Elections 2020

November School Board Review focuses on upcoming annual KASB Convention

During such a roller-coaster year, school board members need some time to reflect and recharge with fellow board members from across the state. That’s what the 2020 KASB Convention aims for and that’s what the November issue of School Board Review is all about. The issue provides details about the virtual convention, which which will be held from Dec. 2-4. Named “Creating Communities,” the annual convention will move the usual breakout sessions, Delegate Assembly meetings, keynote speakers and more to an online platform. But in order to avoid zoom fatigue, many features will be pre-recorded so that you can participate when...

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KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday will feature KU political science professor Patrick Miller

Join the KASB Advocacy Team at noon Friday (Nov. 6) for an update on the latest events affecting public education. Our special guest will be University of Kansas associate professor of political science Patrick Miller. To register for the meeting, go to this link. Miller, a specialist in American politics and partisanship, will provide an analysis of the just-completed election and what it might mean for the country and Kansas. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting....

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Join KASB Advocacy staff at noon Wednesday for analysis of Kansas election results

What will the 2020 election results mean for Kansas public schools? Find out at noon Wednesday (Nov. 4) when the KASB Advocacy team during a zoom session analyzes the Kansas vote tallies. To join the discussion, go to this link. In addition to the presidential contest, voters were selecting state legislators, State Board of Education members, U.S. House members and one U.S. Senator. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy; Leah Fliter, director of governmental relations and Scott Rothschild, communications editor, will review the results and what they might mean for public education when the 2021 Legislature convenes in January.

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Postal Service official advises Kansans voting by mail to cast ballots as early as possible

As voting by mail skyrockets amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service recently warned that some Kansas voters’ mail-in ballots may not be counted in the November general election because of postal delivery times and state mail-in voting deadlines.  Kansas was one of 46 states notified by the Postal Service and one of 40 states in which it raised serious concerns, according to an article by the Washington Post.  “In particular, we wanted to note that, under our reading of Kansas’ election law, certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards,” Thomas...

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August School Board Review focuses on the difficult decisions that education leaders must make

As schools reopen, the August issue of School Board Review focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the tough decisions local school boards have been making on when and how to start school. In her President’s Perspective column, KASB President Lori Blake urges education leaders to use this unprecedented time “to ensure the voices who need to be heard are amplified.” As education leaders navigate change, KASB Executive Director John Heim encourages them to do their due diligence. “This is not a time for echo chambers, Facebook research, or YouTube solutions. It is a time to be inquisitive and not dogmatic, to...

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KASB Advocacy update at noon today to review numerous K-12 issues

The KASB Advocacy staff will conduct an online session at noon today (Fri. July 10) to review and discuss numerous public school issues facing state education leaders. To register for the meeting, go to this link. Kansas’ school reopening recommendations, Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to avoid K-12 cuts, the state fiscal picture, recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on religious school funding, upcoming primaries and more will be covered during the update. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the...

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KASB releases video and podcast on Education Issues for the 2020 Election

KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman has prepared a video and podcast on K-12 education issues in preparation for the 2020 primary and general elections.   The presentations run about 15 minutes and are designed to help candidates and education advocates understand issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on schools, the necessity of boosting student achievement, addressing the deep differences in student needs, how schools must change to improve student success, and how we all share responsibility for student well being and accomplishment.   The video is available on KASB’s YouTube channel; you can listen to the podcast here.  The Kansas primary election is August 4 and the General Election is on November 3. Many...

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KASB Advocacy update, noon Friday

Kansas education leaders are invited to join the KASB Advocacy staff to review recent public school developments on the state and federal level. Kansas Deputy Education Commissioner Brad Neuenswander will join us to discuss KSDE efforts to provide guidance on reopening schools. The meeting will be held online via Zoom at noon Friday (June 19). There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The advocacy session is available to all who receive the KASB News Briefs, including board members, educators, advocates and media. To register for...

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May issue of School Board Review focuses on end of school, plans for next school year

The May issue of School Board Review covers how the “new normal” was anything but normal this year as students, parents and educators dealt with the statewide school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And the issue jumps into the conversation on what happens next. Will schools re-open in August, and if so, what will they be like? In her final column as president of KASB, Shannon Kimball calls on local school board members to listen to and follow sound public health advice when tackling the tough issue of planning for school in the fall. The May issue also includes important information...

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