SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! For every 2 registrations, a 3rd registration will receive a 50% discount and a 4th member will attend for FREE. For $750 a district can bring 4 administrators to the 2015 USA Kansas Convention, maximizing learning and not over extending budgets. Click here to register online or here to download the PDF brochure and registration form.

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.
The Senate Select Committee on KPERS introduced and held hearings on SB 299, significantly reducing the option of working after retirement for educators, prior to the Legislature adjourning in early April. On Wednesday, the committee had another hearing on a substitute proposal prepared by a KPERS policy group that included a few legislators and KPERS representatives. USA|Kansas joined with KASB’s testimony on the proposal. Click here of ra copy of that testimony. Click here for a copy of the new bill draft (no number yet).
Since 1996, USA|Kansas has sponsored the Dale Dennis Excellence in Education Award. The purpose of the award is to provide schools an opportunity to recognize a senior for his/her citizenship, service and scholarship. The award is given in honor of Mr. Dale Dennis, Deputy Commissioner of the Kansas State Department of Education. Mr. Dennis has given many years of service to public education and has provided leadership for financial support and academic excellence in Kansas schools. Certificates of Merit for the 2014-2015 school year have been mailed to all high school principals; if you do not receive your certificate in the mail, please contact the USA|Kansas office or download one on the next page.
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.
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 or click here to download the convention brochure and registration form you can fax or mail in. Deadline for Early Registration: May 15, 2015

Feeling the budget crunch?
For every 2 registrations, a 3rd registration will receive a 50% discount and a 4th member will attend for FREE. For $750 a district can bring 4 administrators to the 2015 USA Kansas Convention, maximizing learning and not over extending budgets.

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.

We are no longer taking Learning Cluster proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal was April 3, 2015.
Here are some quick administrator resources:

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.
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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