KASB Legislative Committee to finalize 2019 policy recommendations on Saturday

The KASB Legislative Committee will meet Saturday to finalize its draft 2019 policy recommendations. The legislative positions will be discussed and voted on by the Delegate Assembly on Sunday, December 2 at KASB’s 101st Annual Convention in Overland Park. 

The Legislative Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of KASB’s ten geographic regions and the five largest school districts, is advancing state language that supports adding inflationary adjustments to the 2018 school finance law to bring the state into compliance with the Kansas Supreme Court’s Gannon VI decision; advocating for sustained, dedicated funding for programs that address students’ social, physical and emotional needs; promoting school district efforts to assist employees who wish to advance their education and achieve a teaching degree; and supporting the State Board of Education’s postsecondary attainment goal.  

The committee will ask the Delegate Assembly to discuss possible policy language regarding local election dates and their impact on local boards of educations’ organizational meetings and leadership elections. 

The committee also recommends opposing changes to the Kansas Constitution that weaken or limit the standard for adequate and equitable funding of public education. 

Proposed priority federal issues for 2019 include supporting efforts to address the financial barriers for high school students in approved post-secondary programs.

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