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Kelly vetoes GOP bill, calls special session, ends state’s phased-in reopening rules

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday vetoed the Republican bill that decreased her authority in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, called a special legislative session and ceded to local health departments the job of implementing restrictions during the pandemic.  In a news conference, Kelly reiterated her criticisms of HB 2054, which was passed during a marathon 24-hour session last week. The measure, approved with only Republican votes, put legislators in charge of allocating federal coronavirus relief funds and limited the governor’s ability to proclaim disasters, close businesses and impose crowd limits.   Kelly described the legislation as “partisan, self-serving and shortsighted.” But House...

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Unprecedented end of 2020 session to be discussed at board leadership forum

KASB’s Mark Tallman and Leah Fliter on Wednesday will provide details to education leaders on what the 2020 Legislature did to close its business during a marathon 24-hour session last week. The discussion will be held as part of KASB’s “Lunch and Learns” series, via Zoom from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday (May 27). The event is open to all KASB member boards of education and district leaders. There is no registration fee, however, pre-registration is required to receive access to the online sessions. To register, go to this link. Once registered, participants will receive a registration confirmation email from pinpoint@kasb.org...

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Elections 2020: Deadline to file candidacy is Monday, June 1

By Leah Fliter lfliter@kasb.org Elections will proceed as scheduled this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. With the Monday, June 1 filing deadline approaching, school leaders should be looking at candidates who they believe can best represent their values, including possibly running themselves. Several legislators and State Board of Education members began their public service as school board members and educators. Every seat in the Kansas Legislature is on the ballot, so the August primary and November general elections will be particularly important for Kansas public education because the final years of the funding formula that settled the Gannon school finance case...

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Legislature passes bills on COVID response, education and tax policies on final day

Just short of 24 hours after it began, the final day of the 2020 Legislature passed a multi-part bill addressing the COVID pandemic that Democrats say could be vetoed by Gov. Laura Kelly.  The Legislature also approved a bundle of several education bills, including a provision allowing districts to pay for student tuition in dual high school/college courses, and combined a number tax provisions.  Here are the provisions:  COVID response – HB 2054. Bill description. Conference Committee report.   The bill appropriates federal funding Kansas receives from COVID relief to the Legislative Coordinating Council, rather than the office of the Governor. It requires state...

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Kansas’ Tabatha Rosproy named 2020 National Teacher of the Year

Tabatha Rosproy often accompanied her mother, a nurse, to the nursing home where her mother worked. Tabatha C. Rosproy Tabatha said as a child she connected well with the elderly residents. It’s no wonder then that Tabatha would grow up to become a preschool teacher and develop a program where her classroom was housed in a retirement community. It was that kind of initiative that led to Winfield USD 465’s Rosproy being named the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year. On Thursday, Rosproy was named 2020 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. “I am so honored...

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Rest, recharging keys to making good decisions, helping others 

During Wednesday’s Board Leadership Forum, fondly referred to as “lunch and learns,” Dr. Marcia Weseman, KASB leadership Services, emphasized the importance of supporting the emotional well-being of school leaders, including board members and superintendents.  “Our emotions and energy levels are absorbed by those around us, we project what we are feeling to others. When we are calm, people around us feel safe,” she said.  However, Weseman, who has extensive experience providing trauma response training and leading resiliency initiatives, added an important caveat.  “Before we can help others, we have to manage ourselves,” she said.   She suggested thinking about it like the advice given...

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KASB Legislative Roundup, Wed. May 20

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a package of bills prompted by the COVID pandemic and the state’s response, sending to them to the full Senate tomorrow for an unusual one-day session to wrap up the 2020 Legislature.  The measures were amended into House bills, which means if passed by the Senate, the House can either agree to Senate positions without amendment or request a conference committee to negotiate changes. There are also several bills already in conference committee, which could be used to bring legislation to final action by the full House and Senate.  The specific wording of bills...

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KASB Online brings two options today for board development, discussion

Board members and district leadership teams have two opportunities today to participate in online sessions. Both sessions are led by KASB Leadership and Legal staff. Board Leadership Forum, 12-12:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2020 The first is the penultimate Board Leadership Forum at noon today led by Gary Sechrist, leadership services field specialist. KASB Attorney Sam Blasi will address how to handle public comments during virtual board meetings. This week's forum will also feature Dr. Marcia Weseman, leadership services field specialist. Dr. Weseman will share information on how to support administrators during difficult and unprecedented times. These 45 minutes Board Leadership Forums are open to all...

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Kelly names recovery council

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday announced the formation of a Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) taskforce to lead the state economy’s recovering from the COVID-29 pandemic.   The task force will work in conjunction with the Recovery Office announced earlier this month. That office is led by Executive Director Cheryl Harrison-Lee, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, and Chair Lyle Butler, retired Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce CEO.  The SPARK Taskforce membership will feature several state legislators, including retiring Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, House Minority Leader Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, Sen. Carolyn McGinn,...

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Legislators seek changes to continuous learning plans

Some legislators on Tuesday indicated they want to make changes to continuous learning plans if the online instruction practice is needed next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The House K-12 Education Budget Committee approved a proposal that would require that continuous learning plans include some “direct contact instruction.” The proposal also sets specific amounts of time that teachers must provide reading, math and English instruction and calls for accountability measures to gauge student progress. Here is a link to the proposal.   The plan, put together by Committee Chair Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, will be sent as a recommendation to the...

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