SBR President’s Perspective: KASB is the ‘truth machine’Andrea Hartzell
by Dayna Miller
Basehor-Linwood USD 458
A lot has been going on in Kansas education over the past couple of years at the state level.
After the tax cuts of 2012, state revenue repeatedly failed to meet expectations, causing extreme strains on the budget, including for our schools. By 2016, voters had enough and elected a more school-friendly Legislature which repealed most of the tax cuts and increased K-12 funding.
Now, many of those legislators who took courageous votes on taxes are seeking re-election. They will face an onslaught of criticism from deep-pocket special interests whose primary goals are to cut taxes and privatize public schools.
KASB doesn’t endorse candidates but we urge education advocates to become familiar with those who are running in the Aug. 7 primaries and then the Nov. 6 general election.
In fact, another important and more immediate date is Friday, June 1 at noon. That is the deadline to file to run for the Kansas House of Representatives, statewide offices, including governor, and U.S. House of Representatives.
During the past election cycle in 2016, dozens of school administrators, school board members and other public education advocates ran for the Legislature and many of them won, which has elevated the discussion about K-12 issues in the state. Public school advocacy groups sprang up around the state to help disseminate information and frame the educational debate.
Kansas is starting to emerge from the tax-cutting “experiment” that devastated state functions and it is important we continue that momentum.
To stay up-to-date about the issues and candidate claims on the campaign trail, I urge you to keep reading material produced by KASB and to call KASB if you have any questions. KASB stands ready to continue being the “truth machine” on Kansas education. There are many who want us to go back to shrinking revenue resources that fund our schools. We must not let that happen.