State Board

 Services set for KASB Past President Nick Slechta (3/28/2017) 
   Nicholas V. "Nick" Slechta, who served as KASB president in 1985-86, died March 17 in Newton. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 29 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth with inurnment following in Ellsworth Cemetery.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (3/24/2017) 
   Two weeks from first adjournment, the Kansas Legislature has started what promises to be a difficult process to pass a new school finance plan, state budget and the tax increases needed to pay for it all.
 KASB neutral on new school finance bill, supports some parts, but funding falls short (3/23/2017) 
   KASB on Thursday said it is neutral on the new school finance proposal as introduced — supporting some provisions but also noting the legislation falls far short of providing enough revenue to help students succeed.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (3/17/2017) 
   Spring break? Not for Kansas school leaders.
 Senate approves budget bill without cuts to schools (3/17/2017) 
   The Kansas Senate on Thursday approved a budget without cuts to public schools or other state services.
 KASB's school finance tracking document (3/17/2017) 
   Here is a link to that document. Next week, more in-depth discussions are expected on school finance.
 KASB Legal Division offers on-site board, staff trainings (3/17/2017) 
   KASB's legal staff provides training to boards of education, administrative teams and building-level staff. Topics are customized to fit local needs and expectations.
 Q & A with SBOE Chairman Porter (3/16/2017) 
   Jim Porter was recently elected chairman of the 10-member State Board of Education. Porter, of Fredonia, has served on the board since 2015 and represents District 9, which covers southeast Kansas.
 Transgender rights case sent back to lower court (3/6/2017) 
   The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent a student’s transgender rights case back to a lower appeals court after President Donald Trump’s administration rescinded federal protections for transgender students, leaving the matter to states.
 School finance ruling 11 am today, KASB webinar on decision 4 pm (3/2/2017) 
   The Kansas Supreme Court will issue its decision on the Gannon school finance case at approximately 11 a.m. today and KASB will conduct a webinar on the ruling at 4 p.m. today.
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