KASA CALL TO ACTION
Call your legislators NOW with this simple message: “Vote ‘NO’ on HB 149 and SB 25, bills creating the Education Opportunity Account Program. Oppose diverting public tax dollars to subsidize wealthy families and private schools. Kentucky’s public school leaders are watching.”
Download Education Opportunity AccountTalking Points Document Here
Leave a message for your legislators today! Click here to get your Legislator's contact information or you may leave a message on the Legislative Message Line at (800) 372-7181.
DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR KASA STUDENT IMPACT GRANT APPLICATIONS
Does your school/district have students who are working to give back to the community in which they live? Or maybe, they have expanded their reach to include the global community. If so, please encourage them to apply for one of KASA’s Student Impact Grants.
By funding projects designed and implemented by students to solve community-based, real-world projects, this grant program enables recipients to unlock classrooms and accelerate learning. Research continues to show that our students care deeply for and about giving back, and so our grant program focuses on student learning that contributes positively to communities, either locally or globally.
Watch this video to meet the students of Benton Elementary, Marshall Co. - KASA’s 2019 K-2 recipient of the Student Impact Grant. Their project was called Playgrounds are for Everyone. The goal of their project was to provide playground equipment that everyone could enjoy regardless of physical ability. Learn more about this incredible group of students here: https://youtu.be/vVEHt3iy-fM.
Schools receive up to $2,500 to fund their project initiatives. Applicants for this grant may be individual students or classes from any grade level in Kentucky. The awards are divided into four different grade categories (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) with one recipient selected from each category. Teachers may give guidance to students, but the intent is for them to respond to the grant questions and create a video about their project. Grant recipients are selected by a statewide judging panel comprised of school administrators.
Applications are due by 12 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021. Application and guidelines can be found here.
Connect with other members who share the same commitment to education. The connect app lets members connect in a private community owned by KASA. KASA offers the Connect Community Mobile App so you can keep connected through any device. Look up KASA mobile in the app store to download onto your mobile device. Contact the KASA office at
(800) 928-5272 with any questions you may have.
3H Summit and Education Law & Finance Institute
KASA is pleased to host this year’s Education Law and Finance Institute (ELF), in-person! One of KASA’s most popular events returns with an incredible line-up of national and local leaders sharing their expertise. The March 4th opening keynote features John Borkowski, Partner, Husch Blackwell, Cleveland, Ohio, one of the nation’s most prominent advisors on the importance of understanding and complying with Title IX workplace issues. John has a long history working with school districts to ensure that harassment and discrimination policies adhere to this important constitutional protection.
ELF also welcomes Dr. John Hutchings, Senior Policy Advisors, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), Washington, D.C.. Dr. Hutchins will share his vital message, “Professional Ethics for Educators: Informing a Standard of Care for the Profession” at the March 5th morning keynote. He will also lead a breakout session titled Embrace the Grey that cautions, “Research indicates that few educators have been prepared in educator ethics, yet they are expected to address the academic, personal and social needs of society’s most vulnerable population. This not only places the educator in a place of vulnerability, it also changes the dynamic of the teacher-student dyad. Therein lies the greatest of ironies – those educators that care the most may be the most vulnerable to missteps.”
As always, ELF provides a litany of important other topics including educational equity, instructional leadership, important updates from KDE and KHSAA, and a host of relevant sessions that will be of interest to any school leader. The Galt House if offering a $99 for any attendee and make sure mention ELF when you call for reservations. Your registration includes breakfast each morning and lunch on Thursday, and materials that may be accessed through the event mobile app.