Monday, April 10, 2006


Alliance for Education: Take Back Kansas Rally

The Kansas Alliance for Education will host a rally on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hays High School Lecture Hall . The rally will be called: “Take Back Kansas: How We Can Move Kansas Back to the Middle, and Why It Matters” and will be held in the Hays High School auditorium.

"This will be a good opportunity for people to learn more about the issue of public education, the relationship of religion and schools and the Kansas State Board of Education,” says Don Hineman, a Dighton rancher and chair of the Alliance.

State Board member Sue Gamble will speak to the group and will be followed by a panel discussion by members of the Alliance and MAINstream coalition, a group founded to elect moderate candidates to public office.

“We are a bi-partisan group of interested citizens who believe strongly that public education is best served by members who bring informed and moderate ideas to the table, rather than the radical agenda pushed by the current six-member board majority," says Hineman. "If our students in Kansas are to compete in today’s economy, we must prepare them to meet these challenges. We are fortunate that a number of concerned moderate citizens have stepped forward to run for the positions on the State Board.”

The Kansas Alliance for Education was formed as a political action committee in 2005 for the purpose of electing candidates to the State Board of Education who support quality education for all Kansas children.

“We want citizens in Western Kansas to know that we have sent questionnaires to the candidates, interviewed the ones who returned the surveys, and believe that we can present quality candidates to the voters who will not embarrass our state or our region,” Hineman says. “We will run information campaigns to inform the voters about who are the moderate candidates in August and November.”

The meeting will also involve questions and answers from the audience as well and information on how citizens can help with the effort to elect candidates to the board from the 5th District who will best represent the voters and children of our area.


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