Newsroom Archive

Kelly, school officials urge Kansans to get involved to ensure accurate Census count

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday announced a statewide initiative to make sure every Kansan is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census so that schools and numerous other entities receive their fair share of federal dollars.  Through an executive order, Kelly formed the Kansas Complete Count Committee, which will work with local groups to get an accurate Census count next year.  “The data collected in the Census informs how the federal government distributes funds to our state — through 55 different federal programs,” Kelly said. “And it’s these funds that help to pay for roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services and much more,” [...]

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KASB BOLD class will be in Topeka this week to learn about deferred maintenance, human resources and more

KASB’s BOLD class this week will explore the nuts and bolts of deferred maintenance of school facilities and human resources, working with school boards and leading through change.  The two-day session will take place on Thursday at Topeka USD 501’s Center for Advance Learning and Careers and on Friday at KASB headquarters.   BOLD, which stands for Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management.   The six BOLD sessions held around the state are led by [...]

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Opponents, proponents of SB 16 continue the debate

SB 16 is now before the Kansas Supreme Court, but the debate continues over the new school finance law in the court of public opinion.  During the legislative break, legislators who opposed SB 16 are criticizing it in writing and legislative forums while education advocates who supported the bill are pushing back.  The most notable political confrontation was prompted by House Speaker Ron Ryckman’s opinion piece, which ran in several media outlets.   In the piece, Ryckman, R-Olathe, says the K-12 inflation adjustment approved by Gov. Laura Kelly and bi-partisan majorities in the House and Senate was unsustainable and will lead to tax [...]

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Kansas Supreme Court denies request from State Board of Education to file brief in Gannon case

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday denied an application from the State Board of Education to file an amicus legal brief supporting the funding portion of SB 16 in the Gannon school finance lawsuit. The court noted such applications must be made 30 days before oral arguments in the case, which is scheduled for May 9. The board submitted the application Thursday, saying it didn’t have a chance to decide to seek application until its monthly meeting on Tuesday. The court denied a similar request from Gov. Laura Kelly for the same reason. The funding plan eventually adopted by the Legislature [...]

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Little change in new revenue estimate; Kelly urges caution

In perhaps the most steady revenue estimate in more than a decade, Kansas legislators will see little change in state finances when they return to write a budget on May 1. For school finance, nothing has changed based on the new Consensus Revenue Estimate released Thursday. Prior to the session break, legislators and Gov. Laura Kelly approved a $90 million K-12 increase for an inflation adjustment called for by the Kansas Supreme Court. The measure is now before the court with plaintiff school districts saying it falls about $270 million short of what is needed for schools. A decision on the new [...]

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KASB Leadership for Tomorrow to meet in Coffeyville, Neodesha

KASB Leadership for Tomorrow will hit the road next month for learning sessions at Coffeyville USD 445 and Neodesha USD 461.  At Coffeyville on Thur. May 2, the group will cover numerous topics including school-based community health, trauma-informed care, student-led marketing and retail endeavors.  On Fri. May 3, LFT will visit classrooms in Neodesha and discuss transformations under the Kansans Can School Redesign project.  LFT members are also studying and will be reporting on the works of several change theorists.   Leadership for Tomorrow gives board members, superintendents and administrators time to explore education theories and strategies, participate in leadership skill training and expand [...]

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41 more schools leap into Kansans Can School Redesign Project as Apollo launches

Forty-one schools representing 19 districts across Kansas will take part in Apollo, the fourth phase of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. The names of the schools and districts were shared Tuesday during the Kansas State Board of Education meeting. The announcement brings the total number of schools taking part in the redesign process to about 150, representing 66 school districts. "This is a really exciting opportunity," said State Board Chair Kathy Busch. The Kansans Can School Redesign Project was announced in 2017 in support of Kansas’ vision for education - Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. The schools [...]

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State Board of Education wants to tell Kansas Supreme Court to approve funding portion of SB 16

The State Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously voted to seek to file a friend of the court legal brief supporting the school funding portion of SB 16 that is before the Kansas Supreme Court. “This is our plan,” said State Board member Jim Porter, a Republican from Fredonia. “Both the House and Senate and governor have adopted our plan and that is historic,” he said. Ann Mah, a Democratic board member from Topeka, said the funding portion of SB 16 has met the Kansas Supreme Court’s requirements and the board would like to see the litigation ended. The board voted 10-0 [...]

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State asks Kansas Supreme Court to dismiss Gannon school finance lawsuit; plaintiff districts say new law still falls short

The Gannon lawsuit may come down to math. On Monday, the State of Kansas asked the Kansas Supreme Court to accept SB 16 as an adequate response to the long-running Gannon school finance litigation and dismiss the case. But the plaintiff school districts say the new law still falls short and have urged the court to order the Legislature to try again. While SB 16 adds approximately $90 million in response to the court’s last Gannon decision and sustains that for the next four years, the plaintiffs say the court wants an additional $90 million added on top each of the [...]

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New law would allow change in dates of school board officer elections

Gov. Laura Kelly has signed into law legislation that includes a provision that will allow local school boards to elect officers in January instead of July. The measure was filed this session as SB 7 by state Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, and then later became part of the SB 130 Conference Committee Report, which the governor signed Monday. The conference committee report also included numerous election law changes. When the Kansas Legislature changed school board and other local elections from April to November of odd-numbered years, it provided that school board members would take office on the second Monday of the [...]

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