Henderson urges federal issues action

KASB Past-President Frank Henderson urges Kansas school board members to make time this summer to hone their federal advocacy skills with help from the National School Boards Association and KASB.

U.S. Senators and Representatives are set to work in their home districts beginning July 28 and won’t return to Washington, D.C. until September 5. Henderson says now is a perfect time for school leaders to strengthen relationships with elected officials and their staff and to talk about how federal policies effect Kansas students.

Henderson, who serves as Vice President of the Seaman USD 345 school district in Shawnee County, is also a representative of the nine-state Western Region on the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Board of Directors. Henderson says “NSBA’s Summer Recess Guide 2017” will help Kansas school board members talk about legislative concerns like school-based Medicaid services and healthcare reform, “school choice” initiatives, Fiscal Year 2018 federal education funding and reauthorizing the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Henderson gives more detail on these critical issues in a video posted to KASB’s YouTube channel (“KASB Newsmakers with Frank Henderson”).

The NSBA recess guide contains succinct summaries of key issues in Congress, tips for meeting with your legislators, working with community allies to build coalitions, social media hints and sample stories to help you build and personalize your own message to Senators and Representatives. You can find an electronic copy of the guide on the KASB website.

KASB members who want to improve their federal advocacy efforts should mark their calendars for an August 25 workshop featuring issue updates and lobbying tips from state and national experts. Watch your email and KASB’s social media channels for more information about this opportunity.


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