New task force created by Kansas governor seeks to increase efficiency of school spending
By Greg Janetka
TOPEKA, Kansas: The School Efficiency Task Force, recently created and appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback (R), officially got under way today as they seek ways to put more state funding directly into classrooms. Today's schedule includes two and a half hours for a presentation from the Kansas Policy Institute, a free-market advocacy group, and hour and a half long presentations from representatives of the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Kansas State Department of Education.
Brownback announced the creation of the task force on September 28 with the goal of meeting the state law that requires at least 65 percent of state funds for school districts be spent in the classroom or on instruction. According to the Governor's office, only 15 of the state's 286 school districts currently meet that goal.
However, there has been disagreement over key points. Democratic Sen. Anthony Hensley stated, “There's two fallacies to that statement. First, there's no state law requiring 65 percent, it’s a policy goal. Secondly, every single school district — all 286 school districts in Kansas — invest at least 65 percent into the classroom." Additionally, Democrats have criticized the governor for failing to appoint anyone to the panel who actually works in a school while packing it with CPAs.
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