Advocacy in Action conference Jan. 15-16 will provide insights into major issues facing schools

KASB and USA Kansas will conduct its annual Advocacy in Action Conference in Topeka on Jan. 15-16 to help kickoff the 2020 legislative session.

The conference will give education advocates from across Kansas the opportunity to meet state leaders and learn about the latest developments on crucial issues affecting public education. For more information and to register, go here.

Guest speakers include Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who will talk about efforts to address the rise in youth suicide, and Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, who will discuss ways schools can help build civic engagement.

The annual event also includes time for education leaders to go to the Statehouse to speak with legislators, observe committee meetings and then later attend a viewing party to watch Gov. Laura Kelly deliver her State of the State address and then a reception with legislators.

The second day of the conference offers numerous breakout sessions led by top experts covering early childhood services, Medicaid expansion, bullying, the state budget, vaping, the census and mental health issues.

The conference will wrap up with a lunch networking opportunity for participants to discuss what they have learned and how to move forward in advocating for education. After lunch, an optional roundtable session to begin discussing and drafting testimony language on upcoming issues will be available.

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