At Noble Prentis Elementary School (in Kansas City, KS), a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money.
The school nurse, who comes in only twice a week, freezes kitchen sponges to use as ice packs because her budget is too small for her to buy any.
Schools have always had to fight for more funding, but Noble Prentis' problems were exacerbated during the recession when state budget cuts left schools, like many other public services, foundering. Now, the state's general fund revenues are up $150 million since 2008, but Kansas officials are in no hurry to restore spending cuts the economic downturn made necessary...
Funding per student in Kansas schools is 16.5% lower than it was during the recession, according to Leachman's organization. State support for libraries, health services and community corrections is also down, all by more than 10%. Kansas state and local governments employ 5,700 fewer people than they did in 2008.
- The Bison GroupManaging Member, 2011 - present
- United Steelworkers Local 307ICD Coordinator, 2012 - present
- Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley's officeSpecial Projects Director, 2012 - 2012
- Sandstone Group, LLCRegistered Lobbyist/ Strategic Communications, 2011 - 2011
- Young Democrats of AmericaWebmaster, 2010 - 2011
- Kansas State Treasurer Dennis McKinney's officeIntern, 2010 - 2010
- Young Democrats of AmericaMidwest Region Director, 2010 - 2011
- Kansas Young DemocratsState President, 2009 - 2011
Colin is a proud Kansas City, KS native. He grew up in a highly politically active family and as a result has been working on campaigns since he was 10. During his high school years at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, Colin was highly involved in competitive speaking/ debate and after graduating he went on to debate at Kansas State University.
After two years at K State, Colin transferred to Washburn University in order to be more involved in Kansas politics by taking a job in Kansas State Treasurer Dennis McKinney's office.
During this time Colin also served as the State President for the Kansas Young Democrats; the Midwest Region Director for the Young Democrats of America; and the Webmaster for the Young Democrats of America.
After leaving the State Treasurer's office, Colin worked on strategic communications for multiple Kansas based lobbying firms on a variety of legislative issues.
In 2011, Colin founded The Bison Group and began to focus his efforts on lobbying and campaign consulting.
In May of 2012, Colin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washburn University and shortly after moved back to Kansas City, KS where he and his wife, Jane, currently live. At this time Colin also became the Special Projects Director for the Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley's Office. Assignments were primarily focused on the 5th Senate District (Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties) for Kelly Kultala; 6th Senate District (Wyandotte and Johnson Counties) for Pat Pettey in both the primary and general elections.
Colin currently works as the ICD Coordinator for the United Steelworkers of America (USW), Local 307 in Topeka, KS – and maintains his position here at The Bison Group, in Kansas City, KS. Colin is also currently pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Political Management at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Campaign and Elections Magazine recently name Colin one of their "Influencers 500"
Colin Curtis, president, The Bison Group - Curtis has ties to state lawmakers and labor making him a formidable lobbyist and campaign advisor.
- George Washington UniversityMaster of Professional Studies in Political Management, 2014 - present
- Washburn UniversityPolitical Science, 2010 - 2012
- Kansas State UniversityPolitical Science, 2008 - 2010
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