Input sought on KASB Legislative Committee proposals

KASB is seeking input from school board members on its proposed legislative policy positions in preparation for the numerous education issues expected to be debated during the 2020 state legislative session, which starts in January.  

The 2019-2020 KASB Legislative Committee has put together a preliminary report that can be accessed here. The report includes proposed language on the education of immigrant students, vaping, epinephrine kits, bullying, harassment, Medicaid expansion and protections for students. 

KASB members can comment on the proposals by contacting KASB staff, attending the KASB Fall Regional Roundtable meetings, or both.  

At the regional meetings, KASB staff will review the Legislative Committee’s work on policies and will request input from local school board members on those proposals. The Fall meetings will be held in Stafford and Hiawatha on Sept. 24; Garden City and Topeka, Sept. 25; Colby and Olathe, Sept. 26; McPherson and Greenbush, Oct. 1 and Beloit and Haysville, Oct. 2. For more information on the meetings, go to this link. 

Or members could provide input by contacting the following staff directly: Leah Fliter, KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, at lfliter@kasb.org; KASB Governmental Relations Specialist Rob Gilligan at rgilligan@kasb.org or KASB Associate Executive Director Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman at mtallman@kasb.org.  

The Legislative Committee will meet again in November to finalize recommendations to the Delegate Assembly at KASB’s annual convention in December in Wichita. The Delegate Assembly will vote on the policy positions that will guide KASB advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session. Here is a link to a more in-depth explanation of how KASB determines policy positions.  

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