Conservatives sweep races for seats on Kansas State Board of Education – KCUR

by | Nov 9, 2022 | Education

Conservatives appear to have won a slate of seats on the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday night, pushing the moderate board further to the right.In District 3, covering southern Johnson County and part of Miami County, incumbent Michelle Dombrosky won the race against newcomer Sheila Albers by just over 6,000 votes, according to unofficial results.Dombrosky, who won her seat in 2019, pushed for local control and funding for schools, and voiced concerns about school officials and the government violating privacy laws for students needing mental or physical health care.“That’s where a lot of our problems are happening, is at the federal level coming into our schools,” Dombrosky said at a September rally in Kansas City, Kansas. “And then our local schools, which we should get back to, need to be locally funded and locally controlled.”Albers, who has worked in various roles in public schools over her 25-year career, ran on a platform of expanding early childhood education, addressing the national teacher shortage and school safety in the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.School board elections — once low-key contests on the ballot — are now the stage for fierce debates over who should control curriculum and how race is taught in schools. Those issue …

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