Lori Church

Legal Services

Lori Church is an attorney with KASB Legal Services.

Lori graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 2004 with honors.  After graduation, she joined a small law firm in Topeka, Kansas and was in private practice for six years prior to joining the legal department at KASB.  Lori comes from a family of educators, both teachers and administrators.  Her background has made her transition to KASB even more rewarding.  Lori and her husband, Brian, live and work in Topeka.  As an attorney with the Kansas Association of School Boards, Lori assists with providing legal services, seminars, legal publications and other educational services to school board members, community college trustees, and educational service center members throughout the state of Kansas.

Winter sports to start as scheduled; proposed moratorium shortened

Winter high school sports competitions will start on time, according to a vote Tuesday by the Kansas State High School Activities Association board of directors. The board, made up of nearly 80 school officials from across the state, also jettisoned a portion of medical advice to fight the spread of COVID-19 by approving a shorter […]

Comprehensive resource available to help families connect with assistance

A family that needs help with just about any problem a child could have is just a call or click away from connecting with that help by using a resource provided by the Kansas Children’s Service League. The comprehensive resource can also be a valuable tool for educators — teachers, staff, school board members and […]

State Budget Director says Gannon funding will be there

Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget chief on Thursday stated the governor would push for the increased public school funding called for under the Gannon settlement. State Budget Director Larry Campbell’s comments came during a meeting of the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform in response to concerns about school funding needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shannon […]

Board leaders discuss challenges and opportunities during KASB Coffee Chats

School board members on Thursday said districts are working hard to find replacement teachers, bus drivers and other staff as COVID-19 quarantines have impacted personnel. The comments were made during KASB Board of Education Leadership Coffee Chats that were held in various regions across the state via zoom. Board members from rural districts gave examples […]

KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Nov. 20) will focus on upcoming legislative session

Come join us for the KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Nov. 20) to discuss key education issues that will likely arise during the upcoming legislative session. To register for this online meeting, go to this link. Mark Tallman, KASB executive director for advocacy, will review his recent series of articles on questions that legislators […]

Gov. Kelly issues new mask mandate; wants schools, businesses open

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas explodes, Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced a new mask order and said she is determined to keep schools and businesses open. Under the order, which takes effect Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, counties that do not require mask wearing, would have one week to adopt […]

School Board Leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lara Bors, Garden City USD 457

No one ran for school board thinking they would be helping govern their district through our nation’s worst health crisis in more than a century. Debates over wearing masks, playing football, or even whether and how to open schools have kept school board meetings going late into many nights and filled the email boxes of […]

Kansas elected leaders approve funding for COVID PSAs; state disaster declaration extended; Kelly says no shutdown

With COVID-19 at record levels, state elected leaders Friday agreed to fund public service announcements urging Kansans to follow what health officials have been saying for months to fight the pandemic — wear face masks, don’t gather in large crowds, observe good hygiene and socially distance. Meeting as the State Finance Council, the leaders also […]

2020 KASB Convention will feature different delivery but still focus on connections, sharing, solutions

The 2020 KASB Convention will include all the features that make the annual gathering of school leaders special — connections with board members from across Kansas, access to innovative ideas and solutions, and the opportunity to hear from state and national speakers.  However, because of COVID-19, there will be one significant difference from previous years. […]

Federal grants available for remote learning support

Millions of dollars in federal grant funds are available in Kansas to provide quality education supports for children when schools are in hybrid or remote learning modes. Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, which is administering these grants, is urging local programs that deliver safe, quality out-of-home care for […]