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KNEA members address school funding; critical issues


Over 600 delegates elected from towns across Kansas will attended the annual meeting that sets policy and guidelines for the association throughout the year. The KNEA Representative Assembly (KNEA RA) will be in Topeka April 8-10.

Delegates will discuss and vote on resolutions and new business items relating to KNEA's strategic mission of promoting quality public schools, strengthening the teaching profession and improving the well-being of members. Delegates will participate "critical issues" discussions on topics such as advocating for Kansas public schools, Taxes, Economic Develpment, Funding  (TEF), teacher evaluation, school improvement, testing and ESEA.

These topics impact student learning, said KNEA President Blake West. The hot topic will be what's happening at the Statehouse in the 2011 Legislative session.  He noted that some lawmakers are not listening to advocates like KNEA who are insisting the Legislature find ways to fund public schools and community services.

"Several key legislators have set forth on a mission to harm public schools and to make sure that our current generation of school children pays a huge price," West said.  "They insist that school children pay this price in order to cover up for the past two decades of unwise tax cuts and tax shifts. We're not asking anymore - we demand our legislators make decisions with schools as their number one priority, since this is also the best strategy for economic growth in our state."

Delegates will discuss and vote on resolutions and new business items relating to KNEA's strategic mission of promoting quality public schools, strengthening the teaching profession and improving the well-being of members. Delegates will participate "critical issues" discussions on topics such as advocating for Kansas public schools, Taxes, Economic Develpment, Funding  (TEF), teacher evaluation, school improvement, testing and ESEA.

KNEA's Friend of Education will be announced during the KNEA RA. In addition, work by members in the area of member rights, political action and teaching excellence will be honored. NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle has been invited to attend.


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