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Get the latest information on education issues at the Advocacy in Action Conference set for Jan. 16-17 in Topeka

With school finance at the top of the 2019 legislative session, education advocates can get the latest information on K-12 issues, visit with legislators and hear from state leaders during the Advocacy in Action Conference in Topeka.  The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center. To register, go here.  On Wed. Jan. 16, the conference will include talks from state officials and bus transportation to the Statehouse for meetings with legislators. The conference will also include a watch party as incoming Gov. Laura Kelly...

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New chairs on House Education committees for 2019 session

House Education Committees that will deal with school funding and other K-12 issues have new chairs and members for the 2019 Legislative Session that starts Jan. 14.   Under committee assignments announced by House leaders, Rep. Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, will chair the K-12 Education Budget Committee with Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater, serving as vice chair and Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, serving as the ranking minority member.  In recent years, the K-12 Education Budget Committee has been the main committee in the Legislature dealing with school finance legislation. It will likely continue in that role as legislators face a deadline from the Kansas Supreme...

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KASB seeks nominations for LFT Class of 2019

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org The Kansas Association of School Boards is accepting nominations for the Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019. Any past graduate of the program can nominate colleagues. Individuals can self-nominate and current KASB members can also submit a nomination.   The program is open to any KASB member district’s school board member or school administrator. Because the program is highly interactive, participation is limited. Building-level leaders are encouraged to apply. Board members and district-level administration will be given first priority.   Deadline for nominations is Jan. 18, 2019. Once nominated an application and further instructions will be sent to the nominee,...

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Funeral service set for Sara Jean McGhehey

A funeral service for Sara Jean McGhehey will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 4700 17th St. in Topeka. McGhehey died last week at the age of 94. She was the wife of Dr. Marion McGhehey, who was the first full-time executive director of KASB, serving from 1961 until his death in 1982. A full obituary for Sara Jean McGhehey is here.

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LFT Class of 2018 completes program

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org Twenty-six education leaders from across Kansas recently completed a year-long leadership development class sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards.   KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 were chosen last January through a nomination and application process focusing on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  A combination of site visits, group reflection and collaboration projects were used during the four sessions. The goal is to give the participants time to explore a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement....

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Work of two students reflected in Governor’s Education Council report

Two students who served on the Gov. Jeff Colyer’s Education Council said if educators could do one thing to help students it would be to de-emphasize the importance of the ACT score to get into college. Alexis Gaudreau, a senior at Topeka West High School, said she has a 4.0 GPA and participates in numerous extracurricular activities. But she has test anxiety and doesn’t do well on high-stakes tests, such as the ACT. That has hurt her ability to get scholarships, she said, as she plans to pursue a college degree. Max Glaze, a senior at Maize High School, surveyed 50 students...

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Colyer’s education council approves recommendations; Kelly transition says she will continue council’s work

Gov. Jeff Colyer’s Education Council approved its final recommendations Tuesday and the incoming administration of Gov.-elect Laura Kelly says it will continue the work of the council to provide advice on improving education and workforce opportunities in Kansas. Cindy Lane, a member of Kelly’s transition team and a former Kansas City USD 500 superintendent, indicated Kelly would appoint a new council and Lane asked members of the current council who are interested in continuing to serve to contact the transition office. “The work you have done should be the launching pad for what the next council does,” Lane said during the...

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Federal commission releases report on school safety

The Federal Commission on School Safety released its report today. The Commission recommends increasing school safety through intergovernmental cooperation and funding of school safety training and building security measures and increased cooperation and funding to provide school-based mental health services. It recommends schools develop crisis training and media plans to respond to and address school shootings, advocates for emergency and crisis training for law enforcement and applauds efforts to funnel retired law enforcement officers and members of the military into education-related jobs.  Many of the issues and recommendations identified in the report were addressed on the state level by the...

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Shutdown would not affect federal education funding

Although a federal government shutdown appears increasingly likely, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fiscal Year 2019 funding will not be affected.  Congressional leaders and President Trump continue to battle over Trump’s desire to pay for a $5 billion proposal by the administration and the Department of Homeland Security to build a wall at the border with Mexico. If the government shuts down, it would impact the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, and Housing & Urban Development. Funding for other agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, was approved prior to the midterm elections.  School Safety   Last...

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