2020 Legislature starts; KASB provides coverage, analysis and advocacy

The 2020 legislative session starts today and KASB will provide updates throughout the session on social media, emailed news briefs and the KASB website.  

In addition, as the Legislature gears up, KASB and USAKansas will conduct the annual Advocacy in Action conference in Topeka on Wednesday and Thursday. The conference will feature numerous sessions led by experts on the top education issues before the Legislature. For more information and to register go here 

On Wednesday, Gov. Laura Kelly will deliver her State of the State address, which will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. on public television stations throughout Kansas. KASB and USA-Kansas will conduct a State of the State watch party during the Advocacy in Action conference. 

On Thursday, Kelly will release her budget proposal and KASB will offer analysis of the governor’s priorities at the AIA conference. 

On Friday, make sure to turn in at 10:30 a.m. to KASB Live for a wrap up of the first week of the session. A recorded KASB Live preview of the session can be viewed here.

Education advocates are encouraged to stay on top of news in the Statehouse especially since K-12 education represents half the state budget and schools are in the middle of phased-in funding increases as a result of the Gannon school finance equity lawsuit. Numerous other education issues are sure to draw the attention of legislators, including at-risk funding. 

In addition to watching for education developments, school leaders should always try to communicate with their state senators and House members.

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