First-year teachers have to face so many challenges that life can quickly become overwhelming. One such challenge is simply preparing one’s first classroom for students, often with little to no budget for supplies and no hope of a full paycheck for a month or two after school begins. Knowing this, Erica Shook set out to find a way to alleviate any part of this stress in any manner she could. This is where the idea for the Proud Educator specialty plate was born. Representative Les Mason and Shook worked together to write and introduce HB 2071 this legislative session to create Kansas’ first “Proud Educator” specialty license plate. Through a partnership between the Kansas Educators Support Foundation and the Kansas Independent Colleges Foundation, proceeds from the sale of this plate will be used to provide grants to first-year Kansas teachers for classroom supplies and professional clothing as they begin their career.
HB 2071 was approved by the Committee on Transportation following Shook's proponent testimony and sent on to the full House for debate. HB 2071 has had quite a journey this legislative session and is now HB 2246. Because of a disagreement about another portion of the new bill, it was sent back to committee. We are hoping that gets sorted out in the May veto session so it can be sent on to Governor Kelly to sign into law.
Information about the purchase of these plates, as well as grant application information, will be available here at that time. Design coming soon. Thank you for your patience.