KASB meets with U.S. House District 3 candidates Yoder, Davids

KASB is scheduling meetings with Congressional incumbents and candidates this election season to share our members’ legislative positions. The first set of meetings took place in the 3rd U.S. House District, where four-term Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican, faces Democratic newcomer Sharice Davids. Meetings with the Congressional candidates and incumbents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will be arranged soon. The election is Nov. 6. 

A graduate of Leavenworth High School and Johnson County Community College, Davids earned a law degree at Cornell University and served as a White House Fellow in 2016-17. She is also a Native American. Davids met with Kansas City-area KASB Board and Legislative Committee members over a BBQ lunch.  

School board members Mike Seitz and Cindy Bowling, of Blue Valley USD 229, and Deb Zila and Mary Sinclair, of Shawnee Mission USD 512, briefed Davids on KASB’s positions on “school choice,” special education, federal budget and tax policy and educational opportunities. Davids said her public school education prepared her well for law school and advocacy work. She was particularly interested in learning more about how public schools serve children who are “differently abled.” 

Yoder met with Seitz, Zila, and Kansas City USD 500 board members Brenda C. Jones and Maxine Drew in his Overland Park office. Yoder is a fifth-generation Kansan who grew up on a farm near the town of Yoder, graduated from the University of Kansas, and represented Leawood and Overland Park in the Kansas Legislature. 

Yoder touted his sponsorship of legislation that would phase in full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) over 10 years. He noted Congress has consistently rejected attempts by the Trump Administration to promote school vouchers and he expressed support for additional, “targeted” funding for after school programs, child nutrition and Head Start. Yoder also bemoaned the lack of bipartisanship in Congress. 

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