KASB approves legislative platform for 2015 session

By Kansas Association of School Boards
December 09, 2014

The KASB Delegate Assembly on Sunday approved a legislative platform that covers many issues that are expected to be hotly debated during the 2015 Kansas Legislative Session, which starts Jan. 12.

A summary of the report is available at www.kasb.org/assets/Advocacy/FinalDAResSummary.pdf

In general, the recommendations emphasize that local school boards are in the best position to help effective educators accomplish the No. 1 goal of public education in Kansas — producing successful students.

The recommendations include:

— Increasing student education standards;

— Changes in teacher evaluation and licensing aimed at increasing the effectiveness of educators;

— Accountability measures to better assess student and school performance;

— Funding schools at base per student amount as previously approved by the Legislature and the statutory level for special education, capital outlay and bond and interest;

— Broadening of the tax base and possible revision of current tax policies if deemed inadequate to producing the necessary funding;

— Keeping school board elections non-partisan and in April;

— Keeping the current process of selection of judges to maintain an independent judiciary.

In addition, the report approved during KASB's 97th Annual Conference held in Overland Park, includes support of the Rose Capacities of general student knowledge; the Kansas State Board of Education’s Kansas College and Career Ready Standards of student preparation; and the Kansas Board of Regents’ Foresight 2020 goals of student and economic achievement.

The KASB platform was put together after months of discussion and deliberation by the association’s Legislative Committee.