KASB and KSDE review federal issues in live video

KASB and KSDE staffers reviewed federal education issues Tuesday in a live video interview that has been archived on KASB’s You Tube channel. Click on “KASB Newsmakers – Federal Programs Update with KSDE.” 

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter interviewed KSDE Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services Assistant Director Doug Boline, who specializes in foster care and migrant children programs, KansasStar and the Kansas Learning Network. Boline reviewed the federal Title funds that fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA was enacted in 2015 and replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). You can view the KSDE Title Funds PowerPoint presentation here. 

Boline and Fliter also discussed KSDE’s Consolidated Plan for Federal Programs, which sets out the department’s ESSA implementation goals. The plan sets ambitious and unprecedented goals for academic proficiency and graduation rates for Kansas students by the year 2030, including for demographic subgroups that currently show substantially lower achievement rates than their overall peers. Boline noted that lofty goals are necessary if Kansas is to achieve the State Board of Education’s vision of leading the world in the success of each student. KSDE submitted the plan to the U.S. Department of Education on September 15; you can read KASB’s analysis of the plan here. 

Fliter offered an update on the latest Congressional effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” As of Tuesday afternoon, momentum appeared to be building for a U.S. Senate vote on a proposal by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy that would, among other provisions, impose an annual per-capita cap on Medicaid payments to states.  

School districts across the United States routinely use Medicaid reimbursements to help pay for school-based services like speech, physical and occupational therapy required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and for other in-school medical services such as vision and hearing checks. Kansas schools received $46 million in Medicaid reimbursements in calendar year 2015-16. 

KASB has issued an alert urging members to contact Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to ask them to defend school-based Medicaid services. 

A district by district breakdown of Medicaid reimbursements to Kansas schools is available at this link; click on “Medicaid Reimbursement Cut Impact on Kansas Schools.”   

 

 

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