Teacher Issues

Mandating Applied Behavior Analysis Services in Kansas school districts

KASB is providing this fact sheet (below) on the issue of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has generated much discussion since House Bill 2410, the proposed school finance measure, was advanced with a provision that would require ABA therapy for public school students in some cases. The measure has prompted questions about the cost of such therapy, who would pay, who is qualified to provide it and how many students would be eligible. `Mandating Applied Behavior Analysis Services in Kansas School Districts' answers these questions and many more. As the school finance bill advances through the Legislature, we encourage education officials to...

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Tallman Report: There is no evidence Kansas could achieve higher student success through expanded school choice

This post is from a report on school finance released by KASB as the Kansas Legislature works to develop a new school finance plan in compliance with the Kansas Supreme Court decision on adequate funding. Today: states with tax credit programs to provide scholarships to private schools have no better academic success than Kansas, and in most cases, worse. Read Full Blog

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KASB conducts workshop on recent special education decision

More than 70 educators from across the state gathered at KASB on Monday to learn about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on special education. Sarah Loquist, KASB attorney, led a workshop on the Endrew F. v Douglas County (Colorado) School District ruling in which the court set a higher standard for schools to follow in providing education to students with disabilities. Loquist said the previous standard to determine whether a student received appropriate education services was based on showing merely more than minimal progress. The new standard is more ambitious. The unanimous decision states that "every child should have the...

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State Board working on Kansans Can, teacher retention

The Kansas State Board of Education will be working on its Kansans Can goals, teacher shortages and many other topics during its monthly meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials. The board will: Receive an update from the Early Childhood team to support kindergarten readiness, which is one of the five areas of focus under the State Board’s Kansans Can initiative of helping every student become successful. Discuss a proposed marketing campaign for teacher recruitment and retention. A state task force has reported that the number of teacher education majors and teaching...

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Coalition of Innovative School Districts updates State Board

The Kansas State Board of Education received its bi-annual report from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts during its regular April meeting Tuesday in Topeka. Marysville USD 364 Superintendent Bill Mullins represented the group of six districts sharing the work that has been their focus over the past few months. First up was sharing the Vision and Mission of the group: Vision: Act as purposeful risk takers to meet the needs of our diverse learners, by challenging the status quo. Mission: Challenge traditional thinking, construct brighter futures, through collegiality, with a focus on research based practice. Mullins also reported on the work of two...

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Trauma workshop offers strategies

Dr. Marcia Weseman on Tuesday presented “Trauma Smart: The Journey to Become a Trauma-Informed School Community,” to a capacity audience of school social workers, teachers, superintendents and other school leaders at KASB. The day-long workshop offered strategies to help teachers and others understand the impact of trauma on children and how to help those children recover and become successful. Weseman has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator. Trauma is any event that places overwhelming demands on the body’s psychological systems, resulting in a profound sense of helplessness and lack of control. Children who’ve experienced trauma...

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KASB offers summary and seminar on Supreme Court special education decision

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could have a significant impact on how school districts develop services for special education students, according to the KASB legal department. KASB attorneys have prepared a summary of the Endrew F. decision released last month, and will hold a special seminar on the  implications of that case for school leaders and special education staff on Monday, May 8 at the KASB office in Topeka. In the decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Kansas) had not been applying the appropriate standard to determine whether a...

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Trauma workshop set for Tuesday

KASB will host a workshop Tuesday to help educators understand the needs of students who have experienced trauma. The workshop will be led by Dr. Marcia Weseman, who is a trainer for the Trauma Smart Program at Crittenton Children’s Center, which is part of the St. Luke’s Health System. Weseman has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator. “Trauma Smart: The Journey to Become a Trauma-Informed School Community,” will be a day-long workshop that help schools help children cope and recover from traumatic experiences and become successful students. To register online go to www.kasb.org and click on...

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State Board to consider specialized certificates

The Kansas State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether to renew specialized certificates for 15 instructors to teach for Kansas City USD 500. The board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday and on Wednesday will visit the Kansas School for the Blind in Kansas City and Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe. On Tuesday, the board will consider whether to renew the specialized certificates for one year. In 2015, the board approved the Coalition of Innovative School Districts’ proposal to hire non-licensed professional employees or licensed professional employees in areas outside their area of licensure. In other business,...

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Senate Committee advances two retirement bills

Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance on Thursday advanced two working after retirement bills that will likely be the subject of conference committee deliberations later this session. Committee members amended SB 138, which exempts KPERS licensed school retirees from the working after retirement earnings limitation, to create a new working after retirement subsection for those who retire on or after Jan. 1, 2018. If those retirees are under age 62, they would have to wait 180 days before they could return to work for a KPERS employer. If they are 62 or over, the retirees would have to wait 60 days...

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