Elections 2020

KASB has candidate list, issues overview to assist members

As the 2020 election campaign enters its final weeks, KASB members should be talking with candidates about supporting K-12 public education. KASB has prepared a list of 2020 General Election candidates organized by school district and KASB region to assist you in identifying your local candidates. We’ve also prepared an issues overview and a 15-minute YouTube video of the major issues facing public schools.  There will be at least 20 new members in the 125-member Kansas House of Representatives and at least 10 new state Senators. The Kansas State Board of Education will see at least one new member. Kansas...

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KASB Advocacy Update set for noon today (Fri. Sept. 4)

Before you start your Labor Day weekend, join KASB for an Advocacy Update at noon today (Fri. Sept. 4). The KASB Advocacy staff will review developments of the KASB Legislative Committee, state audits on membership dues, lobbying and bilingual education, the upcoming election, interim legislative committee work on the emergency management act, foster care, mental health and more. There is no registration fee for the zoom session, 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,...

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KASB Advocacy Update at noon today will cover numerous K-12 issues

Please join us at noon today (Fri. Aug. 21) for the KASB Advocacy Update, which will cover a wide range of developing education issues, including those surrounding back to school plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will be held via zoom. Here is a link to register. Among the topics to be discussed are: start dates and conditions for returning to school; the state budget; federal COVID aid and developments at the federal level on additional school funding; the push to count every Kansan for the Census; the primary election results and emphasis on voter turnout for November and much...

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KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday to cover wide range of developing education issues

The KASB Advocacy Update this week will cover a wide range of developing education issues, including those surrounding back to school plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will be held via zoom at noon Friday (Aug. 21). Here is a link to register. Among the topics to be discussed are: start dates and conditions for returning to school; the state budget; federal COVID aid and developments at the federal level on additional school funding; the push to count every Kansan for the Census; the primary election results and emphasis on voter turnout for November and much more. Please join us for...

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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 (Fri. Aug. 7) will focus on SPARK school funding, primary results

Please join us at noon today (Fri. Aug. 7) for a KASB Advocacy Update that will focus on access to federal COVID-related funding for schools and this week’s primary election results and what they may mean for K-12 education. 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 session is available to all who receive the KASB News Briefs, including board members, educators, advocates and media. Here is a link to register. During the zoom session, KASB guest Monica Murnan will provide important information to school leaders...

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Primary election report: Conservative shift seen in GOP state House, Senate results

Unofficial election results indicate a conservative shift among state Senate and House Republicans, with a number of moderates losing races. In general, conservative Republicans in the Legislature have sought less state spending, which could include school funding; more support for funding non-public school programs, such as vouchers; more opposition to the policies of Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and more support for constitutional amendments that could limit the judiciary in school funding issues. State Senate  Seven Republican Senators were defeated, although one race is within about 50 votes.  Six were viewed as moderates; all elected four years ago and helped repeal the income...

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Primary elections today; KASB urges voter participation

Kansas voters in the Republican and Democratic primaries today (Tue. Aug. 4) will set the stage for the November general election contests. KASB and other education organizations urge Kansans to vote. KASB does not endorse candidates in political races but does provide information for voters on candidates’ positions and education issues. Here is a link to KASB's "Overview of Kansas Public Education Issues 2020." To find out where you can vote, visit this link on the Kansas Secretary of State's office website. Below are links from organizations that often deal with education issues and have endorsed candidates. KNEA PAC Kansas Chamber PAC Kansas Farm Bureau PAC MainStream...

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Major groups make endorsements in primaries

With the political party primaries less than one week away, major organizations that represent a wide variety of interests have endorsed candidates. KASB doesn’t make political endorsements, but provides information on education issues and urges Kansans to vote and participate in the election process. Here is a link to KASB’s Overview of Kansas Public Education Issues. The Republican and Democratic primaries are Tue. Aug. 4. The general election is Tue. Nov. 3. Every seat in the Kansas House and Senate, half of 10 positions on the State Board of Education, all four of Kansas' U.S. Representative positions and one U.S. Senate...

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