concerning school funding and education policy recommended yesterday by the K-12 Education Budget Committee. School leaders are urged to contact House members about your views on these bills.  Several other education-related bills are also scheduled for debate Monday, along with numerous other issues. It is also possible debate on these measures could be postponed. Here are KASB’s positions.  Response to Gannon, HB 2395:  HB 2395 is the House committee’s response to the Gannon school finance case. It would provide the same level of additional funding...

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Tue. March 19

Numerous education groups, including KASB, testified Tuesday in support of SB 142, which provides the inflation adjustment for school finance. Also supporting the bill were Game on Kansas, the Kansas PTA, United School Administrators-Kansas, Kansas NEA, Mainstream Coalition, and the Blue Valley, Olathe, De Soto, Gardner Edgerton, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill districts. KASB argued before the House K-12 Education Budget Committee that the increased funding in SB 142 will help increase student success, settle the long running Gannon lawsuit and bring funding levels near the 2009 inflation-adjusted level. Here is a link to the testimony. Erin Gould, representing Game On Kansas,...

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KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Mon. March 18

KASB is urging school leaders to contact their legislators and urge them to support SB 142, which will be heard Tuesday (March 19) in the House K-12 Education Budget Committee. SB 142 includes the funding for the inflation adjustment that has been endorsed by the State Board of Education, Gov. Laura Kelly, KASB and numerous other education groups. It was approved last week on a bi-partisan 32-8 vote in the Senate. On Monday, the House K-12 Education Budget Committee closed the hearing on HB 2395, which KASB, numerous education groups and the Mainstream Coalition opposed. Here is a link to KASB's...

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