Elections 2018

SBR: Preparing for 2019 Legislative Session

Education leaders should reach out to legislators By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org With the close of the 2018 general election season, Kansas school leaders are turning their sights toward the 2019 Legislative Session. A new Governor — Democrat Laura Kelly, who ran on a pledge to be “the education governor” — will have to reach across the aisle to work with a Republican-controlled Legislature whose leaders have not always been friendly to public education. Furthermore, the House of Representatives will welcome 30 new members, roughly one fourth of that body. So, what should school board members and other advocates do to prepare for [...]

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What does the election mean for Kansas public schools?

Now with the 2018 election over what can education advocates expect from a new governor, changes in the state Legislature and a transfer of control in the U.S. House?  (KASB staff analyzed the election results and what they will mean for public education in Kansas in this KASB Live broadcast and podcast.)   In declaring victory Tuesday in the Kansas gubernatorial race, Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly vowed that public schools would be her No. 1 priority.  “When I said on the campaign trail that I’m running to be the Education Governor, I meant it,” said Kelly, a longtime supporter for increased school [...]

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What to do now that the election is over

With the close of the 2018 general election season, Kansas school leaders are turning their sights toward the 2019 legislative session. A new Governor — Democrat Laura Kelly, who ran on a pledge to be “the education governor” — will have to reach across the aisle to work with a Republican-controlled Legislature whose leaders have not always been friendly to public education. Furthermore, the House of Representatives will welcome 30 new members, roughly one fourth of that body.   So what should school board members and other advocates do to prepare for a session that will feature not only a legislative [...]

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Post-election analysis on KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today

Now that the election is over, find out what the results mean for public schools by watching KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today. Here is a link to the broadcast. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, will lead a discussion on the results of the governor’s race, legislative and congressional contests, State Board of Education match ups and other decisions.

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Vote today; watch KASB Live tomorrow for analysis on results

Today is the last day to cast your vote in the 2018 Election and tomorrow you can watch KASB Live to find out what the election results mean for Kansas education.  Here is a link to help locate your polling place and here is a link to the 12:30 p.m. Wednesday broadcast of KASB Live. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, will lead a discussion on the results of the governor’s race, legislative and congressional contests, State Board of Education match ups and other decisions.

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to review election results

After the voting and speeches end, you will want to know what Tuesday’s election results mean for Kansas education. So, tune in to KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, will lead a discussion on the results of the governor’s race, legislative contests and other decisions and how that will affect Kansas public schools in the upcoming legislative session and beyond. Here is the link to the interactive webinar.

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Make a plan to vote, then carry out that plan

Kansas voters will finish the 2018 Election tomorrow, making key selections, including a new governor, that will impact Kansas public schools. Here is a link to help voters locate their polling place.  KASB and other education organizations urge voters to vote. KASB does not endorse candidates in political races but does provide information for voters on candidates’ positions.   Here is a link to KASB’s Election 2018 page, which includes responses to a KASB questionnaire on education issues from two of the three major gubernatorial candidates — Democrat Laura Kelly and independent Greg Orman. Republican Kris Kobach did not return a questionnaire [...]

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Deadline to vote approaching fast

The deadline to vote in the 2018 election is approaching. In-person advance voting ends at noon Monday. Here is a link to county listings. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day — Tuesday — and arrive in the election office by Friday. On Election Day Tuesday, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your polling place, go here. Below are links to voter guides and election sections that include general election information and stories on individual races and candidates, including profiles and questionnaires.   KASB Election 2018  Wichita Eagle   Topeka Capital-Journal  KSN-TV  Lawrence Journal-World Shawnee Mission Post  Hutchinson Daily News  League of Women Voters   Manhattan school bond issue  KTWU [...]

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Kelly, Kobach, Orman debate education issues

The three major candidates for governor disagreed over several education policy issues during their last debate on Tuesday.  Democrat Laura Kelly, Republican Kris Kobach and independent Greg Orman faced off in the studio of KSNT-Wichita in a forum that was broadcast statewide. Advance voting in the contest has been under way and Election Day is Nov. 6.  On the issue of school funding, Kelly said Kobach’s promise to return to tax cuts instituted by Gov. Sam Brownback would result in cuts to public schools. The tax cuts were repealed in 2017 after years of revenue shortfalls that resulted in sales tax [...]

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School leaders view the election landscape during KASB’s Politics and Education workshop

School leaders from across Kansas on Thursday viewed the political landscape just 12 days before Election Day and discussed how that may affect education.  During KASB’s Politics and Education workshop, speakers told the group of school board members and administrators that the stakes for Kansas education were as high in this election cycle as they have ever been before.  “We are not going to have strong families, we are not going to have a strong economy if we don’t invest in education,” said Dodie Wellshear, a lobbyist for Blue Valley USD 229. Wellshear was joined on a panel discussion by Dave [...]

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