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Are the Schools of the Present the Schools of the Future?

What’s happening now in Kansas will change how we educate our children. The outcome of the 2014 General Election, the next Legislative Session - even recommendations from groups such as the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission - all have the potential to influence policies, regulations and school funding.

The courts and politicians have had their say. The Kansas Supreme Court, State Legislature, Governor and Kansas State Board of Education have all agreed the Rose Standards are the appropriate measure to use when determining adequate funding for Kansas public schools. This is now a part of our state’s constitutional test when deciding if the Legislature has made “suitable provisions for finance of the educational interests of the state.”

Locally elected boards of education, professional educators and communities should guide the future of public schools in Kansas, but they must become part of the conversation. How should we prepare our students for success after high school graduation? How will we measure progress and hold ourselves accountable for meeting the Rose Standards? What state policies need changed or added? What resources do we need, both now and in the future? 

Kansas public schools and their communities have new opportunities for collaboration, change and innovation, leading our students and our state to greater heights of achievement and future success. Become part of the discussions and join education and community leaders at one of the six KASB 2014 Fall Education Summits.
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A Message from
KASB President
Rod Stewart

Welcome back! Come to a Fall Summit

I hope that your school year has gotten off to a great start! The beginning of school is always an exciting time, whether you are entering your first year of school or your last, your first days on the job, or your first year in the leadership chair of the board of education. We’re all involved in something very important – public education!

In my role as president of KASB, I have the opportunity to attend many workshops and meetings, some on the national level, and some closer to home. Do you know what I see everywhere I go? I see hard-working, dedicated individuals wanting to do what’s best for kids. I also see some groups who seem to want to discredit public education and weaken our system. What we are doing is too important to let them succeed.

A few weeks ago, KASB hosted a meeting of about 80 individuals representing many organizations and groups, including legislators, state board members, KNEA, state administrator groups and PTA. We spent the day discussing how our education goals based on the Rose capacities align with initiatives at the post-secondary, K-12 and early childhood levels, and what policies or decisions need to be made to move our schools forward. It was an exciting, energizing day, and I couldn’t help but wish every school board in every community across our state could have a similar conversation.

In fact, I believe everyone should have this conversation. Public schools and school funding will be on the agenda once the 2015 Legislative Session roles around in January. Before the state can decide how much money is needed to reach the Rose capacities – which is the new test for school funding decided by the Supreme Court last March – we have to find agreement on what the standards mean and how to assess whether or not students are meeting them. The education community should be ready to tell our legislators what needs to change and what resources are needed. This will only happen if we start talking now.

A great first step is to come to the KASB Fall Summits coming up the end of September and first part of October. You’ll get to hear similar information to what I heard this summer, and you’ll get to discuss what that means for your local community. I encourage every school district to bring a team of board members, staff and community members. There are a number of education-related agencies and organizations working to help our state and school districts understand and connect the new standards to the current public education system in Kansas. But this is a conversation for every community and every school board in Kansas. 

If you have any questions or comments, I hope you will reach out and let me know!

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