The 44th annual USA|Kansas convention, Kansas Administrators: Extraordinary Leadership for Extraordinary Times, will be held in Wichita at the Hyatt and Century II Convention Center, beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The USA|Kansas annual convention provides opportunities for engaging in meaningful professional development, networking and recognizing administrator achievements. There are many exciting changes to this year's convention...take a look.
K.S.A. 46-1133 requires the Legislative Division of Post Audit to conduct a series of efficiency audits of Kansas school districts from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2017. The audits are to include one small, one medium, and one large school district. Prairie Hills school district volunteered for an audit in July 2014 in the medium-sized school district category. Click here to view the report highlights. To download the full report, click here.
Nominations for the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education are now being accepted. Farmer nominations are due April 1, 2015. School districts need to apply by April 15, 2015 to be eligible to compete for a grant. There are 1,324 counties eligible in 40 states, including 89 counties in Kansas. For a list of eligible Kansas counties, click here.
Earlier this morning, the Kansas House voted, 64-57, to wipe out the current school finance formula and replace it with a new block grant calculation. In the end, it took a call of the House – requiring those absent to be called in to vote, until the call is ended – to get the required 63 votes for passage in the House.
On Wednesday, House and Senate leadership introduced the long promised school finance block grant bill - the Classroom Learning Assuring Student Success (CLASS) Act. The bills will be run through the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the House Appropriations Committee this week.
There may be no greater time to recognize those business, community organizations and public sector partners who support public education. The Friends of Education program, sponsored by the Confidence in Public Education Task Force, was established to recognize volunteer efforts throughout the state in five major categories: school volunteer, community leader, community/civic organization, business/partner activities and public sector institutions. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended through March 13, 2015. Click here to submit your nomination today.
Register online for the conference. Online registration is now open. What's new with registration? One price for the entire convention. No pre-convention fees. No lunch program fees. One registration fee provides access to KSSA Day at USA|Kansas, the Principal's Summer Academy and all other activities during the convention. Click HERE to register online today. Deadline for Early Registration:
May 15, 2015

Reserve your hotel room(s) online. Click HERE to book your sleeping room at the Hyatt for the 2015 USA|Kansas Annual Convention. The convention is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 - Friday, June 5 in Wichita. If you need additional assistance, please call 1-888-421-1442.

Submit a Learning Cluster proposal online. During the convention, administrators are able to participate in professional workshops or "learning clusters." Learning Clusters are designed to provide information on topics of general interest to educators.
Click HERE to submit a proposal. Deadline: April 15, 2015.

USA|Kansas members will receive Legislative Updates and Alerts via email throughout the session. Follow us on Twitter (@USAKansas) and Facebook for more frequent updates.

The House and Senate will be on General Orders on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. You can listen to floor action via live streaming:
Click here for the House Proceedings Audio Feed
Click here for the Senate Proceedings Audio Feed

Committee meetings for week of March 23, 2015. Conference Committees are expected to meet on Thursday and Friday. That schedule is subject to floor action earlier in the week.

To download a copy of the 2015 USA|Kansas Legislative Positions and Priorities, click here.

Kansas Legislators
Click here to access contact information for members of the Kansas Senate.

Click here to access contact information for members of the Kansas House of Representatives.

Legislative Committees
For a list of Legislative Committee information, including members, meetings times and locations, click here.

Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Testimony
Are you thinking of testifying before a committee? Are you unsure of how to go about signing up and preparing for a hearing? Whether it is your first time or the tenth time, it's never a bad thing to brush up on the rules. This information is intended to provide guidance on signing up to testify, help you prepare your testimony and understand the committee rules. If you have additional questions, please contact the USA|Kansas office.
Recent reports indicate that some school district firewalls may be blocking communication from USA|Kansas and some of our member associations. Sometimes, systems will see multiple people at one USD, getting the same email at the same time, as suspicious activity. To ensure that you receive communication from USA|Kansas, please provide the following information list of IP addresses to your IT departments.

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