Engage Your Community in the Conversation
Hold a community meeting, site council meeting or district conversation to discuss school district activities and what specifically the state needs to do to “Put Students First!” The meetings could be used to develop responses to Gov. Sam Brownback’s request to send input on a new K-12 school funding formula to StudentsFirst@ks.gov
KASB, the Kansas State Department of Education and United School Administrators of Kansas have developed a toolkit to assist local education leaders in preparing a submission to the governor. The toolkit has a list of groups to consider inviting, such as chamber of commerce representatives, business leaders, etc. and is a "turn key" guide to making sure your community's voice is heard on this critical matter!
Resources for Local Discussions about School Funding
Funding the Future Powerpoint (pdf)
***To receive a PPT version of this powerpoint - or for additional ideas on how to engage your community in this discussion - please contact Leah Fliter or Carol Pitts.
Funding the Future Discussion Toolkit
Funding the Future Discussion Toolkit (doc)
QUICK START GUIDE
KanSPRA "Quick Start" Process
KSDE, KASB and USA|Kansas have developed resources to lead local discussions and develop recommendations to send suggestions to Gov. Sam Brownback about a new school funding plan for Kansas schools. Also included is a one-page “quick start” process developed by representatives of KanSPRA who attended the Aug. 31 school finance conference. The governor has requested that recommendations be submitted by Nov. 30 to StudentsFirst@ks.gov
. Additionally, if you would like KSDE, KASB and USA|Kansas also to receive your recommendations, you may carbon copy firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding Considerations for Kansans Can
Need some help?
KASB stands ready to provide support for “Put Students First!” community meetings by providing school finance information, staff and other assistance.
Focus local media, social media and district events and communication around the "Put Students First" initiative.
Shoot and post videos on your homepage, on Facebook and Twitter during the “Put Students First Week.”
Remember to use #KSputstudentsfirst so KASB can repost/retweet!
Write letters to the editor, website posts, blog posts and send emails to staff and community members (contact KASB for ideas and assistance!)
Invite media and the community into your schools for tours and classroom visits.
Approach city leaders and other community partners and sponsor a joint resolution.