February issue of School Board Review is available

Programs for struggling students and funding those programs is the focus of the February issue of School Board Review, which is now available online and will be mailed shortly to school board members and school officials throughout Kansas.

Here’s a link to the February issue.

At-risk funding has come under scrutiny in the Legislature this session after release of an audit that questioned how funds were being used. State education officials have said the audit failed to grasp the many ways teachers use different strategies to help at-risk students.

KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about this complicated issue in his column and the cover story delves into the debate in the Legislature.

The February issue of SBR also includes a column from KASB President Shannon Kimball, of Lawrence USD 497, in which she welcomes new board members and their new ideas to meet the challenges facing public schools.

KASB also profiles and welcomes new members of our board of directors — Pam Dankenbring, Marysville USD 364 and Joe Beveridge, Olathe USD 233.

The issue also includes guest columnist — Aaron Kipp of Topeka USD 501 — who writes about the need for districts to use Big Data in strategic planning.

February also includes a story on Public Schools Week and provides education leaders with ways they can tout their schools.

Speaking of touting schools, one of Kansas’ top public school promoter  — Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis — received a prestigious award last month and we cover some of the accolades given him.

In addition, the issue includes guidance from the KASB legal department, a story on school leadership, the upcoming Women’s Leadership Summit and more.

We hope you enjoy School Board Review and as always, please contact Communications Editor Scott Rothschild at srothschild@kasb.org with any suggestions for the magazine.

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