A relationship between public education advocates and the state legislature is critical to KASB’s mission of supporting student success. The Kansas Association of School Boards invites each school district in the state to invite at least one of its local lawmakers to visit their schools during the month of November.
Take Your Legislator to School Month provides your district the opportunity to connect with your local legislators and allows them to see the communities and students they impact with decisions and votes during the legislative session. To prepare for the 2022 legislative session, we encourage school board members and district leaders to discuss with legislators (1) how they are using COVID funding to recover from the pandemic and state funding to rebuild programs to support student success, (2) how they are focusing on the Kansans Can outcomes, and (3) expected issues for the upcoming legislative session.
The KASB Advocacy Team is available to attend or assist in preparing materials and talking points.
Announcing Legislators Visiting
Sample Media Release Text
Kansas Legislator to Visit [District Name] for Take Your Legislator to School Month
(City, State) [Legislator(s) names] visits [District name] in honor of Take Your Legislator to School Month. This initiative sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards encourages strong partnerships between local Legislators and schools.
We look forward to hosting [Legislator(s) name] at [district name] as we [describe the activity in which the Legislator will participate in].
[Insert quote by the superintendent or Board President expressing excitement for their Legislator(s) visit]
Our district enthusiastically supports civic engagement. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our staff and students and strengthen our partnership with our Legislators to help Kansas kids.
Sample Invitation Text
Dear [Legislator name],
[District name] invites you to our Take Your Legislator to School Month activity [name of activity] from [time to time]. Our district school board and staff would be honored to host you as we show our [activity highlights]. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to see any additional aspects of our district during your visit so we can coordinate. We look forward to our conversations and continued partnership in the service of our students.
[Superintendent and Board President name]
Download our Take Your Legislator to School Month 2021 Toolkit pdf!