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SBR: KASB celebrates 100 years of service

KASB celebrated its centennial anniversary at its annual conference in Wichita by reflecting on its past of service to public education and preparing for a future that promises to be dominated by rapid change. From Friday through Sunday, more than 500 school board members and administrators from across the state attended the event, which offered dozens of educational sessions, leadership training, school visits and more than 100 exhibitors. In the general session keynote address, Matt Beaudreau, a millennial expert from The Center for Generation Kinetics, talked about the characteristics of millennials, who are quickly becoming the largest and most influential demographic...

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SBR: President’s Perspective: Kansas children have remained the focus throughout KASB’s history

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Fall is such an exciting time of year. There are so many activities in so many areas of my life, important traditions that I look forward to each year. Our district’s BandCats have a competition almost every weekend – a special tradition in my household – and our sports teams and academic teams are competing. Our schools are filled with busy teachers and students, and there are so many new initiatives underway!  Wearing my parent hat, we have attended college football games, parents’ days, concerts and undertaken multiple “I forgot, will you bring…” trips in...

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SBR President’s Perspective: Choice abundant in public schools

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 “School choice” has become a buzzword for discussing private schools, charters and voucher programs that allow public dollars to follow students to private schools. Support for this “choice” centers around options for alternative/varied programs and resources. Yet, those of us who work, support or utilize public schools realize that choice is abundant in our local public schools. We only have to look at our own districts to see the choices offered from Pre-K-12. My home district, at the high school level, offers a Health Pathway (CNA), Family & Community Services, A/V Communications, Construction & Design, Engineering,...

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SBR President’s Perspective: The Kansas vision: It’s up to us

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 During the 2017 Legislative Session, a new majority in the Kansas Legislature passed a tax plan to help Kansas get back on sound financial footing and fund basic responsibilities, including public schools. Republicans and Democrats joined in a bi-partisan effort to correct effects of earlier tax cuts and tax shifts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback that had drained reserves, hurt services and put the state budget in danger. In less than a year, many of the legislators who voted for the new investment in public schools and taxes will be challenged in primary elections by people...

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SBR Research and Analysis: Education of Kansas 18-24-year-olds

From the Census According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015, 87.5 percent of Kansas adults under age 25 had graduated from high school. This makes Kansas 20th in the nation in terms of high school graduation rates. In addition, 57.8 percent of 18-24-year-olds Kansans had some college or postsecondary education. This means they may have attended but did not yet complete a degree or certificate, or they earned a technical certification, an associates degree, or a higher degree. Kansas ranked 16th in the nation on this measure. Of young adult Kansans, 8.9 percent had completed a four‐year degree or higher ‐...

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SBR President’s Perspective: Many challenges before us

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 In keeping with tradition, the transition from one KASB president to another occurred recently without a hitch. Amy Martin completed her tenure as president on June 30. I took over the role July 1. A lot happened under Amy’s watch and I, and education advocates across the state, want to thank her for helping guide public school students over the past few years as a member of the Olathe USD 233 school board and as a leader with KASB. Amy’s work with KASB is not over by a long shot. As the immediate past president, she...

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SBR President’s Perspective: It has been a great year

Amy Martin Olathe USD 233 Board of Education KASB President July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 One hundred years. That’s how long the Kansas Association of School Boards has been serving education leaders. And as my year as president comes to an end, it strikes me that I got the best one. Granted, at the time I pen this we are two weeks into the veto session with no budget, no tax plan and no school funding formula. But on May 16, as I rose with my fellow officers and board members to be recognized on the House and Senate floors for...

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SBR: National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School: McKinley Elementary, Abilene USD 435

Abilene is steeped in history. It is the boyhood home of 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who said, “The proudest thing I can claim is that I’m from Abilene.” It was the railhead end of the Chisholm Trail. This historic legacy helps shape McKinley Elementary. “… like Ike we are not afraid to stretch the boundaries by accepting challenges to open up new opportunity for our students in our district and at McKinley School,” school officials wrote in their application to the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. McKinley Elementary, part of the Abilene USD 435, was one of four Kansas...

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SBR President’s Perspective: Step back and look at the big picture

Every now and then, we as school advocates feel like we are fighting against a never-ending onslaught of criticism of public school education. We test too much, we don’t test enough, we need to stick to the three `R’s,’ we need more options so our students can compete in the modern world, we spend too much, we need to pay teachers more (actually, we do need to pay teachers more), etc. etc.  Sometimes when schools are in the news, it seems that it is often for something bad or something that is made to look bad.   So, sometimes we need...

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