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.
The House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) approved the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). The bill was Introduced by Chairman Kline and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN). The bill is currently scheduled for consideration on the House floor the last week of February.
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Topeka, Kansas - Annually, the Kansas State High School Activities Association presents an award known as the Governor’s Award, to an individual recognizing their outstanding contributions in the field of secondary education in the state of Kansas. We are pleased to announce Jacque Feist, Principal of Dodge City High School, has been selected as the recipient of this prestigious honor in 2015. Jacque Feist is being honored for twenty-six years of outstanding service and numerous contributions to secondary schools and education in Kansas.
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Governor Brownback announced Thursday that he is ordering a 1.5 percent allotment of K-12 funding in the current fiscal year. He is also cutting the Regents by two percent. The cut totals $28.3 million. According to KSDE, that amount will lower the BSAPP from $3,852 down to $3,810.25 in the FY 2015 budget. The allotments do not require legislative approval. Click here to read the Governor's FY 2015 Allotment Press Release and Allotment Notification Memo.
The Kansas State Department of Education is accepting nominations for the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Each school district may nominate one elementary classroom teacher and one secondary classroom teacher for the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year.
Four education organizations have reached an agreement on proposed changes to the Professional Negotiations Act. Leaders from United School Administrators of Kansas, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas National Education Association and Kansas School Superintendents' Association came to this agreement after several months of discussion. Today’s announcement illustrates the progress that can be achieved through meaningful discussion among education professionals.
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.
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Committee meetings for week of March 2, 2015. The legislative calendar rapidly changes, especially beginning this time of the session. In an effort to keep members more informed of hearings, This information will be updated on our website daily.

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Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Testimony
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2015-2016 Superintendent Changes The most recent superintendent change list for 2015-2016 is now available online. Please note that this list is subject to change regularly and is based on personnel information we receive from district offices. To submit changes or updated information, please contact the USA|Kansas office at 785.232.6566.

Kansas Statutes for School Administrators. This page includes a list of frequently accessed Kansas Statutes governing public schools, especially school finance.
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