KASB News

 Senate Ways & Means will finish next week (4/28/2017) 
   After working Thursday afternoon and Friday morning the Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold its version of the Omnibus bill until one final review that is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.
 Governor’s budget includes funds for early childhood, reading, at risk (4/28/2017) 
   The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday assembled its "omnibus" appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018. The measure includes funding for early childhood and reading programs and for certain at-risk programs.
 Trump signs order on federal regulations (4/27/2017) 
   President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order allowing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to propose getting rid of any federal regulations she determines intrude unlawfully on state and local control of public schools.
 Proposed changes to E-Rate could negatively impact low-income and rural areas (4/26/2017) 
   Proposed changes to a program that provides federal subsidies for education technology to schools could result in less support for schools and libraries in low-income areas, according to the National School Board Association.
 Budget committees to get to work in preparation for wrap up session (4/26/2017) 
   Legislative budget committees will start meeting Thursday in preparation for what promises to be a busy wrap up session focused on spending, taxes and school finance.
 Special: Kansas schools could lose critical funding under Trump budget proposal (4/26/2017) 
   If President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint for the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is enacted, Kansas schools could lose $60 million in federal funding that supports smaller class sizes, after-school and summer school programs and the educa
 2017 Westar Energy STEM Innovation Awards Submission Deadline July 14 (4/26/2017) 
   Three $3,000 grants to support innovative project-based instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are available from Westar Energy.
 KSSA supports $893 million school funding increase (4/25/2017) 
   The Kansas School Superintendents Association says the state should increase school funding by $893 million over two to three years.
 NSBA issues call to action to avoid government shutdown (4/25/2017) 
   The National School Board Association is encouraging education advocates to contact their members of Congress and urge them to avoid a government shutdown and approve appropriations for education and other federal programs.
 Feds release new ESSA guidelines (4/25/2017) 
   On April 10, the U.S. Department of Education released the first substantive guidance regarding implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) since the accountability and state plan regulations finalized under the Obama Administration were
 Moran meets with SBOE on Federal Issues (4/24/2017) 
   U.S. Senator Jerry Moran told the Kansas State Board of Education Saturday that President Donald Trump's budget proposal for education has little support in Congress.
 Republican party officials to select replacement for southeast Kansas state senator (4/24/2017) 
   A state senate position will be filled this week by probably fewer than 100 voters.Given the delicate political balance in the Legislature, the new senator could have a big impact on school finance, the budget and taxes.
 KASB Workers Comp board approves six percent rate reduction for members (4/24/2017) 
   The board of trustees of the KASB Workers Compensation Fund Inc. has approved the second consecutive annual decrease in the fund’s rating structure.
 NSBA advises school leaders to stay aware of movement on federal health care (4/24/2017) 
   The indication by U.S. House Republicans that they are continuing efforts to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act could have ramifications for Kansas school districts, especially in how the federal government funds its share of Medicaid.
 KASB Webinar at 12:30 p.m. today on new revenue estimate (4/21/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today on the state revenue picture.
 New revenue estimates forecast limited growth (4/21/2017) 
   General state tax revenues are expected to grow more than predicted last November over the rest of the current year and the next two years, but the increase will do little to close the projected state budget deficit.
 State Board to hold special Saturday meeting on federal issues (4/21/2017) 
   The State Board of Education will meet with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran at 9 a.m. on Saturday to discuss federal education issues.
 State Board to hold special Saturday meeting on federal issues (4/20/2017) 
   The State Board of Education will meet with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran at 9 a.m. on Saturday to discuss federal education issues.
 Revenue estimate webinar tomorrow (4/20/2017) 
   After a one-week break, the KASB webinar schedule resumes with a presentation this Friday, April 21, on the state revenue picture for FY 2018.
 Looking at the data — Poverty and the Kansas assessments (4/20/2017) 
   This report presents the results of a statistical analysis to determine the extent to which a school’s enrollment size and the percent of students eligible for free or reduced‐price lunch predict student performance on the 2015‐16 Kansas State Assess
 Coalition of Innovative School Districts updates State Board of Education (4/19/2017) 
   The Kansas State Board of Education received its bi-annual report from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts during its regular April meeting Tuesday in Topeka.
 Trauma workshop offers strategies (4/19/2017) 
   Dr. Marcia Weseman on Tuesday presented “Trauma Smart: The Journey to Become a Trauma-Informed School Community,” to a capacity audience of school social workers, teachers, superintendents and other school leaders at KASB.
 KASB Members invited to next wEDnesDAY Ed Day May 3rd (4/18/2017) 
   After a three-week spring break, the legislature will be back to work on Monday, May 1st and KASB wants to extend an invitation to our members to participate in the next wEDnesDAY Ed Day event on Wednesday, May 3rd.
 Tom Brady and the false expectation of test scores (4/18/2017) 
   KASB Executive Director John Heim's most recent blog uses the NFL Draft as an analogy to explain why the State Board of Education is right to ask us to judge kids on their accomplishments rather than their test scores.
 After a three-week spring break, the legislature will be back to work on Monday, May 1st and KASB wa (4/18/2017) 
   After a three-week spring break, the legislature will be back to work on Monday, May 1st and KASB wants to extend an invitation to our members to participate in the next wEDnesDAY Ed Day event on Wednesday, May 3rd.
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