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New school money will go toward teachers, at-risk kids, mental health and more, says KASB advocate

Where is the new money as the result of the Gannon Supreme Court decision going to go? An advocate with the Kansas Association of School Boards believes they know where it will go, because it’s where it has gone the last few years.

“Competitive salaries and benefits and ways to attract and retain teachers,” said Mark Tallman, Vice President of Advocacy for KASB. “Addressing the differences in student performance to help those kids that are not doing as well.”

Money toward at-risk kids was emphasized by the court in recent decisions in an effort to comply with the Rose standards.

“We know there are increasing concerns, not only about the physical safety of schools that make the headlines, but long-term issues as far as mental health, depression, suicides on the rise,” said Tallman.

It’s also important to look at student’s lives past the K-12 days.

“Making sure our students are prepared for life after high school,” said Tallman. “Particularly for, being prepared for some additional training, whether that’s an academic degree or a technical degree.”

There is also an effort to use technology to help redesign schools, with the assistance of the State Board of Education, to better fit what students will need to know to go to work in the 21st century.

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