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KASB training for evaluation of principals, teachers slated for Wichita, Dodge City

KASB will conduct training for the evaluation of principals and teachers this month in two locations — Wichita and Dodge City. The Wichita session will be held Thur. July 23 at the Alvin Morris Administrative Center. To register, go to this link. The Dodge City session will be held Tue. July 28 at the Dodge City USD 443 Adult Learning Center. To register, go to this link. Both sessions will start at 9 a.m. and conclude about 3:30 p.m. The morning session will focus on evidence seen throughout the evaluation. The afternoon will discuss the evaluation timeline and process. Team trainings can...

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KASB Online: Title IX regulations, reopening school buildings

KASB will conduct online workshops on new Title IX regulations and reopening school buildings. The Title IX session will be held at noon Wednesday (July 15), while the Roadmap to Reopening Framework Overview will start at noon Friday (July 17). KASB attorneys will outline new Title IX regulations, focusing on what school districts need to address before the Aug. 14 effective date of the regulations. The regulations cover responding to sexual harassment claims, procedures to follow for investigations, responsibilities and qualifications of those investigating and deciding the outcomes of investigations, and the rights of the parties in a claim. There will...

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State Board of Education to consider school reopening guidance plan

A plan to help districts reopen school buildings will be presented to the State Board of Education on Tuesday. The board will act on the “Navigating Change 2020” guidance document on Wednesday. Districts have been working this spring and summer on reopening schools after switching to mostly online learning in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Navigating Change 2020” is meant to ensure districts reopen buildings safely while providing strong learning environments. More than 1,000 Kansans, including teachers, parents, students, health officials, school board members, and others worked on the set of recommendations. Education leaders have said that because of COVID-19, most...

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KASB Advocacy update at noon today to review numerous K-12 issues

The KASB Advocacy staff will conduct an online session at noon today (Fri. July 10) to review and discuss numerous public school issues facing state education leaders. To register for the meeting, go to this link. Kansas’ school reopening recommendations, Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to avoid K-12 cuts, the state fiscal picture, recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on religious school funding, upcoming primaries and more will be covered during the update. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Let’s walk kindly together as we respond to today’s traumas

As I start this journey as your President of KASB, our country is thrashing about into a mosh pit filled with frenzied citizens. Some are waving their hands peacefully in union with humankind to express solidarity and others are raging with fists pumped ready to fight anyone that gets in their way; filled with anger that cannot be calmed with reason, a mass of humanity, thrown together without a common song. The melody of these voices crying out for justice, peace and equality bring me great sadness and stir my soul into action. I feel compelled to move away...

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Kelly issues Executive Order on foster children and education

Governor Laura Kelly today issued an executive order directing the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Education to prepare an annual report on educational outcomes for children and families.  Here is a link to the executive order, and to the Governor's media release.  The information to be provided is similar to requirements in a bill passed by the 2020 Legislature but vetoed by the Governor. Governor Kelly said she vetoed the bill over concerns about the cost of another provision in the bill that would have a created a new state scholarship program for postsecondary education.  State and local data indicate that children in foster care have...

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Second Equity Series event draws 900 viewers

The Kansas Equity Series on race and equity sponsored by KASB, USA-Kansas and Topeka USD 501 continued Tuesday morning with a focus on how school boards, districts and their communities must intentionally commit to equity training and awareness. Almost 900 people viewed Tuesday’s conversation, which was live streamed on KASB’s Facebook page and is archived there. Participants included Wichita USD 259 Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson, Caney Valley USD 436 Superintendent Blake Vargas; Kansas African American Affairs Commission Board Member and Topeka USD 501 Director of Certified Personnel and Equity Dr. Beryl New; Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board Member Jurdene Coleman; and...

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Numerous K-12 issues to be reviewed during KASB Advocacy update on Friday

The KASB Advocacy staff will conduct an online session at noon Friday (July 10) to review and discuss numerous public school issues facing state education leaders. Kansas’ school reopening recommendations, Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to avoid K-12 cuts, the state fiscal picture, recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on religious school funding, upcoming primaries and more will be covered during the update. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The advocacy session is available to all who receive...

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KASB online Regional Meetings will review KSDE reopening guidance

KASB will hold a series of on-line meetings for school leaders planning reopening schools this fall, following release of the Kansas State Department of Education guidance.  The guidance and options will be presented to the State Board of Education for action next Wednesday, July 15.   On Friday, July 17, at 12 noon KASB will present a 90-minute on-line interactive Zoom meeting called “Roadmap to Reopening: Framework Overview” on the major issues school boards will face in planning for school this fall. The event will be repeated the following Wednesday, July 22, also at noon. There is no charge for these sessions, but members will have to register to attend the Zoom conference.  On...

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Kansas Equity Series on race continues Tuesday

The Kansas Equity Series on race and equity sponsored by KASB, USA-Kansas and Topeka USD 501 continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tuesday’s discussion will feature Wichita USD 259 Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson; Caney Valley USD 436 Superintendent Blake Vargas; Kansas African American Affairs Commission Board Member and Topeka USD 501 Director of Certified Personnel and Equity Dr. Beryl New; and Emporia USD 253 Board of Education President Art Gutierrez. The dialog on race and equity will be facilitated by USA-Kansas Executive Director G.A. Buie and former KASB President and former Topeka Public Schools Board President Patrick Woods. You can register for...

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