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KASB conducting meetings tonight in Lawrence, Gardner for potential school board candidates

With the June 3 deadline approaching to file to run for school board, KASB will hold two meetings tonight for those interested in serving on their local board. KASB Deputy Executive Director Doug Moeckel will conduct a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence at the USD 497 Education Support Center, 110 McDonald Dr. And KASB Assistant Executive Director for Leadership Services Brian Jordan will conduct a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Gardner at the Gardner-Edgerton USD 231 board office, 231 E. Madison St. The meetings will provide information to those who are wanting to run for school board. Moeckel and Jordan [...]

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Farm to School program provides healthy meals, ag education

Fruit is sweeter close to home. That’s what school officials hear from students when they buy watermelon and other fruit from nearby farms. Officials and students from several districts praised the “Farm to School” initiative in a presentation Tuesday to the State Board of Education. The program connects schools with local farms in order to serve nutritious meals and give students hands-on opportunities to grow gardens, raise farm animals and learn how to cook. “These are truly living, breathing classrooms,” said Jenny Lazarus, outdoor education coordinator of Lawrence USD 497. Students are learning where their food comes from and to eat healthy, she [...]

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State Board of Education seeks policies to address increase in students using e-cigarettes

Concerned by the explosive increase in the number of young people using e-cigarettes, the State Board of Education on Tuesday said it will work to help districts enact enhanced policies to make schools tobacco- and vape-free and help students who have become addicted. “I had no idea how serious this problem is,” Board Member Jim McNiece said after a presentation by school and health officials. McNiece and other board members expressed alarm over the increased use by students of the battery-powered e-cigarettes that can deliver high quantities of nicotine and other harmful chemicals through a liquid. Board members also decried the [...]

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New videos explain running for school board

The June 3 filing deadline to run for school boards is quickly approaching, and KASB offers a wealth of resources for prospective candidates.  Assistant Executive Director for Leadership Services Brian Jordan and Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter, who serves on the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education, have recorded a new video that delves into the rights and responsibilities of school boards, tips for being an effective and astute board member, and how KASB supports Kansas school boards. Fliter also gives prospective candidates advice on how and where to file and getting your name out.  KASB’s School Board Elections Guide [...]

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ReConnect can help rural schools with broadband access

The State Director of USDA Rural Development sat down with KASB recently to talk about a new federal program that could help Kansas schools connect their communities to broadband internet access. The video interview is available at this link.  Lynne Hinrichsen said the $600 million federal ReConnect Infrastructure Program will enable “critical community facilities” like schools, hospitals and community centers to work with rural telecommunications and electric utilities on partnerships to provide broadband service to some of the most rural areas in the state. The application window opened in late April.  USDA is making available up to $200 million in grants, [...]

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Vaping, early childhood, school redesign on State Board of Education’s agenda

Concerns about the increase in student use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, will be presented to the State Board of Education. The presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday and will be conducted by Jordan Roberts, youth prevention manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; David Stubblefield, executive director of school administration for Blue Valley USD 229 and Mark Thompson, education program consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials. Also on Tuesday, the board will receive an update on work going on to strengthen Kansas’ early childhood system. [...]

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Fifty-six teachers honored by Kansas Reading Roadmap

Fifty-six teachers and classroom staff are being honored across the state for their work promoting early literacy, ensuring that children are equipped for future educational success. As part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) honored a teacher at 56 of their partner schools across the state. The KRR Outstanding Early Literacy Teacher award recognizes a teacher who contributes significantly to early literacy at their school. KRR asked schools to nominate a teacher who has played a critical role in the school to help students succeed in reading. The 56 nominees were honored by KRR within [...]

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Early childhood community engagement meetings set for next week in Great Bend, Osborne

State officials have scheduled meetings next week in Great Bend and Osborne to seek input from Kansans to address early childhood issues. The community engagement meetings will be held Monday in Great Bend at the Holiday Inn Express from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The meeting in Osborne will be held Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Osborne Senior Center. The meetings are being held throughout the state for the next several months as part of an effort to develop a comprehensive assessment of what is needed for early childhood in [...]

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Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying to meet May 28; public comment ground rules

The Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying will hold its first meeting later this month and is seeking public comment on ways to address bullying. The initial meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue. May 28 in Clearwater at the South Central Kansas Education Service Center. The goals of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying are to study the problem, coordinate with stakeholders, review work in areas of social and emotional learning; review current statutes and practices and make recommendations to the State Board of Education. Members of the 37-member task force include educators, legislators, counselors, [...]

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Kansas Supreme Court: Arguments made; decision awaits

The state and plaintiff school districts Thursday argued before the Kansas Supreme Court over whether the state’s recent $90 million increase for K-12 funding was enough to settle the long running Gannon lawsuit. Toby Crouse, an attorney representing the state, said the increase complied with the inflation adjustment ordered last year by the court. Coupled with an earlier approved $522 million phase-in of increased funding, Crouse said the state was in substantial compliance with court decisions in the decade-long litigation and the case should be dismissed. Alan Rupe, the attorney representing school districts that sued the state, said the $90 million [...]

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